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Rolex Submariner 16610 Stainless Steel Auto Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner in stainless steel. Auto w/ sweep seconds and date. 40 mm case size. Ref 16610. Circa 2000. **Bank Wire at this price only** Fine Pre-owned Rolex Watch. Certified pr...
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Early 2000s Modern Wrist Watches

Vintage Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel Reference 16610
By Rolex
Located in Baltimore, MD
Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel Reference 16610 Model/Reference: 16610 Serial: T990*** (circa 1996) Metal: Stainless steel Dial: Black Case: 40mm Movement: Automatic Condition: Ve...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007670 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Variant: Date Model Number: 16610 Age: 2004 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals, Card Holder & Swing Ta...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007657 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Variant: Date Model Number: 16610 Age: 39234 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals, Guarantee, Calendar ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 16610, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #: 16610. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 40 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007671 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Variant: Date Model Number: 16610 Age: 39356 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals, Guarantee, Card Hold...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 16610
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 16610. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown....
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel, Steel

Rolex Submariner Unpolished 16610 Commodores Cup Race Winner, 1992
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex SUBMARINER UNPOLISHED 16610 COMMODORES CUP RACE WINNER 1992
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1990s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Green 50th Anniversary Mens Watch 16610LV
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Green 50th Anniversary Mens Watch 16610LV. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Green 50th Anniversary Men's Watch 16610LV
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Green 50th Anniversary Mens Watch 16610LV. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Date 16610LV Men's Stainless Steel Kermit Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007728 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Variant: Date Model Number: 16610LV Age: 18-05-2007 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals & Guarantee Di...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Green 50th Anniversary Edition M16610LV
By Rolex
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Beautiful condition Rolex Submariner Date with Green Anniversary Edition Bezel. 40mm Stainless Steel case. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Black dial with Superluminova hands ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Green 50th Anniversary Men's Watch 16610LV Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Green 50th Anniversary Mens Watch 16610LV Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex lo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Green 50th Anniversary Men's Watch 16610LV Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Green 50th Anniversary Mens Watch 16610LV Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Date 16610LV Men's Stainless Steel Random Serial and Engraved
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007847 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Variant: Date Model Number: 16610LV Age: 17-07-2010 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals, Service Manua...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Flat 4 Green 50th Anniversary Watch 16610LV Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Flat 4 Green 50th Anniversary Watch 16610LV Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 40.0 mm in diameter. Role...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Pre-Owned Rolex Submariner Green Kermit 50Th Anniversary Edition 16610T 2005
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Pre-owned Rolex Submariner ""Kermit"" Special 50th Anniversary Edition in excellent condition. Collectible Submariner, limited production run for only 7 years. Aluminum bezel insert....
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex 16610 Submariner Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex MPN: 16610 Model: Submariner Case Material: Stainless steel Case Diameter: 40mm Crystal: Sapphire Crystal Bezel: Unidirectional black bezel Dial: Black dial Bracelet: St...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Men’s Rolex 16610 Submariner, circa 2000
By Rolex
Located in Aliso Viejo, CA
This Mens Rolex SERIAL 16610 IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION AND COMES WITH BOX AND PAPERS. SPECIFICATIONS Brand: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Number: 16610 Condition: Very Good Gender: ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Sapphire, Stainless Steel

