ROLEX KERMIT (2003): The Inaugural Green Sub
The very first green Rolex Submariner was released in Baselworld 2003 to celebrate the Submariner’s 50th anniversary. Rolex made small but significant tweaks to the classic steel Submariner to create this model – the most defining feature being its green aluminum bezel.
Many Rolex brand faithful were taken aback by its release, considering it too outlandish for the classic tool watch design of the Submariner. Eventually though, it would gather its own cult following and was even nicknamed the “Kermit”, after the famous Muppets character.
In its years of production, the Kermit had several variations, among them the Flat 4 numeral and varying shades of green on the bezel, some even almost olive green. The Kermit also introduced the “Maxi” dial to the Rolex sport line with its larger hour markers and hands.
Just as the watch community was warming up to the idea of a green Submariner, it was discontinued and replaced with the “Hulk”.