Rolex Submariner 16610LN

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In 1987, 33 years after the introduction of the first Submariner, Rolex introduced the reference 16610.The 16610 replaced the reference 168000 and was in production until 2010. Among aficionados it has always been a popular model as it is considered as the Submariner that combines the best of both worlds: the vintage design - meaning the vintage, slender case style and an aluminium bezel inlay - with modern qualities like sapphire crystal and the calibre 3135. In 2010, the 16610 was replaced by the reference 116610, which has the maxi case and ceramic bezel insert. As is typical for Rolex, the brand has made many small adjustments to the 16610 during the two decades it was in production. The example we have on offer dates back to 1999 and therefore has a Swiss dial indicating that the luminescent material is luminova. Furthermore, it still has the drilled lug holes and hollow centre links on the Oyster bracelet. The watch is in overall great condition and still has sharp bevelled edges. 

Introduction

Rolex SubmarinerVisionary Hans Wildorf set out to make the world’s first waterproof and dust proof wristwatch and so, in 1926 the ‘Oyster case’ was created. Then, later on in 1953, the Rolex Submariner was born, with a water depth rating of 330ft/100M making it one of the world’s first wristwatches designed for the upcoming sport of scuba diving. The wristwatch was created for divers who needed a precise watch which could scale to such depths and be a reliable and accurate way of measuring (with the turning bezel) the time spent underwater. A major aspect of creating such a time piece was to make it easily legible yet aesthetically pleasing, hence the large contrasting white tritium hour markers and Mercedes hand on the black dial. The rugged look was adopted by no other than Mr Bond himself (Sean Connory as Bond wore it in 1962’s ‘Dr. No’ and the watch was also featured in the later ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Thunderball’ movie). A legend was born and overtime it proved to be arguably one of the best, most desirable and iconic luxury watch of all time.  

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