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ROLEX SUBMARINER 16610 DATE: Everything You Need To Know

by Paul Symonds December 12, 2020 3 min read

ROLEX SUBMARINER 16610 DATE: Everything You Need To Know | Swiss Watch Trader

THE HISTORY OF THE ROLEX SUBMARINER 16610

The Rolex Submariner 16610 was released in 1988 and was powered by the brands longest serving movement, the automatic Rolex calibre 3135 with date located at the 3 o'clock position. The watch was originally fitted with black glossy dials with T25 tritium hour markers and hands. Tritium dials were eventually phased out in the late 90's with watches being fitted with "SWISS" only dials in 1999. "SWISS MADE" dials were fitted from 2000 onwards. These later dials featured Super-LumiNova filled hour marker and hands. Early Rolex Submariner 16610's were fitted with the 93150 oyster bracelet with folding clasp. From 2000 the 93250 oyster bracelet was fitted to the Rolex Submariner 16610. The Rolex Submariner 16610 originally featured lug holes but there were deleted in 2003. Late examples of the Rolex Submariner16610, from 2008, also feature the engraved inner rehaut displaying the serial number at the 6 o'clock position.

Brand: Rolex
Model Name: Submariner
Model Number: 16610
Case Size: 40mm
Case Material: 904L Stainless Steel
Movement: Rolex Calibre 3135
Depth Rating: 300m
Bezel: Unidirectional Black Anodized Aluminium - 120 Click
Glass: Sapphire Crystal with Cyclops

 

Rolex Submariner 16610, 1988 - 1999

Rolex Submariner 16610 - T25 Tritium Dial
Serial Numbers: R, L, E, N, C, S, W, T, U
Case:
40mm stainless steel case with lug holes
Dial:
SWISS-T<25 - Tritium Indices & Hands
Bezel: Black painted - Tritium Pearl
Movement: Rolex Calibre 3135 with date
Bracelet: Rolex Oyster 93150

 

Rolex Submariner 16610, 1999

Rolex Submariner 16610 - SWISS only Dial

Serial Numbers: A
Case:
40mm stainless steel case with lug holes
Dial:
SWISS  LumiNova Indices & Hands
Bezel: Black painted - LumiNova Pearl
Movement:
Rolex Calibre 3135 with date
Bracelet: Rolex Oyster 93150

 

Rolex Submariner 16610, 2000 - 2004

Rolex Submariner 16610 - Hole Case

Serial Numbers: P, K, Y
Case:
40mm stainless steel case with lug holes
Dial:
SWISS MADE  Super-LumiNova Indices & Hands
Bezel: Black painted - SuperLumiNova Pearl
Movement: Rolex Calibre 3135 with date
Bracelet: Rolex Oyster 93250 with SEL (Solid End Links)

 

Rolex Submariner 16610, 2004 - 2008

Rolex Submariner 16610 - No Holes Case

Serial Numbers: F, D, Z
Case:
40mm stainless steel case without lug holes
Dial:
SWISS MADE -  Super-LumiNova Indices & Hands
Bezel: Black painted - Super-LumiNova Pearl
Movement: Rolex Calibre 3135 with date
Bracelet:
Rolex Oyster 93250 with SEL (Solid End Links)

 

Rolex Submariner 16610, 2008 - 2010

Rolex Submariner 16610 - Engraved Inner Rehaut

Serial Numbers: M, V, G
Case:
40mm stainless steel case engraved inner rehaut
Dial:
SWISS MADE Super-LumiNova Indices & Hands
Bezel: Black painted - Super-LumiNova Pearl
Movement: Rolex Calibre 3135 with date
Bracelet: 93250 with SEL (Solid End Links)

 

BUYING A PRE-OWNED ROLEX SUBMARINER

Our collection of pre-owned, used & second hand Rolex Submariner watches include the 16610. At Swiss Watch Trader we specialise in selling only the very best examples of the classic Rolex Submariner 16610 and unless there is a valid reason, ALL our Rolex Submariner watches will include their original boxes and papers. When buying any Rolex Submariner you need to ensure you are getting the very best example with as much of the original paraphernalia as possible. You should always look for a Rolex Submariner that is complete with its original inner and outer boxes, warranty certificate or card, manuals, hang tags and if possible original sales receipt. For more information on how to buy a Rolex Submariner from Swiss Watch Trader and the the services we offer including buying a Rolex Submariner on finance, head over to the information section.

Want to know more about the Rolex Submariner 16610? Why not read our article on the History of the Rolex Submariner which as well at the 16610, details a brief history of the many versions of the Rolex Submariner since its release in 1954. For more information on other Rolex watch models including the Sea Dweller, Daytona and Explorer, head over to the News & Reviews section. Please get in touch if you have any questions about any of our new, used, pre-owned and second hand Rolex Submariner watches.

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Paul Symonds
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