Submariner’s history started in 1953 when Hans Wilsdorf was convinced that the world needed a special timepiece for exploring the deepest parts of the oceans. By combining some of the brand’s most innovative features, such as the perpetual automatic winding mechanism and the Oyster waterproof case the Submariner took shape, an extremely popular diving watch with an utterly modern design and impressive water resistance capabilities.
Decades have passed since its debute, but the Submariner remains one of the most appreciated wristwatches on the globe. Even though it was initially created for professionals who were eager to discover what’s beneath the water’s surface, in time it has turned out to be a true fashion and luxury icon. To celebrate its mark on the watches world, in 2004 on its 50th anniversary, Rolex launched a special edition Submariner called 16610LV. The striking chromatics and a few key details made this Submariner model a very attractive timepiece.
Mostly, the notable differences between the previous 16610 Submariner and the 50th Anniversary Submariner are found on the dial and bezel. The most obvious detail is the vibrant green color of the unidirectional rotating bezel. The watch comes with a green ceramic bezel insert which creates a stunning contrast with the matte black dial. This makes the special edition model instantly recognizable and highlights the idea that the Submariner has stepped into the modern era where cutting edge functionality and unique aesthetics blend in the most extraordinary forms.
Another very important particularity of the Submariner 16610 LV is the addition of the iconic “Maxi Dial” which is usually used on the YachtMaster. The thing about the Maxi Dial is that it offers superior dial legibility due to the larger white gold markers. The size difference is considerably obvious yet subtly integrated in the overall dressy design of the watch. Rolex brings very nice upgrades to the classic Submariner without compromising its highly conservative approach to style and change.
At the moment, Rolex is no longer making the 16610 LV Submariner as it has been replaced by the version with a green dial and a green bezel which is even more appealing for the younger Submariner fan. Due to the low availability of the original 50th Anniversary Submariner this is one of the most desired and difficult to acquire Rolex timepiece. Its value can be matched only by its endless refinement and fame.
The design innovations of the black dial and green bezel Submariner have been complemented by the classic features of the Submariner line such as the triplock crown, the scratch resistant sapphire crystal and the flip lock clasp with a diving extension. The watch is artfully constructed from ultra-high 904L stainless steel and it comes with a 40 mm case diameter and a 20 mm narrower metallic bracelet. Of course, the model is an extremely famous diving watch and this is for a good reason too. It is water resistant to an impressive depth of 300 meters.
Known as one of the most reliable and precise self-winding movements, the exclusive Rolex Calibre 3135 is what powers the Submariner 16610 LV. This extremely durable mechanism is capable of enduring some of the most treacherous conditions without lacking technological innovations. As a matter of fact, the Calibre 3135 is fitted with Microstella adjustment screws, a Breguet overcoil balance-spring and a Kif shock absorption.
For 50 years, the Rolex Submariner has been an archetype for the modern diver’s watch. By knowing how to ideally balance superior functionality with abiding design, it has become for many experts and enthusiasts a legend both on land and sea. The Submariner 50th Anniversary is the milestone that certified its spectacular evolution and lasting popularity, a timepiece that is synonym with undeniable excellence.