The Rolex 16610 is the iconography of the brand. Over the years, certain variations of the model have resonated with collectors and members of the community. One such example is the Rolex 16610, which made its debut in 1987. This variation is notable for its stainless steel construction and aluminum bezel insert. It remained in production for over twenty years until Rolex retired the reference in 2010. Since then, it’s continued to live on in the pre-owned market as one of the most highly sought-after variations. Buying a Rolex 16610 watch means owning an important piece of the model’s history. We have a superior selection of exceptional used Rolex 16610 watches for sale.
Practical and stylish – these were Rolex’s guiding principles when designing the Submariner back in 1953. Over the years, certain variations of the model have captivated collectors. One of the first and most notable came just a few years after the collection’s initial release. In 1959, Rolex launched a model that introduced the oversized crown and crown guards that have since become standard within the line. It gained widespread popularity after an endorsement from the legendary actor and racer Steve McQueen. In the 1960s, another noteworthy version surfaced, which caught people’s attention on the wrist of 007 himself in the film Dr. No.
However, not every popular variation of the model came from star power. Others tugged deeper at the heartstrings of true watch nerds. As Rolex integrated subtle changes in design and materials into the line, collectors took notice. Some welcomed the changes and others remained nostalgic for models past. There’s one particular iteration whose trajectory and significance is worth tracing: the Rolex 16610.
The brand first unveiled the Rolex 16610 in 1987. The Rolex 16610 is most notable for its stainless steel construction and aluminum bezel insert. Part of its allure is in these characteristics, which didn’t carry through to the next variation of the model. In addition to these features, the Rolex 16610 brought about a few other design elements that are important in the evolution of the collection. One example is the shift from tritium to LumiNova for the lume on the dial. Another is the switch from drilled to non-drilled lugs. Lastly, it marked the addition of the serial number and brand name engraved on the inner bezel.
The Rolex 16610 remained in production for over two decades. In that time, there’s one particularly special variation of the model that debuted in 2003. That year, the brand introduced the Rolex 16610LV in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the beloved model. It featured a date function and a bright green bezel contrasted by a black maxi dial. With its design, it acquired the nickname “Kermit” after Jim Henson’s treasured Muppet character. The green model was such it success, it later inspired the all-green Hulk in 2010. However, with the introduction of the Hulk came the retirement of the Kermit.
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