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Why We Love It
Just landed! A nearly new-old stock F serial Rolex Submariner 'Kermit' dating to roughly 2003/2004.
Here at A/S, we appreciate when modern reissues pay homage to vintage classics, as evident in the Kermits 'Maxi' style luminous plots found on Vintage Subs. Featuring an attractive green bezel, the Kermit simply is unique in nature, and you certainly won't mistake it for a regular Sub. As such, a minor difference such as the bezel color can be the difference in a $10,000 Submariner or one that costs double that. Not to mention the Kermit is much rarer.
Examples of the Reference 16610LV are scarce, owing to its relatively short production run of only seven years. Its scarcity has made it quite collectible, and hotly-desired among enthusiasts. This is one of the few times we have been able to offer one, and we couldn’t be happier.
For over six decades the Rolex Submariner has weathered the changing tides of popular tastes. Born as a tool watch beloved of everyone from James Bond to undersea explorers, it metamorphosed over those sixty years into something that anyone from seasoned collectors to new watch enthusiasts would want to own. Without hyperbole, it is without question Rolex’s most popular watch.
Throughout the years, the changes that the Submariner has undergone have been gradual, more in keeping with function than aesthetics. Crowns have gotten bigger (as with the Reference 5510), or smaller (the Reference 5508). Luminescent material on the dial has been radium, tritium, and SuperLuminova.
But until this watch, a Reference 16610LV, was introduced, it had never been green.
In terms of color, the Submariner had always been relatively staid when compared to Rolex’s other watches. After all, a tool watch doesn’t need to be pretty, it just needs to do its job, so the color never mattered much—at a certain depth even the brightest colors look grey. However, as the 50th anniversary of the model’s introduction approached, Rolex wanted to celebrate its old faithful with something entirely new.
The Reference 16610LV was introduced in 2003. Those little letters at the end of the reference number hold the secret to this watch’s allure. In this case, the LV stands for “lunette vert,” or green bezel.
Stainless steel case is approximately 40mm (excluding the crown). Rolex automatic-winding movement. Circa 2003/2004.
Overall Condition: The case is in like-new condition overall showing minimal signs of use. Luminous black dial is in excellent condition with superluminova indices and handset. Signed crown.
Includes stainless steel Oyster bracelet, inner and outer boxes, pamphlets, and the original receipt from 2004.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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