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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2003
    Reference No: 16610LV
    Case No: Y946’935
    Model Name: Submariner
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped 93250, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant buckle, stamped 93250 and AD7
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex Guarantee stamped by Shiy Mei Zai Watch Co. and dated April 22, 2004, Rolex green leather presentation box, outer box, warranty translation booklet, brochures, plastic bezel protector, anchor accessory and original hang tags

  • Catalogue Essay

    Dubbed with the lighthearted nickname “Kermit”, the name of a widely-adored Muppet character, the green bezel Submariner was introduced in 2003 by Rolex to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Submariner model. ‘LV’ in the reference number of the present watch stands for “Lunette Verte”.

    This particular example has a “Y” serial number which means it dates to circa 2003, making the present watch one of the earliest example of the 50th anniversary model. As the Anniversary model was in production until circa 2010, the series has become increasingly collectable and sought after in the market. Adding an element of exclusivity, the present watch features the distinctive flat 4 on the bezel which was produced for a very short period of time. While the present watch is one of the earliest examples of the model, presented in 'New Old Stock' condition and the presence of all its original accessories. The case and bracelet are in superlative condition. The dial is spotless, whereas the hands and hour markers are luminescent and matching in tone.

  • 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 very fine and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with date, center seconds, bracelet, guarantee, presentation box and original hang tags

Circa 2003
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

HK$120,000 - 200,000 

Sold for HK$237,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018