Rolex, Submariner “Kermit 50th Anniversary Edition "MK I" 'Fat 4’, Ref. 16610LV
Model: Submariner 50th Anniversary "Kermit" Fat 4 - No Holes Case
Reference Number: 16610LV / 16610T
Condition: Very good, minor surface scratches due to normal wear and age.
Time Period: 2004
Box & Papers: Box ( No papers )
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 40 mm
Thickness: 13 mm
Waterproof: 1000 ft./ 300 m./ 30 ATM
Bezel Material: Stainless steel green unidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated, Arabic numerals every 10 minutes, and graduations
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Dial: Black - MK 1
Dial Numerals: 18K white gold and luminescent round hour indices, white painted minute markers around the outer rim
Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel - Oyster 904L - 93250 - 13 links
Clasp: Folding Oysterlock safety clasp
Clasp material: Stainless Steel engraved 93250 CL1 (year 2004)
Hours, minutes, center sweep seconds, date aperture at 3 o’clock, 48-hour power reserve
Round shape three-body case is brushed and polished
18K white gold and luminescent Mercedes hours hand, spade minute hand, stick seconds hand
Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Cyclops lens over the date at 3 o'clock
Stainless steel waterproof screw-down crown, stainless steel screw-down case back, Triplock triple waterproofness system
This model is equipped with caliber 3135, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Like all Rolex Perpetual movements, the 3135 is a certified Swiss chronometer, a designation reserved for high-precision watches that have successfully passed the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) tests. It is fitted with a Parachrom hairspring, offering greater resistance to shocks and temperature variations. In common with all Oyster watch movements, its architecture makes it singularly reliable.
This mechanism oscillates at the frequency of 28,800 vph (4 Hz).
The Anniversary Submariner Decoding:
B1: Fat Four “Serifed,” the inside of the four in ‘40’ is squared at the top, but all the numbers with internal angles have very sharp, pronounced serifs in the classic Rolex style. The bezel is slightly lighter olive green than the bezels that follow (nicknamed Bertolli).
D1: ‘Oval O’ in Rolex.
-Widely spaced ‘Oyster Perpetual Date’ signature where the ‘R’ of Oyster sits between the legs of the ‘R’ in Rolex
-Wide ‘Swiss Made’ with five shortened minute markers underneath its entire length
C1: The first production LV’s featured the new ‘T’ case with solid lugs and the model number 16610T engraved between the lugs, with “T” standing for “Trou Borgne,” or “blind hole.” It is important to note that the model number engraved on the case does NOT have the suffix LV. The serial number is engraved between the lugs at six o’clock in the traditional Rolex style.
Bracelet: The bracelet, reference 93250, is similar to the 16610LN in that it was originally composed of 13 links. The folding clasp with a date code is used to determine whether the bracelet matches the watch's production year:
CL denotes the manufacturing year of 2004 and is found on the F series; the number 1 denotes the month of January.
This F series (F319***) example belongs to the following category:
Mark I: Serial Y94-F54
The earliest known so far begin ‘Y94’, so very few were produced before the serial numbers changed to ‘F,’ but ‘Fat Four’ examples with serial numbers below F54 are the grail watches of the LV family.
The older model 16610 productions had holes drilled through the sides of the case to accommodate the spring bars. With the newer model 16610 watches, there are no holes on the sides of the watch, giving the Submariner a cleaner and more refined look.
Produced for only eight years (2003–2010), the reference 16610LV, affectionately dubbed "Kermit" by Rolex collectors, is rapidly increasing in value.
It is here that collectors refer to the most desirable version as "Mark 1," "MK1," or "Fat Four," referring to the insert found on the Y and F series (2003 and 2004), as well as the first generation dial.
The term "Fat Four" is derived from the flat on top of the number four. The typography of the 4 is far more attractive than that of the subsequent versions.
Thus, this insert's typography evolved from the series by becoming more pointed at the end of 2004.
Incomplete (with box, no papers)
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