Rolex Starbucks 126610LV: The nickname
Rolex Submariner 126610LV was launched in 2020 and since then it has been called multiple names in the watch community. The people who have been in the watch community for a while started calling it The New Kermit simply because it closely resembled the original. But many people decided to call it Starbucks. This is because the green shade seen on the watch’s bezel is very similar to the green color used in the Starbucks logo.
Rolex Submariner Green Bezel: History behind the LV models
Rolex Submariner is one of the most popular watches in the company’s catalog. Over the years, the watch has been launched in various combinations. To date, the green bezel Submariner is one of the more popular choices among buyers. This model is easily recognizable on someone’s wrist thanks to the class-apart design.
The watch can also be recognized by its reference number, which says LV at the end. LV here stands for Lunette Vert, french for Green Bezel.
The all-new Rolex 126610LV is the latest Submariner model you can get with a green bezel. But it is not the first Submariner with a green-colored bezel. The green bezel trend began with the launch of the Rolex 16610LV. The watch was launched back in 2003 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Submariner model. The reference 16610LV received the nickname Kermit from “Kermit the frog” as the color reminded people of the muppet character.
In 2010, Rolex decided to replace the 16610LV with the 116610LV. The new variant offered a green dial along with a green bezel. This time the watch got a ceramic bezel instead of the aluminum bezel that was present on the 16610LV. The new material made the color look slightly different.
Thanks to the combination of the green bezel and the green dial, the community decided to call this one the “Hulk”, with the name being inspired by the Marvel character.
Rolex Cermit/New Kermit/Starbucks
Rolex Submariner 126610LV combines a black dial with a green Cerachrom bezel offering a refined look. This is the ideal watch for those who want a Rolex that actually looks apart. Due to the fact that it brings back the combination of a black dial with a green bezel, many people even call it the New Kermit or Kermit 2.0. Also, as it has a ceramic bezel, people even like to refer to it as the ‘Cermit,’ basically combining the words ceramic and kermit.
What’s the difference between the 16610LV and the new 126610LV?
The 126610LV Submariner looks quite similar to the 16610LV. This is because both watches feature the same combination of black dial and green bezel. But there are differences. Both on the outside as well as on the inside. From the color on the bezel to the movement, here’s everything that is different.
The New Kermit gets a Cerachrom bezel instead of the Aluminium bezel found on the older Kermit. Rolex Submariner 16610LV offered an Aluminium bezel, making the green color pop. However, the material was prone to scratches. Also, Rolex noticed that the aluminum bezels were fading over time, completely changing the color.
In the path of offering a more durable timepiece to its customers, Rolex decided to go in with the Cerachrom bezel on all its new watches. Even the 116610LV had a ceramic bezel.
Bracelet and case improvements
The Rolex 16610LV was not just a normal Submariner but it was an example to what was to come. It was the first Submariner to feature the Maxi dial with enlarged hour markers. It was a feature not seen in other Submariner models until 2010. 116610LV took it a step further with the introduction of the maxi case.
As for the all-new 126610LV, the watch has let go of the maxi case in favor of a new 41mm case. Also, the new case now fits a 21mm bracelet rather than the 20mm seen on the older Submariner models. These subtle changes sound minor but have made a big difference. The watch now feels much more comfortable on the wrist as the wearability has been improved significantly.
The Submariner 16610LV uses the caliber 3135 automatic movement that offers a power reserve of 48 hours. On the other hand, the 126610LV uses a new and improved caliber 3235 automatic movement, which is way more power efficient. Due to this, the New Kermit is able to offer a power reserve of up to 70 hours.
For a matter of fact, Kermit, Starbucks, and the Hulk all belong to different eras or decades. This means there would be a significant change in the pricing as well. The original LV model was launched for a retail price of around $6,000 (roughly AED 22,000). Adjusted for inflation, that watch would have cost $8,677 (around AED 32,000) in today’s market.
The all-new Rolex Submariner Starbucks currently retails at a price of around $9,550, which roughly translates to AED 35,000. If we see the prices adjusted for inflation, the Starbucks does not cost all that more than the 16610LV yet offers a significant improvement over its predecessors.
In the watch world, just talking about the retail price does not do enough justice. As of October 2022, the Submariner Starbucks is trading for around AED 68,000 in the secondary market. On the other hand, the Submariner 16610LV can be purchased for around AED 57,000.
Why could the Rolex Submariner Starbucks be a collector’s watch?
People have always shown a special interest in the green bezel Submariner models in the watch community. This is due to the fact that the watch looks absolutely stunning. History has shown that these Submariner LV models only increase in value. The 16610LV which was launched at around AED 22,000 is currently trading for around AED 57,000 in the secondary market. That is almost a 160% increase in value.
Similarly, the 116610LV Hulk was launched for around AED 31,500 and it is currently exchanging hands for around AED 72,000. This shows that the people who bought it at retail have made a profit of around 129%.
Rolex Starbucks, which already has a huge fanbase, has increased by almost 112% already. These numbers are projected to increase over the span of next few years. Besides the increase in value, these watches are very special to people who adore watches.
As for the increase in values, you can better understand them with the table given below.
|Model||Retail Price||Current market price||Percentage increase in value|
|16610LV (Kermit)||AED 22,000||AED 57,000||+160%|
|116610LV (Hulk)||AED 31,500||AED 72,000||+129%|
|126610LV (Starbucks)||AED 32,000||AED 68,000||+112%|
Rolex Starbucks in Dubai
Rolex Starbucks has gained immense popularity since its launch. Due to the high demand, the watch has a huge waiting list if you visit the Rolex Authorised Dealer. As we all know, it is not easy to get on the wait list. But you can buy one from WatchMaestro. Also, if you have been wanting to sell or trade your Starbucks for a Hulk or anyother watch, we can help you with that as well.
Buy Rolex Starbucks in UAE
At WatchMaestro, we have a variety of Rolex Submariner models available. If you are looking for a Submariner Starbucks that’s in brand-new condition, we can arrange that for you. Through our connections in the industry, we can source you a watch in just a couple of hours. All you have to do is reach out to us on WhatsApp or through email with your requirement and we will source the watch for you. Not just that, we will make sure that we offer you the most competitive price.
We will also make sure that the whole watch-buying experience is smooth. We do this by offering class-apart customer service and multiple payment options, including cash, credit and debit card and even bank transfer.
Sell or Consign your Rolex Starbucks
If you have been wanting to sell your Rolex Starbucks, you are at the right place. We can offer you upfront cash for the watch. It is a simple process overall. Just bring the watch to us and our experts will verify if everything is authentic. Once that is done, we pay you in cash or through bank transfer.
Trade Rolex Starbucks
Do you want to trade your Hulk, Kermit or any other watch for a Submariner Starbucks? Or do you want to trade Starbucks for another watch? We have got you covered. Our experts will advise you on what trade will be the best for you and accordingly arrange the watch for you.