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Rolex Submariner 116610LV In Green Watch Review

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The Rolex Submariner Date reference 116610LV, aka “Hulk,” is the Rolex Submariner we all know and love (there are always dissenters, I imagine) but with a green ceramic bezel and green dial. It commands a price premium over the more traditional black ceramic bezel and matching black dial “classic” Rolex Submariner 116610LN reference model and further exists in the interesting pantheon of green Rolex watches that have often been released as special anniversary pieces for the brand.

As is the case with many timepieces that I eventually end up being very fond of, the green-dialed Rolex Submariner was not a timepiece I was immediately enamored with when it was first debuted in 2010. It was hardly that I didn’t like it – especially as I am pretty sure green is my favorite color – but rather that I was a bit ambivalent towards it. I believe my thinking at the time was that the black-dialed Submariner was so good, it was going to be tough to convince consumers to get green instead of black, or to ask them to pony up and buy both. I also want to note that while the green “Hulk” Rolex Submariner 116610LV isn’t a limited edition, it’s not the type of watch Rolex will make forever. Its popularity has kept it in production, but Rolex could quietly stop making it at any time without notice or reason.

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Over the years, I’ve admired the green Submariner from afar seeing it on fellow watch lovers, celebrities, and even hearing some people criticize it. Someone whose taste I admire even called it “uncool.” Mind you, at the time, this person was wearing a Rolex (a vintage Daytona on a bund-style cuff strap) so they weren’t exactly hostile to the brand. I believe their reasoning was that in their opinion wearing the green-dialed Rolex Submariner 116610LV came across to him as though someone was “trying too hard.” Trying too hard to what? Well, perhaps stand out or be unique.

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I agree that if that is why you purchase this watch, or any watch for that matter, then it isn’t cool. I do, however, disagree that the green Rolex Submariner 116610LV isn’t a cool watch – it just depends on how you wear it. First of all, green is obviously a key color for Rolex, given that it is the brand’s primary trademark hue. What I like, however, is that Rolex likes to play with various shades of green. That means the various green Rolex watches out there, from Daytona watches to Presidents, have different shades and finishes of green. I personally think that if I were sufficiently funded I would very much like to have a collection of as many different green-dialed Rolex watches as I could get my hands on.

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Another justification for me in adding the green Rolex Submariner 116610LV Date to my collection is that I already had another similar modern Rolex Submariner watch in black. However, this wasn’t the Submariner Date but rather the Rolex Submariner “No Date” reference 114060 which has a beautiful symmetrical dial. Thus, I didn’t have a Rolex Submariner Date in my collection, so adding the green Rolex Submariner 116610LV didn’t feel too redundant.


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I speak about this because it is important for collectors to think about not only the wearing versatility of any particular watch they want to add to their collection, but also about the overall versatility of their collection, having watches for various occasions, not having too much redundancy. For example, if you have too many steel dress watches that are mostly the same, then you are bound to wear some of them more than others. That leaves some watches very lonely – and that just isn’t fair to those watches… right?

Rolex Submariner 116610LV In Green Watch Review Submariner Wrist Time Reviews

Rolex Submariner 116610LV In Green Watch Review Submariner Wrist Time Reviews

This is really not the time for me to once again review the Rolex Submariner watch in general. We’ve done that a number of times in useful articles that I’ll point out to you such as the Rolex Submariner 114060 I previously mentioned and an overall review of the Rolex Submariner 116610 here. We also compared the Rolex Submariner to the Tudor Heritage Black Bay watch here. Right now, I’ll focus on this green bezel and dial Rolex Submariner 116610LV reference model and what is important to say about it specifically.

Rolex Submariner 116610LV In Green Watch Review Submariner Wrist Time Reviews

With that said, I should of course remind you of some key reasons why Rolex Submariner watches are so popular to begin with. For me it is less about its long heritage going back to 1953, and more about how Rolex has nurtured a beautiful, elegant, timeless, masculine, and sporty design into a modern watch as it has continually improved it.

Rolex Submariner 116610LV In Green Watch Review Submariner Wrist Time Reviews

Rolex Submariner 116610LV In Green Watch Review Submariner Wrist Time Reviews

While the Rolex Submariner has always been a good watch, it wasn’t until the 1990s, in my opinion, that Rolex started to hyper-focus on using modern technology and production techniques to inject as much meticulous detailing into the watch as possible. The use of 904L steel which polishes up better than 316L in certain ways along with extremely tight component tolerances lends themselves to a look that no other watch brand has been able to really replicate.

