Lot 29
  • 29


12,000 - 20,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Rolex
Dial: blackCalibre: cal. 3135 automatic, 31 jewels Movement number: 9’986’509 Case: stainless steel Oyster, screw-down crown and back Case number: F'454’040 Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with integrated folding clasp Dimensions: 40mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 165mmSigned: case, dial and movement Accessories: booklets, one anchor key-chain, hang-tag, original warranty dated July 14th, 2004 and presentation case


DIAL: in good condition, hands in good condition CASE: in good condition, with strap changing scratches to the lugs, some scratches to the back. Case shows some very minor surface scratches. Bezel shows minor scuffs between 11 and 12 o'clock and the luminescent pearl on the bezel shows a very minor hairline crack. Bracelet: ref. 93250, solid end-links MOVEMENT: running at time of cataloguing, date advances and seconds hack when crown pulled out. The watch has not been tested to determine the accuracy of its timekeeping. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and that a service may be required at the buyer's discretion Please note Condition 11 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome). Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species. Please be advised that wristbands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS (ONLINE ONLY).

Catalogue Note

The Rolex Submariner was launched in 1953 and has ever since been the absolute benchmark for diving watches. Following five decades of commercial success, Rolex launched the reference 16610LV in 2003 to celebrate the Submariner’s 50th anniversary.  Affectionately nicknamed the ‘Kermit’, this anniversary piece is the only Submariner reference to boast a green aluminum bezel insert.
The earliest batches of the reference 16610LV display a slightly lighter-coloured green insert with a specific font to the ‘40’ marking, namely the ‘Flat Four’.
The present early F series watch was produced in 2004 and comes with its original Flat Four bezel. An increasingly rare watch, this well preserved historic Flat Four Submariner is accompanied by its original warranty, accessories and presentation box.