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Rolex Submariner Date Ref. 16610


Pre-Owned Rolex 40mm Submariner Date, Black Dial, Oyster Bracelet, Ref. 16610

The Rolex Submariner 16610 received a few changes throughout its long production run that ran from 1988 to 2010. Early 16610 watches had tritium lume with ‘SWISS-T<25’ printed on the dial. In 1999, Luminova was introduced, which was identified by simply ‘SWISS’. Super-luminova was used from 2000 onwards, with ‘SWISS MADE’ printed on the dial. The first watches had lug holes, while in 2004 the lugs were solid.  As innovations were made, they were also added to the reference. In 2000, the bracelets changed, with the introduction of solid end links, and in 2008, the inner rehaut was engraved with the serial number.  Throughout the production, the Submariner was powered by the brands longest serving movement, the automatic Rolex caliber 3135 with date located at the 3 o’clock position. A solid, reliable workhorse that needed no changes.  Partly because of this movement but also due to its classic 40mm size and aluminum bezel, the reference 16610 is beloved by Submariner fans, often seen as a link between the earliest Submariners and the modern updated models. The watch is built with 904L stainless steel, a material more difficult to form into a watch that is also a preferred material for immersion in the ocean. This 16610 is in very good condition with a sapphire crystal, triplock crown and Tritium dial. The case includes lug holes to ease swapping bracelets.

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Additional information

Band Material

Stainless Steel

Band Type

Oyster Bracelet


Rotating, Uni-Directional, Aluminum, 60-Minute

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Stainless Steel

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Crystal Material


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40mm – 42mm


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Item ID0005550
Model #16610
Model NameSubmariner Date
Year Producedca. 1993
Serial NumberX86XXXX


Rolex is recognized throughout the world not only as a brand associated with luxury, but as a watch that is both luxurious and precise.  For Rolex, this hard-won and well-deserved recognition was never in doubt.  The founder, Hans Wilsdorf named the company Rolex to be pronounceable in any language, as he anticipated the acclaim his company would receive due to relentless pursuit of precision and accuracy in a wristwatch.  Soon after its founding, Rolex produced the first wristwatch to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, which was followed rapidly by receipt of a certificate of precision from the Kew Observatory in Great Britain.  From those roots Rolex built a legacy of innovation.  The Oyster watch was the first waterproof and dustproof wristwatch in 1926, followed by the first self-winding Perpetual rotor.  Building once again on innovation, the Datejust became the first self-winding wrist chronometer to include a date in a window on the dial.  Adventurous women and men who strive to make history have chosen Rolex for their expedition, which both perpetuates the brand’s claim to precision and dependability as well as attests to its veracity.  Hans Wilsdorf may have anticipated the acclaim Rolex would someday achieve, but even he might have been impressed with its success.