The famous green Rolex submarine is a polarizing view of the brand’s famous diving watch. Although its diameter remains the same as that of the classic model and other designs, at 40mm, it is by no means your average Submariner. Rolex developed the Submariner in 1953. When it was unveiled at the Basel watch fair, the Submarine was the first in the world to offer a 100m waterproof watch. This is also the first professional series diving watch produced by Rolex. The first model was made of stainless steel, and there was no date mechanism on the dial.
The next popular upgrade came in the form of ref. 16610 in the late 1980s, which was the first replica Rolex Submariner to run on the Cal. 3135 movements. Decades ago, a variation was launched under the reference number 16610LV to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Submariner and was fitted with a stunning green aluminum bezel insert, earning it the nickname “Kermit” among collectors. Moreover, it was the first Submariner to consist of a ‘Maxi’ dial with larger hands and hour markers.
The Rolex Hulk ref. 116610LV also entered the market as Rolex was rolling out its fashion “Maxi” dial, which is over deserving of that name with bigger hour markers and wider hands with white gold surrounds. The Rolex Hulk dial features a charming metallic sunburst finish in Rolex’s iconic green hue that radiates from the middle of the hands. The hands and hour markers are also made with Rolex’s Chromalight luminescent material, which emits a long-lasting blue glow in the dark.
The “Super Case” of the fake Rolex Hulk gives the same 40mm diameter as its 5-digit Submariner predecessors, only now it concludes much thicker lugs and crown guards. The result is a more angular and modern aesthetic that provides an overall larger appearance on the wrist. The shell also maintains a relatively thin profile, just over 12mm thick, giving the wearer the best in terms of bold appearance and comfort.
With a newer case came an upgraded Oyster bracelet. This time, it’s decorated with solid end links, solid center links, and a machined Oysterlock clasp outfitted with an ingenious Glidelock wetsuit extension system. The Glidelock system features a particular design that allows the wearer to adjust the length of the bracelet up to 20mm in 2mm increments, without the use of tools. In addition to diving, this feature also has practical daily use, as it can also adjust the bracelet to accommodate the wrist as it fluctuates throughout the day.
While it’s undoubtedly an intriguing replica watch to examine and wear, the 116610LV wasn’t almost as popular among collectors when it was initially unveiled in 2010 as it is today. However, the Rolex Hulk ref. 116610LV is in very high demand with multi-year waiting lists at retailers, making it almost impossible to buy brand-new without spending a significant amount of time on a waitlist.