Rolex Green Submariner (Ref. 116610LV)  2 Comments


The Rolex Submariner has for decades been the touchstone of many watch collectors. Despite the age of the model, it has a very strong following from all over the world. Over the recent years Rolex has updated its sports range to compete with other brands that looked to over take its market share. The redesigned ceramic bezels of the sports range is one such distinct change. However, the new standard Submariner Date in black ceramic in steel had too much in common with the earlier GMT II ceramic to be a new ground breaker. When Rolex released information about its Green Submariner last year, it looked immediately like a winner. Distinct and with a colour that has been associated with Rolex for many decades. On the wrist, this watch is easily recognisable. Fortunately the colour does not look gimicky in the metal as first thought when images were released.  The watch feels a lot less dressier than the GMT II due to the all brushed still finish on its bracelet and the new Glidelock clasp is a wonderful invention to suit any micro changes wrist size due to temperature and weather affects on skin. While the cased is sized at a more modern 40mm, it looks and feel larger than its published dimensions. 

Due to the completely different materials used on the bezel and dial, capturing the watch in its correct colour to the eye is very challenging (the lack of anti reflective coating did not help). Most unofficial web images show the dial to be near black or a green darker than the bezel. This is caused by reflections of the metallic dial finish as well as incorrect exposure metering. Here is my "poster" type shot of the watch. As usual, click on it to view it in larger format.

For more information about the ceramic submariners, download the official brochure from Rolex from THIS LINK or this official webpage.



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