Every year on March 17th, countless people around the world pinch each other for not wearing green on Saint Patrick’s Day. According to folklore, pinching on St. Patrick’s Day happens if you do not wear green because the color green makes you invisible to leprechauns, and leprechauns (being the mischievous mythical creatures that they are) like to pinch people… or something along those lines.
Although this seems to be the internet’s best explanation for the tradition, there are no Irish primary sources to confirm it. Despite this rather murky origin, one thing is certain: if you do not wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, some affable individual will at some point pinch you. With that in mind, here are a few green Rolex watches that you can wear this St. Patty’s Day so that you don’t get pinched.
Rolex Submariner “Kermit” ref. 16610LV
Generally speaking, Rolex watches are relatively conservative in design and are often devoid of bright tones. However, green is the company color of Rolex, and the brand loves using it on their anniversary edition watches. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the collection in 2003, the brand released a special version of their date-displaying, stainless steel Rolex Submariner that featured a black “Maxi” dial, and a bright green aluminum bezel insert.
Nicknamed, the “Kermit” for its slight resemblance to the beloved frog muppet that goes by the same name, the ref. 16610LV Submariner is among the first anniversary-edition Rolex watches to fully embrace the company color. Although the bright green bezel is easily the ref. 16610LV Submariner’s most defining characteristic, the use of a black dial helps maintain a nice balance, allowing the watch to be identifiably green, while still maintaining a certain degree of reserved versatility.
Rolex Milgauss 50th Anniversary Edition ref. 116400GV
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Milgauss, Rolex released the ref. 116400GV. Although the dial on this watch is black, its sapphire crystal is tinted green for a subtle, but certainly noticeable green flair. The “GV” in the reference number stands for Glace Verte (French for ‘green glass’), like we recently outlined in our guide to letters in Rolex reference numbers. Most interestingly, despite their usual urge to flaunt patents, Rolex does not hold one for the green crystal used in the Milgauss, as they claim that it is too difficult to manufacture.
Admittedly, a green-tinted sapphire crystal is not exactly the most flagrant use of the color, so the ref. 116400GV Milgauss is not the full green, Boston Celtics-themed timepiece that will guarantee you a pinch-free Saint Patrick’s Day. However, for someone who doesn’t want to own a “green watch” – but who also doesn’t want to endure a day of good-natured pinching on the next St. Patty’s Day, the Milgauss ref. 116400GV is a perfect choice.
Rolex Submariner “Hulk” ref. 116610LV
If the ‘Kermit’ just isn’t green enough for you, try the ‘Hulk’ Submariner. First introduced in 2010, the ref. 116610LV “Hulk” is by-far, the most-green Rolex watch ever produced. Like other ceramic-bezel Submariner references, the “Hulk” uses the same “Maxi” case that features thicker lugs and crown guards (also known as a “super case”), which gives it a noticeably larger presence, despite retaining a 40mm case diameter.
While the ref. 16610LV “Kermit” Submariner has only its bezel in green, the ref. 116610LV “Hulk” has a bright green dial with a sunburst finish. The green bezel on the “Kermit” was made from aluminum; however the green bezel insert on the “Hulk” is made from Rolex’s proprietary Cerachrom (ceramic) material, and is a noticeably brighter and bolder shade of green than the bezel on the ref. 16610LV. Although Rolex has manufactured a number of watches that feature the color green, the Hulk Submariner is easily the most green Rolex you can strap to your wrist for this Saint Patrick’s Day.