Rolex Submariner 116610LV In Green Watch Review Submariner Wrist Time Reviews

That’s sort of funny if you think about it because the Rolex Submariner is among the most copied watches in the world. Nevertheless, I’ve never worn anything that feels the same as an authentic Rolex Submariner on the wrist, nor that has the same visual impact, especially the brushed finishing on the bracelet and the pristine detailing of the dial. At 40mm wide, it is the smallest sport watch I will wear.

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The Rolex Submariner of 1957, next to the latest version from 2012

When Rolex introduced the current generation of Rolex Submariner watches with broader lugs and the “Maxi Dial” face I finally decided to try them out in earnest. It isn’t just the case itself with its brilliantly-refined proportions that make the size look good, but also the fact that the bracelet tapers – allowing for greater wearing comfort as well as a visual increase in the perceived mass of the case.

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Water resistant to 300 meters (as if anyone doesn’t know the Rolex Submariner’s iconic water resistance rating) the Rolex Submariner makes the perfect daily sport watch with its relatively thick case and classy look that can actually become formal when necessary. In black, the Rolex Submariner has the versatility of a black tuxedo (James Bond does sporty stuff in a tux), but what about in green?

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The beauty of the green Submariner is that it isn’t as stylistically versatile as the black model. That means while the green color doesn’t work everywhere (such as with a tuxedo), when it does work it looks incredible. Moreover, in our culture green has a range of useful symbolism varying from the color of nature to the color of money. Thus, when you can pull off the green color, it just makes you smile to see the unique color (for a classic watch, that is) mixed with an incredibly iconic look.

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That isn’t to say that all green watches work well. What works well with the green Rolex Submariner 116610LV is a very interesting formula. For me, that formula begins with something classic, generally accepted, and timeless. In other words, the “core look” of the Rolex Submariner. Then, once you have a design people know about and generally like, you can make things interesting by tweaking just one element. That tweak here is changing black to green… and voilà. What you have as a result is just a little bit of controversy in something that is otherwise not controversial.

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This concept is so important for me to convey that I want to mention it again. A very successful formula for good design is to take something that is generally accepted and admired and giving it just a slight amount of controversy. Too much controversy and you alienate pretty much anyone who is even remotely conservative. Make something too conservative and you alienate everyone who wants a timepiece that says something about themselves as an individual. You see, that is the operative concept there – being able to communicate something about yourself

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As much as I love wearing a black Rolex Submariner, it doesn’t tell anyone who knows about watches anything about me. It just says I like sport watches and have enough disposable income to afford a luxury product. It doesn’t really say what makes me unique. A downside of wearing many Rolex watches, and especially the most popular ones, is that they force you to blend in. Alternatively, if you want to communicate something more distinctive about yourself but don’t want to make it too “out there,” then consider what I said earlier about getting something otherwise conservative, but with a controversial twist to it. In this case, that controversy is the color green.

Rolex Submariner 116610LV In Green Watch Review Submariner Wrist Time Reviews

Rolex Submariner 116610LV In Green Watch Review Submariner Wrist Time Reviews

Prior to the Rolex Submariner 116610LV there was the previous “50th Anniversary” (of the Rolex Submariner) reference 16610LV that had the same black dial but with a green bezel. Debuted in 2003, the bezel of the Rolex Submariner 16610 series was an aluminum insert, which by contrast feels cheap and primitive to the Cerachrom ceramic bezels used on Rolex Submariner models today. Understand that making a black ceramic bezel is easier than green because black as a color is more stable. Colors such as green tend to be far less consistent in the ceramic baking process. This is why you actually see relatively few ceramic colors, and mostly black or white. Darker colors are much easier to get done well, but tones such as blue, red, orange, yellow, pink, or green are either uncommon or wholly unavailable because they end up looking like crap.



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  • I think the green dial with the green bezel works better than the green bezel alone with the black dial. While I’m far from a Sub fanboy, I appreciate that the Hulk/Kermit Sub is a nice way to spice up an iconic watch. I agree that most Submariners don’t say much about the wearer while this greenie does say that you choose to be a bit different.

