Rolex produced the Submariner Date ref. 116610 from 2010 to 2020. The watch was the direct successor to the ref. 16610 and is the first Submariner to feature a ceramic bezel made of Rolex's proprietary Cerachrom.
In addition to the new ceramic bezel, the manufacturer gave the 116610 a number of other updates, including an overhaul of its Oyster case. While the watch kept its previous diameter of 40 mm, it was given significantly larger lugs, a wider bezel, and a bigger crown protector. The reworked look earned the new case the nickname Maxi Case. Like its predecessor, the new model is water-resistant to 300 m (30 bar, 984 ft) and – as you would expect from Rolex – the case and bracelet are made of Rolex's especially corrosion-resistant 904L stainless steel, a.k.a. Oystersteel.
The dial also got a makeover. The introduction of the 116610 coincided with Rolex's use of the luminous material Chromalight, which has a blueish glow. Chromalight clearly distinguishes the watch's palette from that of previous models, which featured green-glowing Super-LumiNova. The dial itself is a Maxi Dial with extra-large indices for optimal legibility.
The 116610's bracelet was likewise modified. For starters, the watch's clasp was changed to solid stainless steel. Rolex also equipped the clasp with the manufacturer's Glidelock system, which allows the wearer to adjust the bracelet length by up to 20 mm.
The reference 116610LV (LV = Lunette Verte, i.e., green bezel) is technically identical to the ref. 116610LN (LN = Lunette Noire, black bezel). However, with its green dial and bezel, the visual differences are striking, and fans of the watch have given it the nickname “Hulk.” This edition is particularly popular among investors and collectors. Overall, financial performance has been outstanding for both 116610 variants.
All Submariner Dates are powered by the same chronometer-certified Rolex in-house caliber 3135, which also powered the 16610.
Reasons to Buy a Rolex Submariner Date 116610
- First Submariner with a ceramic bezel
- Classic Submariner look, but with modern touches
- “Hulk” ref. 116610LV is highly coveted by collectors
- Precise, in-house caliber 3135
- Glidelock clasp, adjustable in 2-mm increments
- Excellent financial performance