Rolex Kermit And Its Different Versions

Rolex has always been a brand that honors subtle evolution. With the brand’s strong design DNA, updates to their timepieces come in the form of small but important changes. Every now and then, however, they throw in a surprise – and that’s exactly what they did with the Rolex Kermit.

Introduced in 2003, the Rolex Kermit was launched to mark the 50th anniversary of the Rolex Submariner. The handsome and conservative dive watch was considered a classic; and the bright green aluminum bezel of the Kermit was a bold, unorthodox move.

What was a polarizing model at the start is now a collector’s favorite – and with the new green ceramic bezel Submariner (126610LV), comes renewed interest in the collection. Here’s a guide to the Rolex Kermit’s variations through the years.

 

THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY ROLEX SUBMARINER “KERMIT”

 

Green Sub

Rolex Submariner Flat 4 Green 50th Anniversary Watch 16610LV

The Rolex Submariner “Kermit” Green Bezel 16610LV is most recognized for its bright green bezel, but along with it came another change in the Submariner’s design – the Maxi Dial. It featured larger hour markers and fatter hands than the standard Submariner Date, resulting in increased legibility.

The rest of its construction remained the same as the black bezeled 16610 Submariner, namely its 40mm steel case, caliber 3135 movement, unidirectional rotating bezel, and depth rating of 300m.

 

VARIATIONS OF THE KERMIT

 

Pointed vs Flat

Rolex Submariner Green 50th Anniversary Watch 16610LV – Pointed vs Flat 4

In typical Rolex fashion, the Kermit underwent several incremental changes throughout its 7-year production. There are as many as nine different versions of it (named Mark I to Mark IX), with different configurations of the bezel, dial, cases, and packaging types. Here’s a simplified guide to different flavors of the Kermit.


1. THE FLAT 4

The most popular variation of the Kermit is the “Flat 4”, called such because of the different font for the number 4 on the bezel. It has a noticeable flat top, instead of a pointed end.

There are actually two versions of the “Flat 4” bezel. One is the “Serified” version, whose numbers with internal angles have more pronounced serifs or small projections at the end of each stroke. The other is the “Non Serif” version, whose numbers don’t have the projections.

Kermit models with the “Flat 4” sell at a premium, as these can only be found on the earliest generation reference 16610LVs.

 

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Flat 4, Bertolli, and Pointed 4 Bezels

2. THE BERTOLLI

Aside from the bezel fonts, the Rolex Kermit’s bezel colors also evolved. There were five known variations of the Kermit bezel. Four were in racing green colors, while one stood out with its lighter olive green color.

Nicknamed the “Bertolli”, presumably after an Italian range of olive oil, this particular bezel was only produced for a few months. The Bertolli also comes with a serified Flat 4 font.


3. THE POINTED 4

While the first two versions of the Kermit came with the Flat 4 font, later versions come with a “Pointed 4”, where the number four’s upper parts meet at a point, creating a triangle.

There are three generations of the Kermit with the pointed 4, which are further classified based on their font thickness and on the shape of the number 5, which had either rounded or squared corners.


4. THE CERMIT or THE STARBUCKS

The Rolex Kermit (16610LV) was discontinued in 2010 to give way to the green dial and green bezel Rolex Hulk (116610LV). The Rolex Hulk remained in production until 2020, when Rolex made major changes to the entire Submariner line.

The 2020 models are now 41mm, rather than 40mm, and come with a new and improved movement, the Calibre 3235.

 

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2020 Rolex Submariner Green Bezel 126610LV beside Rolex Submariner Hulk 116610LV

The new Submariner line also marks the comeback of the green bezel-black dial Rolex Submariner design, this time with a Cerachrom ceramic bezel (ref 126610LV). With its green ceramic bezel and black Maxi dial, the new model is actually an intriguing take on both the Kermit and the Hulk, but the colorway leans towards the Kermit.

Many Rolex fans have taken to calling it the “Cermit” or the “Kermit II”, but the name “Starbucks” is also growing in popularity, after the coffeehouse chain’s official colors.

 


 

The Rolex Kermit’s combination of timeless design and distinctive green bezel makes it a unique classic. Explore our selection of Rolex Kermit watches at SwissWatchExpo.com.

 

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