  • Bill W

    The guy who called it uncool, the guy with the Daytona on the bund strap…be honest, Ariel…that was Lenny Kravitz, right?

  • word-merchant

    Awesome watch.

  • Martin

    Rolex Submariner for me is one of the best versatile pieces you can actually get. Fantastic build quality, design, proportion, status, it just go so well on anything and in any occasion.
    Personally, if I had enough m, I would probably get black, green and blue Sub. model…cause so good they are

    • Bill W

      Which blue one would you want, white gold, yellow gold, or the two-tone yellow gold and steel?

      • Martin

        Must say I do not like two tone case or bracelet watchess regardless of material, so probably would go with the “simple” one 🙂

        • Bill W

          As far as I know there is no blue steel Sub. If you don’t want two-tone (understandable) then you’re down to all gold, white or yellow. Some of the white gold ones have diamond hour markers, although that model may be discontinued. I think Rolex made blue steel Subs in the ’70s for the Asian market (Japan?). Very rare, perhaps even more $ than a new gold Sub.

          • Martin

            I used apostrophe for the word simple….I meant = whitegold, that is the only that it isnt two-toned in the blue version

          • Martin

            …bit I wouldnt mind any of them nevertheless 😉

          • Bill W
          • Or you can build one from a 16610. It’s not too difficult to source a blue sub dial and bezel insert. There’s even a 116610 up on the Flea Bay right now with a blue dial and ceramic insert. I know some people look down on such things, but if you have a competent watchmaker and aren’t assembling it for any nefarious resale purposes, it seems like a viable option.

          • Bill W

            I guess. I have a bit of a problem with a dial change. A bezel change not as much.

  • BrJean

    Very sweet colour! If I decide to buy a sub I would definitely go for all-green version.

    P.S. I was having a strong sense of deja vu while reading this review but I guess it’s ok for Rolex articles…

  • Antjay

    It was Rolex that first got me interested in “quality watches” . I remember as a kid seeing their ad’s in Readers Digest , explaining what was so special about their Submariner model . I was hooked . Love the green model but sadly $9000+ is still somewhat out of my watch buying league .

  • ??????

    Love green watches, but the tone of the color here doesn’t attract me (too warm?). I prefer more emerald’ish tones of green.

  • Marius

    According to this article: “I will once again extoll the virtues of GlideLock, which is Rolex’s particular micro-adjust system in the bracelet that allows you to micro-adjust the bracelet for precision comfort.”

    Well, the reality is that Glashutte Original was the first brand to introduce a micro-adjust system in their sport watches. You would activate it by pressing the GO logo on the clasp. Rolex just copied this system.

    Also, according to this article: “I’ll thank Bob’s Watches in Southern California for this particular green Rolex Submariner watch as I acquired it from them. Not only will you save some money, but you get to know that someone before you bought the watch for a celebratory purpose, and now you get to inherit some of that joy.”

    Well, personally, I never looked at pre-owned watches that way. I don`t think that buying a second hand watch would allow me to “inherit the joy” of the previous owner. Rather, when I`m looking at a used watch, I always think that the anterior possessor used said timepiece while trying to hook up with Thai ladyboys in Bangers (colloquial for Bangkok). As for the movement, well, that was probably messed up by some “watch guy” working in a booth on 47th Street.

    • Jerry Mathers

      You could tell if it belonged to AC3 if it had a thin layer of glaze over the AR.

      • Bill W

        From donuts or ladyboys?

        • Jerry Mathers

          Well, AC3 is pure class and would never divulge the source of said substance.

  • The hulk is cool, but green just ain’t my thing. I am a no-date sub or Batman kind of guy.

  • SuperStrapper

    It’s too bad there is not a single red line of text here. Then it could be called a “Christmas Hulk” and be extra ugly, ensuring that collectors would be willing to pay half a million for it in 35 years.

  • I knew a guy who had an aftermarket red aluminum bezel in his 16610 (this was a few years before the Black Bay hit the market) and my first reaction was to scream “sacrilege!” but it was undeniably more unique than the ubiquitous black. It’s one of those things that grows on you, I suppose. I don’t know if I could rock a full green sub, though, but good on you if you can pull it off. I’d be tempted to throw on a green and black stingray strap and go full-on Aquaman if one ever came into my possession.

