Both green, both Submariners. It’s easy to see how the “Rolex Kermit” and the “Rolex Hulk” get mixed up. So today we’re taking a closer look at these two watches that are very much the same, yet decidedly different. As this bold color choice slowly but surely makes its way into the hearts and collections of Rolex lovers, there’s really no better time than now to highlight these green Rolex Submariner dive watches.
Rolex Kermit: The Anniversary Collection
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Submariner – one of Rolex’s most popular watches ever, the company decided to do something a little different. They introduced this killer green bezel into the collection, surprising collectors who have used the relatively versatile black Submariner as a wardrobe staple for years. All of a sudden, a new kind of collector was flocking to the Rolex Submariner, those who wanted to stand out, not blend in.
The Rolex Kermit was developed in 2003 and obviously featured the new stunning green aluminum bezel; however it also introduced a larger “Maxi” dial to the Submariner, which features larger hour markers and hands. True to Submariner form, the Rolex Kermit also offers water resistance up to 1,000 feet, a unidirectional timing bezel, a 40mm Oyster case size, and a flat link stainless steel Oyster bracelet.
However, after a few years of fun, and just when people started really warming up to the idea of a green Submariner, Rolex discontinued the ‘Kermit’ and replaced it with the ‘Hulk.’
Rolex Hulk: Doubling Down on Green
Side by side, it’s easy to see why the Hulk is called the Hulk. The green color is much more prominent here than on the Rolex Kermit – extending from the bezel all the way to the dial. But it’s not as simple as swapping out black for green, In fact, rather than having a plain glossy green dial, the surface of the Hulk’s dial has been given a ‘sunburst’ finish that is similar to the one found on the blue dial fitted to the two-tone and yellow-gold versions of the Rolex Submariner.
Another major upgrade was changing the bezel insert material from aluminum to Cerachrom (ceramic), which at the time (around 2010) was a new and exciting technology. Ceramic is an all around better choice for a modern watch, as it’s quite resistant to corrosion, scratches, and fading.
Finally, the Hulk actually wears quite a bit differently on the wrist, despite having the same 40mm case diameter as the Kermit. That’s because Rolex upgraded to significantly broader lugs and crown guards on the Hulk (known as a “Rolex Super Case”) , making for a much more chunky and angular overall appearance.
Head to Head: Kermit v. Hulk
With the Kermit now discontinued, Rolex’s anniversary Submariner tends to experience a noticeably better resale better value than the Hulk on the secondary market. The Kermit also remains much more traditional when compared to the original Rolex Submariner since it only has a green bezel, rather than a green sunburst dial. Oh, how things change, right?
The Hulk is still available through authorized retailers today (although not without a lengthy waitlist), and it has actually become quite popular among modern collectors. It’s not something every collector is pining for, as the bright green color is still shocking. But, there’s definitely an appreciation for the boldness and modernity of the Hulk and what it brings to the iconic Submariner collection.