Rolex - Phillips Watches Online Auction: The Geneva Sessions Fall 2023 Geneva Friday, September 8, 2023 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2005
    Reference No: 16610LV
    Movement No: 39'955'197
    Case No: D'345'506
    Model Name: Submariner “Kermit”, Flat Four
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3135, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped “93250”, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    - The Rolex Submariner reference 16610LV was originally released in 2003 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rolex’s pioneering divers’ watch. In production until 2010, the model has been warmly nicknamed the “Kermit” thanks to its colour scheme resemblance to the Muppet Frog. Replaced by reference 116610LV in 2010, the “Kermit” remains ones of the most sought-after Submariner models on the market.

    - Featuring a black "MAXI" dial, with slightly larger hour markers and hands, the dial configuration ties back with Rolex’s earlier vintage Submariner models and their dial layout.

    - A fantastic opportunity not to miss, the present Rolex Submariner reference 16610LV, from circa 2005, bearing a "D" serial case is offered in virtually unworn condition still retaining its factory holographic caseback sticker.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 16610LV
A fine and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with center seconds, date, "Flat Four" bezel, holographic caseback sticker and bracelet

Circa 2005
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

CHF12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for CHF20,320

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Phillips Watches Online Auction: The Geneva Sessions Fall 2023

8 - 15 September 2023