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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 2003
    Reference No: 16610LV
    Case No: Y9*****
    Model Name: "Y Series" Anniversary Submariner
    Material: Stainless Steel
    Bracelet/Strap: Automatic Rolex 3135
    Clasp/Buckle: Steel Fliplock
    Accessories: Rolex Presentation Box & Instruction Booklets

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    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
One of the very first Anniversary Submariners ever produced, this extremely rare "Y Series" example is found in practically unworn condition. Only available for a few months in the anniversary year of 2003, this coveted Fat Four example has never been worn and was presented to a VIP Rolex client. Considered the 'True Anniversary' models and considered the Holy Grail of Kermit production, they are almost impossible to find and seldom found in such pristine condition. Presented with Rolex box, and Submariner instruction booklets.