The Rolex Submariner 126610LV is also known as the Rolex Submariner Kermit or Starbucks due to its green bezel.
Rolex has long been aware of the popularity of green with the explosion of interest following the release of the Hulk. But the Hulk is now discontinued. This makes it sought-after, with prices to match.
However, there is an alternative. The Rolex 126610LV has a similar striking hue, but it comes with all the advantages and innovations of the very latest watchmaking technology.
Main Design Features of the Rolex 126610LV
The modern Submariner Date is still a Submariner, but with some subtle changes. This subtlety is fundamental to the Rolex approach. It preserves the integrity of the brand by only making changes incrementally.
With the 126610LV, you get a black dial offset by a green bezel, hence the Kermit nickname. The dial is protected by scratch-resistant sapphire glass, incorporating a cyclops lens over the date display. The hour markings on the dial are in high contrast white.
The bezel is made from patented, scratch-resistant Cerachrom ceramic material. It’s a distinctive shade of green. Because of its origins as a diver’s watch, the bezel is central to how the Submariner functions. The 60-minute gradations enable a diver to monitor how long they’ve been underwater.
As you’d expect from a diver’s watch, the Submariner is waterproof to 300 metres or 1,000 feet. The case and bracelet of the Rolex Submariner Kermit are Oystersteel. The bracelet uses the Rolex Glidelock system to ensure the watch sits comfortably on your wrist.
On this 2020 Submariner, the bracelet is slightly wider than on previous models. The size of the watch is bigger too, at 41mm compared to the original 40mm.
But while the watch has got bigger, it’s also more refined in its appearance. Rolex has tapered the lugs and streamlined the sides of the case. It’s a bigger watch, but it looks slimmer.
The idea is to retain the sense of innovation the Hulk provided but to tie the Kermit model more closely to more classic notions of what a Rolex Submariner should look like.
Inside the Rolex Submariner Kermit
Besides its external design features, the 126610LV houses the latest Rolex perpetual, self-winding movement. This the Calibre 3235.
Calibre 3235 is both modern and durable, meeting the demanding accuracy criteria of the Superlative Chronometer standard. It’s resistant to magnetic interference and offers an increased power reserve of 70 hours.
What is the Rolex 126610LV Like to Wear?
As wearable luxury, the 126610LV feels streamlined sitting on your wrist. This is despite its actual increase in size. There was a certain bulkiness to earlier 21st-century Submariner models, whereas this 2020 version feels much closer to the classic ideal of Rolex timepieces of the 1960s and 70s.
Putting elegance before impact, the Rolex 126610LV feels utterly contemporary but with its roots firmly planted in an established brand heritage.
This offers some clue to the ongoing desirability and collectability of Rolex watches and why it feels so special to wear one.
Kermit, the Comeback
What this model has that really stands out is that flash of green. Rolex is no stranger to this, with the iconic Hulk becoming a real phenomenon with its release in 2010. Ten years after that and the need to modernise the Submariner range meant that Rolex discontinued the Hulk.
But it hasn’t meant the end of the line for the green Submariner. In fact, there was an earlier Kermit that preceded the Hulk, coming out in 2003. Therefore, the 126610LV is something of a revival as well as incorporating a shift in the design and technology of the Submariner.
The new Kermit is different to the old Kermit and to the Hulk. It’s a unique timepiece in its own right and this makes it worth investing in. If you’re looking for a watch that combines reliability, precision and distinctive design, then this is the timepiece for you.
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