  • Gustavo

    I recently bought a green sub. At the store, I’ve tried the twotone blue dial, black dial and the Gmt II batman. None of those could be compared in beauty and simplicity with the hulk. The twotone is a very beautiful watch, but the bracelet is too shiny for my taste. The green dial gets specially beuatiful when exposed to sun light. The finishing of this watch is just amazing. Ceramic glitters, the bracelet fits and weare perfctly.

  • SharpsvilleBill

    I’ll take my Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT with power reserve any day over this over priced, mass produced lunacy.

    • IG

      I would spend that money on booze rather than on a Seiko LOL

      • Rockymet

        I wasted 10% of my money on food and rent, the rest I spent on booze, women and watches.

    • cluedog12

      The Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT is a great watch in all its guises, but there’s no need to trash Rolex to elevate Seiko. I admire both brands for similar reasons; for one, their collections do not turnover every few years. Grand Seiko has a bit more flash, but they’re both quality goods.

      If you find the hysteria surrounding Rolex to be a bit of a turn-off though, on that I’d have to agree.

  • Omegaboy

    Ugly, ugly crown guards. Even if I could, I wouldn’t buy a new Sub because of this single detail.

    • Gokart Mozart

      Every single Rolex that has crown guards, has ugly crown guards. The worst is on the Daytona.

      Objectively if you look at the case shape details and design I would say it is mediocre at best. For example virtually a straight line from lug to the widest point of the case. No sexy curves or interesting shapes. Most rolexs except the sea dwellers when looking side on have a very slim lug and centre case height compared to him much of the watch is below this level. It makes it look dainty and feminine.

  • A_watches

    this is a damn cool watch, have to be seen and tried on wrist to really appreciate how great it is.

  • Jerry Mathers

    Not trying to be contentious, but that’s almost a short story about a color change. I admire the eloquent prose, but imagine if Car and Driver wrote a whole four page article on a [Stop the Presses!] new shade of blue Corvette. Nice watch, great brand.

    • Gokart Mozart

      You just saved me having to make this comment. This short review was longer than most of your indepth reviews

      • Jerry Mathers

        Rolex seems to have this effect on otherwise rational minds.

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    I like the green sub. But here I’ll display my plebian tastes and say that I would do backflips naked in front of the Queen, and the in-laws, every last one of them. If I could have a green bezel, black dial ( Kermit) sub. I know others here are not so keen but I’ve had a thing about this colour combination from the first time I saw a Rolex. I’ve even got cheaper divers in this colour combo, but Rolex are the originals.

  • TrevorXM

    I have come to really love the Tudor Pelagos in black and find it far more desirable than a Submariner. I never used to even like it, but it has become stronger now that it’s been around a while and I got used to and now really like the “snowflake” hand. After reading this review, watching the video, I know why the Submariner has gone in the opposite direction. The Submariner just looks tired. It doesn’t look timeless any more, it looks dated. It looks like a watch for old men who can’t recognize that the world has moved on. It is finally over for the Submariner. But that’s just my opinion.

    • ablogman

      Tend to share your opinion. But as someone who wears — and enjoys — his Royal Oak 15450, I might be excused for admittedly retrograde tastes.

    • Gokart Mozart

      As you guys will know I am not a Rolex fan, but I think the problem is that because they are a one watch company they are limited in what they can do and so the watch’s just get blingier and bigger with more text.

      Look at the way it has developed over the years. Stylistically it has gone from sober to more like tag or breitling

      • Bill W

        While they’ve all improved technically over the years, in my opinion every single long-term or “classic” Rolex watch line was better looking in the past. They’ve all gone backwards in beauty.

        • The Victorious Boogur T. Wang

          Me too. The older I get – the worse I look.

          • IG

            Take a walk on the Botox Boulevard.

  • Shinytoys

    what else could possibly be said that hasn’t been said. A slam dunk classic…

  • otaking241

    Interesting that these don’t demand much of a premium on the second-hand market. Plain-Jane LN subs seem to go for ~$7K while the Hulk LV models seem to be asking only $500 or so more. Compare that to the difference between the LN GMT IIc (seen regularly around $6-6.5K) and the Batman BLNR ($8K+). I imagine you can chalk this up to the fact that the BLNR is still pretty new to the market but I think it also speaks to the fact that the LV sub is just not that popular, at least among enthusiasts who tend to deal in these markets.

