1991 Rolex Submariner Date (Ref. 16610) (MARK I Dial)

The Rolex Submariner Ref. 16610 was first introduced in 1986 by Rolex but didn't come into commercial availability until about 1987. There are a few dial variants for the Ref. 16610 models but there are 2 comely available variants. The MK I dials differ from the MK II dials simply by the use of Tritium as opposed to the use of  more modern Super-LumiNova for the luminous material. This can be seen under the 6 o'clock marker where MK I dials display SWISS-T<25 denoting the use of radioactive tritium and the MK II dials simply display Swiss Made as they are absent of tritium and use Super-LumiNova. As you may know tritium lume tends to age and darken when exposed to the U.V. from the sunlight where as Super-LumiNova tends to remain a crisp white, making the MK I Ref.16610's a bit more desirable. 


This specific 1991 Rolex Ref. 16610 that we are offering here at C&T has wonderfully aged tritium lume plots as well as matching pearl at the 11 o'clock position of the bezel insert. The Lume has aged to a wonderful golden yellow coloration and the bezel insert has faded into a deep smokey blue/grey coloration.  This would make a great vintage piece that has some of the more modern technical elements most vintage Rolex Submariners lack. The sapphire crystal and Trip-Lock crown being two of the elements that would make this piece a great vintage daily driver!

Stock # RLXSUB16610-91
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner 
Model 16610
Serial X54XXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Black (WG Surrounds) 
Millimeters 40
Bracelet C&T Hand Made Horsehide Leather Watch Strap (Honey Blonde)



The case of this 16610has been gently been polished at some point but retains nice thick lugs. The watch will be supplied on a Craft & Tailored Horween front quarter horsehide vintage two piece strap in Honey Blonde.

DIAL & Hands

The MarkI  dial variant is in stunning original condition. The tritium lume plots have aged to a warm golden yellow coloration as has the tritium filled pearl located at the 12 o'clock position on the bezel insert. The bezel insert has also taken on a wonderful deep smokey blue/grey coloration which adds to the charm and original condition of this special piece. The hands were replaced during one of the service intervals to the modern Super-LimiNova variant most likely at rolex during a service in the late 1990's or early 2000's.



None. Watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec.