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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 2018
    Reference No: 116610LV
    Case No: J4357936
    Model Name: Submariner “Hulk”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3135, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed.
    Accessories: Includes three extra links. Accompanied by original hangtag, seal, retailer-stamped guarantee card dated February 20th, 2018, leather wallet, instruction manual, inner and outer presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    A bookish, introspective, and quietly tortured scientist by day, transformed by rage and magic into a muscled, scantily clad, and verdant partner of the Avengers, the Incredible Hulk lends his trademark green skin to the nickname for Rolex’s reference 116610LV “Hulk.” The watch collecting community once again selected an apt nickname for such a bombastic offering.

    As the successor to the anniversary Submariner reference 16610LV nicknamed “the Kermit”, which had a bright green metal bezel, Rolex updated the 116610LV with their signature Cerachrom bezel in green paired with a sunburst “green gold” dial as a fitting successor. First released in 2010, the update included broader lugs and Rolex’s Glidelock bracelet clasp for ease of adjustment as well. The “Hulk” was discontinued in 2020, and a further successor introduced in 2021 – nicknamed the “Starbucks” or “Cermit” with the same green Cerachrom bezel, but now with a black dial and updated 41mm case.

    Now highly sought-after by collectors around the world, this pristine example of the Submariner Hulk from the original owner is a rare opportunity to own one of Rolex’s most coveted modern wristwatches. It is further accompanied by its original suite of accessories for the most demanding of collectors.


  • 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. 116610LV
An unworn, brightly colored, and attractive stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with center seconds, date, green ceramic bezel, guarantee, and presentation box

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed.

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $94,500

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The 2021 New York Watch Auction

New York Auction 11 - 12 December 2021