Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE Hong Kong Monday, November 25, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2004
    Reference No: 16610LV
    Movement No: 0’340’453
    Case No: F517’731
    Model Name: Submariner "Kermit"
    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 stamped “CL6”
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Rolex Guarantee stamped Leonardo JLRS dated 19th October 2004, service invoice, anchor, hang tags, instruction manual, product literature, outer packaging and fitted presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    With the 50th anniversary of the Rolex Submariner in 2003, the ref. 16610LV was introduced to the world. Immediately hyped, collectors were intrigued with the unusual yet intriguing “apple” green bezel earning its nickname the “Kermit” rather than the traditional black. Furthermore, reflecting amongst its forefathers, the ref. 16610LV was fitted with a maxi-dial with enlarged luminous plots resembling its ascendants from the 1970’s and early 1980’s.

    The present example is a Rolex Submariner ref. 16610LV F series. The series was the first to be produced. Examples bearing an F serial were produced from the second half of 2003 until the end of 2004. Further accompanied by the original guarantee and presentation box, this is a fantastic chance to acquire an early example of a milestone Submariner.

  • 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 rare stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with date, sweep center seconds, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2004
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$100,000 - 220,000 

Sold for HK$150,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019