Collector Condition 2004 (Y Serial) Rolex Submariner ‘Kermit’ 16610LV Flat 4 Full Set

The Overview

Rolex introduced the Submariner in 1953 and it has become one of their most famous and desirable watches. In 2003 they created a 50th anniversary model with the maxi dial and green bezel insert. Whilst it’s strange to understand now, it wasn’t a great seller and only gained traction when they made a few subtle changes to the dial. This left a relatively limited number of Mark 1 dial watches and they became known as a ‘Flat 4’ and this relates the flatness of the ‘4’ in the ’40’ of the bezel insert (the ‘O’ in Rolex is also slightly flattened and the ‘Swiss Made’ goes over 5 minute markers as against 4). These have become highly sought after and, for what its worth, was my first Rolex sports watch. When it was introduced it was on the ‘Y’ serial but only for a few months and then it moved to the ‘F’ serial. The ‘Y’ serial flat 4’s are the rarest of them all and the most valuable…..

Sold in South Korea in March 2004, the solid steel case is in excellent condition with only minor signs of wear. It will have been polished in the past but very sparingly and it retains it’s meatiness and even has the remains of the original green Rolex sticker. The original Mark 1 dial is in excellent condition and the movement was serviced in 2023. The lighter green and guaranteed genuine flat 4 bezel insert is in overall very good condition with only minor signs of light scratching. In terms of provenance we have:

  • The original Rolex guarantee paperwork
  • The Rolex Submariner brochure dated 2004
  • The Rolex calendar
  • Your Rolex Oyster brochure from 2004
  • The red chronometer chip
  • The original Rolex swing-tag with the correct model and serial number.
  • The Rolex inner and outer boxes

This is a stunning example of one of the most desirable and rare Rolex Submariners from the last 30 years with faultless provenance. Whilst we cannot guarantee future values if history is any judge it should provide an excellent investment and a fabulous watch to wear.

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The Case

Sold in South Korea in March 2004, the solid steel case is in excellent condition with only minor signs of wear. It will have been polished in the past but very sparingly and it retains it’s meatiness and even has the remains of the original green Rolex sticker. The case measures 40mm across, excluding the Rolex crown and 47mm long including the lugs. The inside case is signed ‘Montres Rolex SA Geneva Switzerland’, ‘Stainless Steel’, ‘Rolex SA’ and ‘2160’.

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The Movement

The Movement was serviced in 2023 and is in excellent condition. It is signed ‘Montres Rolex SA Geneva Swiss’, ‘Adj. 5 Positions and Temperature’ and the calibre is ‘3135’.

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About Sonning Vintage Watches

Sonning Vintage Watches are one of the largest prestige brand vintage watch retailers on the Internet carrying stock of around £750,000; we’ve sold over 3,000 vintage watches across the world since our formation in 2009. We’re based in Berkshire and Nottingham and spend 1- 2 days a week in London. Whilst we’re an Internet business we do ‘show’ 90% of our watches prior to sale and travel across England to meet prospective buyers.

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Why Purchase a Watch from SVW

We provide a lifetime guarantee on the authenticity and provenance of all our watches and come with a full printed Receipt of Sale and Insurance Valuation. Purchasing from SVW gives you the protection and reassurance of buying from an incorporated company with outstanding customer testimonials.

We provide a high quality box and use the Royal Mail Special Delivery for the UK and DHL for overseas sales. They are insured for the full purchase value.

See what our customers say – 100% positive feedback on all our sales sites and over 40% of our customers buy again or refer us!

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Couriering and Pre-Delivery Inspection

We use the Royal Mail’s Guaranteed next day service for UK sales and DHL for all overseas shipping. All our watches are fully serviced, but prior to couriering each one will undergo a 3 day pre-delivery check to ensure the watch is in perfect condition.

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The Conclusion

This is a beautiful example of a watch from one of horology’s most famous names and will, if history is any judge, provide an excellent financial investment as well as a possession to treasure and enjoy. I will provide an insurance valuation in excess of my asking price. Please appreciate the difficulty of photographing this piece, it looks even better in real life. Subject to your location I’ll happily show the watch.

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