Rolex Submariner Date 16610

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  • Condition: Excellent
  • Model: 16610
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Strap Length: 185mm
  • Scope: Watch Only
  • Year: C.1988
  • Case Width: 40mm
  • Listing ID: SD028748
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This watch is in excellent condition. The bracelet has some mild stretch.

The four-digit and five-digit Submariners (named for the length of their reference numbers) almost always featured aluminium bezel inserts. While these were more prone to scratching than their later ceramic counterparts, they are also much easier to replace. They also give the watch a more practical, less 'polished' feel.

Rolex's Submariner is to many the definitive wristwatch. From its origins as a diver's companion and James Bond's wristwatch, the Submariner has ingrained itself into popular culture like no watch before or since. Worn and loved by bankers, rappers and watch enthusiasts alike, the Submariner possibly the most culturally significant piece of horology ever.

This doesn't mean it's all talk and no action though - the Submariner is iconic for a reason. Its water resistant Oyster case, highly legible Mercedes hands and timing bezel may have originated as practical functions, but they've come together to create a beautifully proportioned watch that appeals as much to the designer's eye as it does to the procurement officer's spec sheet.


Known by many simply as "the Crown", Rolex has certainly done much to deserve its reputation. From its founding just over a century ago by a German immigrant in the UK, Rolex has grown to become an international behemoth, recognisable (and indeed visible) across the globe.

Compared to other modern watchmakers, Rolex is in the near-unique position where its vintage watches have developed an almost entirely distinct collector base. It's no surprise, however, given the diversity and iconic status of so many Rolex models. The vintage Rolex community has arguably brought vintage watch collecting into the mainstream by shedding light on the beauty of old, worn watches which had so long been ignored by most.
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