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Rolex. A Fine Stainless Steel Wristwatch with Date, Center Seconds and Bracelet
Rolex. A Fine Stainless Steel Wristwatch with Date, Center Seconds and Bracelet

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE, SUBMARINER, 1000FT = 300M, SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER, OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED, REF. 16610LV, CASE NO. F020197, CIRCA 2003

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Rolex. A Fine Stainless Steel Wristwatch with Date, Center Seconds and Bracelet
Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Date, Submariner, 1000ft = 300m, Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified, Ref. 16610LV, Case No. F020197, Circa 2003
Movement: Automatic, Cal. 3135, 31 jewels
Dial: Black, baton, dot and dagger numerals, date, center seconds
Case: Stainless steel, screw back, screw-down crown, green bezel,
Bracelet/Clasp: Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped 93250, overall approximate length 7 inches
Accompanied By: A Rolex Guarantee dated December 2, 2003, a Rolex presentation box, a Rolex polishing cloth, a Rolex anchor, outer packaging and two tie-tags

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Lot Essay

An extremely rare timepiece, the present Rolex Submariner wristwatch is offered in 'like new' condition. Accompanied by its Rolex warranty, it was manufactured for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the model.

With the 50th anniversary debuting in 2003, the Rolex reference 16610LV marked collectors and has been highly sought-after ever since. A highly recognizable and attractive timepiece, the present example is part of the rarest and most desirable watches of the contemporary Submariner model. Stamped ‘T’ on its case next to the reference number, the wristwatch was part of the early timepieces to be manufactured without lug holes. Furthermore, close inspection indicates that the case is part first year of production for this production, an 'F' serial number indicating it was made in its debut year of 2003.

Indication that this timepiece is part of the first edition of the 50th anniversary submariner, its collectible importance is further enhanced as the wristwatch is offered with the rare first generation green “Flat Four Serifed” bezel, indicating that the number 4 of the graduation 40 has a flat top and that all the numbers with internal angles have very sharp and pronounced serifs in comparison to other examples. Part of the first timepieces of the reference, the wristwatch is bestowed with a highly attractive Mk1 Maxi dial featuring slightly larger hour markers, an oval “O” for the Rolex script, a widely spaced “Oyster Perpetual Date” signature and the “Swiss Made” indication on the bottom of the dial and extending from 28 to 32 min and shortening 5 minute markers instead of 3.

In unworn condition and completed with its box and papers, this very rare F serial anniversary Submariner encompasses all the traits enabling it to become a future classic.

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