Rolex Anniversary Models

Rolex watches have a unique combination of groundbreaking innovation and timeless design. While their watches were considered trailblazing when they debuted; they are, at the same time, classic. Their designs from decades ago can still be worn with confidence today, and when they did change over the years, they did so very subtly.

When something reaches its 50th anniversary, however, it’s more than proven itself and can have a little fun. Rolex is more classic than flashy, but they do come up with unique designs and unexpected features to celebrate important milestones.


Check out some of their anniversary models:

Rolex Submariner Green 50th Anniversary Kermit Watch 16610LV (launched 2004)

To celebrate the half century existence of the Rolex Submariner, the company launched it with a new, bright green bezel – earning it the name “Kermit”, after the famous children’s muppet. Along with its bold new color, it also came with an LV in its model number (meaning lunette verteor green bezel) and was the first Submariner to come with a Maxi dial or larger luminescent hour markers.

Being a bit of a departure from Rolex’s conservative look, the Kermit wasn’t well received at first, but is now one of the best-selling and most collectible Rolex Submariner models.


Rolex GMT Master II Yellow Gold Green Dial

Rolex GMT Master II Yellow Gold Green Dial Mens Watch 116718 (launched 2005)

The Rolex GMT-Master is best-known for its colorful bezel, which even spawned a number of nicknames such as Coke, Pepsi, Rootbeer and Batman. So on its 50th anniversary, it was only fitting to give it an exceptional new bezel – it became the first Rolex to sport the Cerachrom ceramic bezel, prized for its resistance to fading and scratching.

Along with the Cerachrom, this model also came in 18k yellow gold, paired with a rich, green dial to match – an ultra luxurious version of the famed pilot’s watch.



For the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona’s 50th anniversary in 2013, they released the platinum and ice blue-dialed ref 116506, the first Daytona to ever come in platinum.

Meanwhile, when the Rolex Day-Date turned 60 in 2016, they combined the signature Rolex-olive green dial with the updated 40mm Day-Date case, and made it available in white gold and Everose gold. | photos from Tatsuyaaandzhen and daddycalv on Instagram.



Rolex Submariner 18K White Gold

Rolex Submariner 18K White Gold Blue Dial Bezel Watch 116619 (launched 2008)

On the 100th year of the founding of Rolex, they quietly released three new all-gold Submariners, among other new releases. What made the Submariners exciting is that they were not modified versions of existing models but completely re-designed versions. The one that particularly stood out was ref 116619 – nicknamed “Smurf” because of its lacquered blue dial and bezel, it is the first Submariner to be crafted in solid, 18k white gold.

Don’t be fooled by the luxe components – the Smurf has all the makings of a Rolex Submariner, which means it can be used while diving depths of up to 1,000 feet.

Rolex Seadweller

Rolex Seadweller 43mm Stainless Steel Mens Watch 126600 (launched 2017)

Changes to the 50th anniversary Rolex Sea-Dweller may not be too obvious to the untrained eye, but to watch aficionados and Sea-Dweller fans, the new ref 126600 packs on new features. The most noticeable is its much bigger 43mm case (from 40mm), which is more proportionate to its thickness; and now makes it one of Rolex’s larger models.

Aside from its larger size, it’s now outfitted with a Cyclops lens on the sapphire crystal, and a red “SEA-DWELLER” text on the dial. Lastly, the model now runs on Rolex Caliber 3235 automatic mechanical movement and an improved power reserve of 70 hours, from 48.




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