Rolex 16610 PVD All Black Submariner Watch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex MPN: 16610 Model: Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel PVD Coated Case Diameter: 40mm Crystal: Sapphire crystal Bezel: Black Stainless Steel bezel. Scratches can be...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex 16610 Submariner Black Dial K Series Automatic Watch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Company-Rolex Model-Rolex 16610 Submariner Case Metal-Stainless Steel Case Measurement-40mm Bracelet-Stainless Steel - Fits up to a 6.75" wrist. Dial-Black Bezel-Stainless Steel Crys...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 16610
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W5123 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Ref: 16610 Age: Gender: Mens Complete With: Box Only Dial: Black Glass: Sapphire Crystal Movement: Automatic Water Resistance:...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 16610
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W5214 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Ref: 16610 Age: Gender: Mens Complete With: Box, Manuals & Guarantee Dial: Black Glass: Sapphire Crystal Movement: Automatic ...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex 16610 Submariner Kermit Black Dial Green Bezel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex MPN: 16610 Model: Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel Case Diameter: 40mm Crystal: Sapphire crystal Bezel: Unidirectional green bezel, Green bezel insert shows scr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex 16610 Submariner Stainless Steel Black Dial Automatic Watch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Company - Rolex Model - Submariner Case Metal - Stainless Steel Case Measurement - 40mm Bracelet - Stainless Steel - Fits up to a 7 3/4" wrist. Dial - Black Bezel - Black Crystal - S...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Rolex 16610V 50th Anniversary Kermit Green Bezel Submariner Watch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Company - Rolex Model - 50th Anniversary Green Bezel Submariner Case Metal - Stainless Steel Case Measurement - 40mm Bracelet - Stainless Steel Dial - Black Bezel - Green Crystal - S...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex 16610 Submariner Kermit Black Dial Green "Ghost" Bezel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex MPN: 16610 Model: Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel Case Diameter: 40mm Crystal: Sapphire crystal Bezel: Unidirectional green "Ghost" bezel Dial: Black dial with...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel 16610
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W5357 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Ref: 16610 Age: 1st June 2008 Gender: Mens Complete With: Box, Manuals & Guarantee Dial: Black Glass: Sapphire Crystal Movement...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Kermit 16610LV
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W4874 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Ref: 16610LV Age: 26th December 2006 Gender: Mens Complete With: Box, Manuals & Guarantee Dial: Black Glass: Sapphire Crystal M...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel 16610
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Ref: W6569 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Ref: 16610 Age: 13th April 2007 Gender: Mens Complete With: Box, Manuals, Guarantee, Calendar Card Dial: Black Other Glass: Sa...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Date Stainless Steel 16610
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Ref: W6290 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Ref: 16610 Age: Gender: Mens Complete With: Box Only Dial: Black Other Glass: Sapphire Crystal Movement: Automatic Water Resi...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel Gents 16610
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W3526 Model: 16610 Serial: V42**** Condition: 9 - Excellent condition Age: 1st October 2009 Case Diameter: 40 mm Case Size: 40mm Box and Papers: Box, Manuals and Guarantee Movem...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

