The most distinctive feature of this watch – the green aluminum bezel – is another polarized design from the famous Submariner. Interestingly, the letters LV in the reference number are an abbreviation of “Lunette Verte”, which is French for “Green Bezel”. Prior to this option, the only other frame colors in the Submariner line were black for the steel model, gold and blue for the two-tone model.
Another new design detail of the Submariner ref. 16610LV is the so-called Maxi dial layout, which features larger filled hour markers and illuminated Mercedes-style hands for improved readability. The Submariner 16610LV uses SuperLuminova as its luminous material, which glows green in the dark. As a Submariner Date model, there is of course the 3 o’clock date window and the Cyclops magnification on the sapphire crystal.
In 2010, another green Rolex Submariner was released to replace the Sub 16610LV. Submariner Reference. 116610LV. and the Submariner Reference. 116610LV and the previous reference 16610LV have some qualities such as 40mm case diameter, stainless steel construction, green bezel and Oyster strap, these are really two very different watches.
First, there’s the latest model of the Rolex Submariner. The 116610LV has the so-called super case, which is not only wider than the previous case, but also includes thicker lugs and a square crown guard. Despite its identical dimensions, the end result is larger (hence the nickname “The Hulk”). In addition, the Submariner ref features a green unidirectional bezel. The 116610LV is made of Cerachrom ceramic, not aluminum. Cerachrom is prized not only for its distinctive appearance, but also for its resistance to scratches and fading. Note that the specific shade of green on the Submariner 116610LV is darker than the green on the 16610LV.
To emphasize the color of the watch, the green isn’t limited to the bezel; in fact, the Hulk includes a vibrant green dial. Another change to the dial is the use of Chromalight luminescent material for the hour markers and hands, which glows blue instead of green in the dark. Like the older green Sub, the 116610LV also includes a date window at 3 o’clock and a convex lens on the sapphire crystal.