  • Larry Holmack

    Stop the press!!!! Call the networks!!!! Rolex now has a green ceramic bezel, and green dial on a Submariner!!! Maybe President-elect Trump needs to hold a Press Conference to talk about this amazing new watch!!!!

    As Archie Bunker used to say, ” Whooptee Dooooo!!!”.

    • Dinkee, H. O.

      I will be doing the White House press conferences when it comes to horology, and I will take into consideration your wise suggestion.

      • Jerry Mathers

        Perhaps you could summon a celebrity pal to gush over your own green Rolexes together. Could be a Pulitzer Prize winning piece.

  • cluedog12

    The Hulk has more personality than the normal Sub, but is still ubiquitous enough to have a nickname. It’s undoubtably a great watch, but every time I consider one, my eyes are always drawn away to something that is a bit quirkier.

    Now about the E class comparison…

    The new Mercedes E Class is pretty damn charming inside compared to the previous generation. Trust me, it’s gone from taxi cab sexy to Grand Seiko sexy.

  • sfbaydawg221

    So much text on the dial in the modern version.

  • alex ioancio

    I am going to buy one! It stay on my cortex for 15 years by now! Thats enough

  • Shawn Lavigne

    nice watch. but i’d rather save the money and get a tudor pelagos or north flag. would never wear rolex again. and i think rolex makes an awesome watch. but i have my reasons.

    • Bossman

      Do share

  • Dinkee, H. O.

    The cultural significance of this green/green Rolex Submariner is so huge it is hard to put into perspective. I was as stunned as anybody when Rolex broke out and shook the world with its release, and even now we’re all just still picking up the pieces and trying get our heads around what it means to horology and the future of humanity. I would put it close to the impact that The Great Man has made with his mandate to rule America. Though it is not quite on the same level as the ceramic Daytona, which was comparable to an extinction event asteroid impact. For generations to come we will all be discussing the merits of this green vs. the black model vs. the green and black.

    I am shocked that you only did a two page piece on this with a short video, as this is certainly worthy of a five page, multi-video series so that it could be considered from all perspectives.

    • Marius

      My distinguished colleague,

      As you rightly pointed out, the green Submariner is indeed a groundbraking event for humanity. To better comprehend its importance, NASA has set up a dream team comprised of the finest minds to study this event. May I introduce the A-Team of horology:

      1. Ben “HOWLING MAD” Clymer
      2. Ariel “B.A. BARACUS” Adams
      3. Stylishly dressed old guy
      4. Not so stylishly dressed fat guy

      • Dinkee, H. O.

        I wish I could take that photo back. But at least I am taller than my wannabe.

      • Lincolnshire Poacher

        Yo! Crazy Fool, (I ain’t gettin in no plane)

      • Ariel Adams

        OK. That made me laugh 🙂

  • HectorAsuipe

    Hulk say, “Add some purple text!”

  • Chefcook RLX

    I love the green dial. However, the green bezel is a big turn off. Looks like cheap plastics compared to the wonderful green aluminium bezel of the previous model.

  • Cuppa Joe

    On paper, the Hulk is FAR superior to the Kermit in almost every way: bracelet, materials, ceramic, etc. But the proportions of the “new” submariners have always looked awful to me. They’re ugly, ungainly, and those poorly-tapered lugs are horrible.

    If I had to choose, I’d pick the Kermit. But then again, the Black Bay has better dimensions, a better power reserve, and it’s brand new.

  • Ulysses31

    I think I hate that Mercedes hand.

  • commentator bob

    “Darker colors are much easier to get done well, but tones such as blue, red, orange, yellow, pink, or green are either uncommon or wholly unavailable because they end up looking like crap.”

    Leaving out the Chinese (e.g. Parnis) and niche (e.g. Steinhart) brands that do ceramic bezels in almost every color in the $100 to $600 range, there is also the Swatch group, which offers the Tissot Seastar automatic 300m dive watch with a black, red or blue ceramic bezel available in the $500 – $600 range online.

    Nothing really magic anymore about colored ceramic.

    • Lincolnshire Poacher


  • Lauren clive

    They keep switching model numbers for that 2894 chrono on How innovating.

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