My friend Martin, is interested in getting a ‘green’ Rolex Submariner and I have been looking at what is available on the market.
The green submariners were introduced in 2003 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Submariner. Production ended in 2010. If you get a 2003 manufactured watch or 2010 watch, they are slightly higher in price than anything manufactured between 2004 – 2009. Aside from the serial number, you can tell a 2003 model by the “4” on the number “40” on the bezel. This is squarish in shape compared to the later models which look like the regular “4” found on a regular Submariner, GMT-Master or Sea Dweller.
Prices will almost definitely go up over the years as these green subs are a little rare. Of course you would have to like the green bezels to pay a higher price to begin with.
Aside from the green bezel, you will notice that the markers on the dial are larger than the black submariner’s. This is known as a “max dial”.
I have an aquaintance who has a green “sub” who changed the bezel to black. One reason was to prevent the green bezel from getting scratched the other was so that he had an ‘unusual’ looking sub i.e. a black sub with larger hour markers i.e. the max dial.
The model number for the green sub is 16610 LV compared to 16610 (for the black sub). Like other Submariners of this ear the Green, 50th Anniversary Edition has a 40mm stainless steel case, black dial, and Oyster Fliplock Bracelet. It is water resistant to 1000 feet.
Worth buying? I would say yes. I have NEVER owned a Rolex that did not increase in price and I am pretty ceratin One with complete box and papers can be bought from reputable dealers for about $5500.00, whilst the actual 2003 model sells for about $6300.00
Rolex has recently released a Green Submariner with Ceramic Bezel and Dial and these sell for about $9500.00 on the recently owned / used market.