ROLEX Submariner Panama Canal" Ref 16610
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Rolex Submariner "Panama Canal" Ref 16610
Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel 16610 Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W5905 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Ref: 16610 Age: 5th May 2008 Gender: Mens Complete With: Box & Guarantee Only Dial: Black Glass: Sapphire Crystal Movement: Aut...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel 16610 Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W5910 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Ref: 16610 Age: 1st January 2007 Gender: Mens Complete With: Box, Manuals & Guarantee Dial: Black Glass: Plexiglass Movement: A...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel Watch 16610
By Rolex
Located in Columbia, MO
Product Details: Condition: Pre Owned Brand: Rolex Collection: Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel Gender: Mens MPN: 16610 Movement: Mechanical Automatic Face Color: Black Band...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner "Panama Canal" Ref 16610
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
This limited edition, very rare Rolex Submariner “Panama Canal” was produced in December 1999 to commemorate the transfer of the Panama Canal from the US to the Republic of Panama. O...
Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel 16610LN
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Reference: W5335 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Reference: 16610LN Age: 21st July 2009 Gender: Men's Box and Papers: Box, Manuals and Guarantee Dial: Black Glass: Sapphi...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Date Stainless Steel 16610
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Ref: W6628 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Ref: 16610 Age: 8th January 2012 Gender: Mens Complete With: Box, Guarantee Dial: Black Other Glass: Sapphire Crystal Movement...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Kermit Stainless Steel 16610
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Ref: W6464 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Ref: 16610LV Age: 1st November 2007 Gender: Mens Complete With: Box, Manuals & Guarantee Dial: Black Glass: Sapphire Crystal M...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Date "Kermit" Watch 16610LV
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
The Rolex Submariner Date - also known as the Kermit, reference number 16610LV, was launched in 2003 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Rolex Submariner. The watch is pre...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Date Stainless Steel 16610 Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Reference: W6107 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Reference: 16610 Age: Circa 2000's Gender: Men's Box and Papers: Box, Open Guarantee and Swing Tags Dial: Black Glass: Sa...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel Gents 16610, 1990
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
REF W3691 MODEL NUMBER 16610 SERIAL NUMBER E70**** CONDITION 9 - Excellent condition GENDER Gents AGE 1990 CASE DIAMETER 40 mm CASE SIZE 40mm BOX & PAPERS Box & Manuals MOVEMENT Aut...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Kermit Stainless Steel 16610LV
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W5366 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Ref: 16610LV Age: 31st March 2008 Gender: Mens Complete With: Box, Manuals & Guarantee Dial: Black Glass: Sapphire Crystal Mov...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Kermit Stainless Steel 16610LV
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W5387 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Ref: 16610LV Age: 1st November 2005 Gender: Mens Complete With: Box, Manuals & Guarantee Dial: Black Glass: Sapphire Crystal Mo...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Kermit Stainless Steel 16610LV
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Ref: W6466 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Ref: 16610LV Age: 24th May 2007 Gender: Mens Complete With: Box, Manuals, Swing Tags & Guarantee, Bezel Guard Dial: Black Gla...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 16610 Stainless Steel Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Submariner 16610 Stainless Steel Men's Watch - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with black insert (40mm diameter). Black dial wit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel Gents 16610, 2007
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W3945 Model: 16610 Serial: M29**** Condition: 9 - Excellent condition Age: 2007 Case Diameter: 40 mm Case Size: 40mm Box and Papers: Box and Open Guarantee Movement: Automatic C...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Nos Stainless Steel 16610 Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Reference: W6101 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Number: 16610 Age: 8th May 2010 Gender: Men's Box and Papers: Box, Manuals and Guarantee Dial: Black Glass: Sapphire Crys...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel Gents 16610, 2007
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W3946 Model: 16610 Serial: Z98**** Condition: 9 - Excellent condition Age: 27th January 2007 Case Diameter: 40 mm Case Size: 40mm Box and Papers: Box and Guarantee Movement: Au...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 16610 Stainless Steel Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Submariner 16610 Stainless Steel Men's Watch - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case . Black dial with luminous hour markers. Stainles...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Kermit Stainless Steel 16610LV
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W5946 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Ref: 16610LV Age: 7th January 2006 Gender: Mens Complete With: Box, Manuals & Guarantee Dial: Black Glass: Sapphire Crystal Mov...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Pre-Owned Rolex Anniversary Submariner Ref. #16610V
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
A later example of this beloved model, which is rapidly gaining value in the marketplace, this piece is noted for its mint original condition- it is a very clean, honest example whic...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Steel

Rolex Stainless Steel Submariner Wristwatch Ref 16610
By Rolex
Located in Stamford, CT
Fantastic condition almost as new classic Rolex Submariner model 16610 has proven to be the durable work horse of the submariner line. Case, band, crystal and insert all excellent. ...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 16610 Stainless Steel Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Submariner 16610 Stainless Steel Men's Watch - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case; rotating bezel with black insert (40mm diameter)...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Stainless Steel Submariner 16610 with Box
By Rolex
Located in Tustin, CA
We are pleased to offer this 2001 Rolex Stainless Steel Submariner 16610. This classic and highly sought after Rolex sport watch features a 40mm stainless steel case, factory origina...
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Early 2000s Modern Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Kermit Stainless Steel 16610LV
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W5909 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Ref: 16610LV Age: 12 December 2006 Gender: Mens Complete With: Box, Manuals & Guarantee Dial: Black Glass: Plexiglass Movement:...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel 16610LV Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Reference: W5916 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Reference: 16610LV Age: 18th March 2006 Gender: Men's Box and Papers: Box, Manuals and Guarantee Dial: Black Baton Glass:...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel 16610LV Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W5923 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Ref: 16610LV Age: 1st Feburary 2008 Gender: Mens Complete With: Box, Manuals & Guarantee Dial: Black Glass: Sapphire Crystal Mo...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Date Stainless Steel 16610LN
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Ref: W6304 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Ref: 16610LN Age: 8th October 1993 Gender: Mens Complete With: Box & Guarantee Dial: Black Other Glass: Sapphire Crystal Movem...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

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Rolex 16610 For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact rolex 16610 you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. Each design created in this style — which was crafted with great care and often made from Stainless Steel and Steel — can elevate any look. You can easily find a 8 antique edition and 12 modern creations to choose from as well. Finding the perfect rolex 16610 may mean sifting through those created during different time periods — you can find an early version that dates to the 20th Century and a newer variation that were made as recently as the 21st Century. There aren’t many items for women if you’re seeking a rolex 16610, as most of the options available are for men and unisex.

