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The Green Rolex Submariner: Hulk vs. Kermit

March 21, 2018

BY Paul Altieri

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Many Rolex collectors in the know may already be aware that green is Rolex’s signature hue.  Despite the fact that green is their color, there aren’t very many Rolex watches on the market that offer this distinct hue.  Rolex reserves their iconic green variations for special edition, or anniversary watches. Many Rolex models, however, do offer a green version from the Glace Verde Milgauss with a green-tinted sapphire crystal to the Hulk and Kermit subs that we will be discussing in detail here.

Hulk vs Kermit

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The Hulk vs Kermit

When choosing between the Hulk or Kermit Submariner, it comes down to preference in overall design.  Even though both models are Submariner watches, they couldn’t be more different. For example, the Kermit was developed in 2003 to celebrate Rolex’s 50th anniversary and debuted before the Hulk.  It doesn’t offer the same amenities as the newer Hulk, such as a ceramic bezel or broader lugs, but many collectors may argue that the Kermit is the superior watch because it adds a hint of green while maintaining the classic styling of the original Submariner watch via a black dial topped with lume.

Hulk vs Kermit

Each watch has their own merits.

Rolex made very small but significant tweaks to the Submariner 16610 when the Kermit came to market, including the obvious green bezel, the first instance of a maxi dial in the Submariner line, and an “LV” following its reference number.  Just like other Submariner 16610’s, the Kermit offers waterproofness up to 1,000 feet, a unidirectional bezel, a 40mm Oyster case size, and a flat link Oyster bracelet. Stainless steel is used throughout and is paired with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal for added durability while adventuring in the ocean.  Rolex eventually discontinued the Submariner 16610LV in 2010 and replaced it with the 6-digit reference 116610LV, or the Hulk.

Rolex doesn’t make drastic changes to their classic models often, so it comes as no surprise that the Hulk Submariner was met with caution and some reservations among avid Rolex collectors when it came to market in 2010 under the reference 116610LV.  In the years since its release, however, fans of the Rolex Submariner have warmed up to the Hulk and it has become a highly sought-after collector’s item. The Kermit was met with similar skepticisms but has since been accepted in most part by the Rolex community.

Hulk vs Kermit

Both the Hulk and the Kermit are amazing watches.

What exactly is the appeal of the Submariner Hulk, besides its obvious matching sunburst green maxi dial?  When it replaced its predecessor the 16610LV Kermit, Rolex upgraded the bezel to Cerachrom, a feature that was highly anticipated.  Besides its higher quality when compared to the aluminum bezels that preceded it, the ceramic insert bezel was celebrated for its resistance to corrosion, sun damage, and scratches.  The Hulk also wears a bit larger on the wrist, despite measuring the traditional 40mm, thanks to Rolex’s use of broader lugs.

Both the Kermit and Hulk offers unique features that make them both notable additions to the Submariner line.  What really sets them apart is budget and style. The Kermit provides a more traditional Submariner Style while the Hulk is a modern take on the classic Sub.  The Kermit has since been discontinued and can a bit harder to come by, resulting in a slightly higher price tag than its 6-digit counterpart.

Hulk vs Kermit

What are your thoughts on the Hulk vs Kermit?

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