How Much is a Rolex 16610?

The price for a rolex 16610 starts at $9,995 and tops out at $9,995 with these watches, on average, selling for $12,886.

rolex Biography and Important Works

Ask anyone, anywhere, to name a luxury watch brand, and the answer will probably be “Rolex.” This enviable worldwide recognition can be credited in part to the genius of company founder Hans Wilsdorf. When the German-born watch dealer and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis, set up their London enterprise, in 1905, they called it Wilsdorf & Davis, according to the traditional formula.

But Wilsdorf was determined to come up with another name that was short, would look good on a watch dial and was easy to say and remember in several languages. In 1908, he trademarked the name Rolex, and by 1920, he had moved the company to Geneva and redubbed it as Montres Rolex S.A.

But the main reasons for the brand’s success are its commitment to precision and unflagging pursuit of innovation. In 1926, the company introduced the aptly named Oyster model. With a screw-down crown and case back, both fitted with rubber gaskets, this was the first truly waterproof watch.

Five years later, Rolex upped the ante with the Oyster Perpetual. That model’s patented Perpetual movement contained a rotor mechanism enabling it to self-wind. In another trendsetting move, in 1945, the brand debuted the Datejust, with a date window prominently displayed on the dial.

The company’s two most iconic models are sports watches. Although the Submariner, which debuted in 1953, was developed as a dive watch, its waterproof case, solid construction and good looks made it a favorite of adventurers and urbanites alike, including James Bond, who wore it in classics like Dr. No and Goldfinger. The Daytona, the racing chronograph made famous by Paul Newman, is especially sought after by collectors. Newman’s personal Daytona, which hit the auction block in 2017, sold for $17.8 million.

Find vintage and contemporary Rolex watches, bracelets and more on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right Watches for You

Records show that, in Europe, by the 16th century, it was high time for portable clock devices.

While wall-mounted time tellers and grandfather clocks were much more convenient than the sundials of ancient history, watches were becoming crucial for an increasingly connected society whose members learned that the latest advancements in technology meant they could carry devices that kept time to within a minute a day. Tragically, the first pocket watches — albeit an improvement on the accessories that preceded them, which dangled from a chain worn around the neck — didn’t help much as far as accuracy or portability. Focused on style over substance, the upper class frequently carried lavish pieces that ran hours behind. 

Modern-day timepieces are fashionable and functional. Watches have also migrated from owners’ pockets to their wrists. In the early days of watchmaking, watches were fragile enough that they necessitated protection from the elements. Now, watches made of gold and steel can withstand the harshest climates — even 100 meters underwater, in the case of Rolex’s Submariner

Indeed, although exceedingly practical, the watches of today are far from bland. Bulgari’s iconic Serpenti watch was on everyone’s list after the collection’s bold bracelet, which technically debuted after the timepiece, graced the wrist of actress Elizabeth Taylor. If anything, elaborately crafted timepieces — the unmistakably boxy silhouette of Cartier Tank watches, the elegant and minimal Calatrava designed by legendary Swiss house Patek Philippe — are even more effective than the shape we associate with traditional watches. You’ll always know what time it is because you won’t be able to tear your eyes away from your new accessory. 

Form watches — the all-encompassing moniker bestowed upon non-round watches — are making headlines and completing fashionable ensembles the world over. At the same time, many are drawn to the unbeatable charm of vintage styles, such as the icons designed by Omega that even James Bond can’t resist. 

When shopping for a watch, it’s good to keep your needs as well as your specific personal style in mind: A smaller, subtle timepiece is a good fit for small wrists. When will you be wearing your new accessory? There’s a versatile model out there for everyday wear, while a rugged, feature-heavy watch is a safe bet if you’re prone to embarking on all-weather activities in the great outdoors. 

Find exactly what you’re looking for in an unparalleled collection of antique, new and vintage watches on 1stDibs — we promise it will be worth your time.