Because of the outbreak of COVID-19, we have all had a pretty rough 2020. Rolex got everyone’s spirits up in September 1, 2020 by dropping a ton of new watches and updating some classic Rolex collections. For most people, one watch in particular has always been top of mind, the Rolex Submariner. This year, Rolex has finally upgraded its Submariner watches, and the entire collection. I’ve already covered the new 2020 fake Rolex Submariner 41 watches in detail, and I’m going to move on to the difference between Rolex Submariner 116610LV Hulk and 126610LV Kermit.
First, the dial has gone from a sunburst green, back to a lacquer black. I say back to black due to the 16610LV Kermit born in 2003 being this color combination. The previous Rolex Submariner 116610LV had a green bezel and green dial, but the new 2020 Submariner 126610LV has a green bezel and black dial. Now the black dials on both stainless steel Submariner Date 41 watcehs(Submariner 126610LV and 126610LN). In addition to the color, the handset in the dial have also been tweaked. The indexes are the same ‘Maxi’ style, but the minute hand ever so slightly longer and now just touching the outer minute track. In addition, the Mercedes-style hour hand now slightly fatter too. These minor changes were made to give the dial a tidier and more balanced look. The last change within the dial is the addition of the tiny Rolex logo in-between the words “Swiss” and “Made”.
One of the reasons why the fake Rolex Submariner 116610LV is called the “Hulk” is because the bezel and dial are both green. When the green dial was replaced with a black one, the nickname no longer applied to the Submariner 126610LV. However, there is one watch that has the same green bezel and black dial, and its nickname is the “Kermit”. So, many people consider the fake Rolex Submariner 41 126610LV to be the second “Kermit” watch. Interestingly, after upgrading the Submariner 16610LV Kermit to the 116610LV Hulk, Rolex has now resurrected the Submariner Kermit (ref. 126610LV). So, I guess we’ll see the Submariner Hulk(ref.136610LV) resurrected again in about a decade.
In 2020, Rolex has increased the case size of every Submariner watch to 41mm. This is the first time Rolex has upgraded the case size since 1959. In 1959, Rolex introduced the Submariner 5512, and the case size of Submariner watches remained the same for the next 60 years, even as more and more people complained that 40mm was too small for a modern sports watch.
So it was happy when everyone knew that the Rolex Submariner 126610LV had a larger case. The case size of the Rolex Submariner 116610LV stays at 40mm, but the Super Case brought lugs and crown guards roughly twice the thickness of previous watches. The Rolex Submariner 126610LV, on the other hand, has a wider case diameter, but it drops the Super Case. This means a 41mm case with narrower, sharper lugs. So the difference between the two cases on the wrist is very, very small.
The bezels are both made of ceramic and their colors have not changed. Both Cerachrom bezels are still engraved with the 60-minute diving scale, unidirectional rotation, tactile 120-click operation, and platinum PVD-filled numerals. In general, the bezels have not changed, except for the change in size (to match the larger case size).
The Rolex Submariner 116610LV is still powered by the NO.3135 movement. Since 1988, Rolex Submariner watches have been powered by this highest-quality mass-produced movement ever made. The new caliber NO.3235 was introduced in 2015. Every year since then, there has been speculation that Rolex would replace the most popular Submariner watches with a new movement. We have seen Deepsea and Sea-Dweller replace their watches with new movements, but only the Submariner watches have remained the same. It will be 2020 before the Rolex Submariner fake watches will finally be equipped with the new caliber NO.3235, as everyone has wished.
Although the NO.3235 movement is an updated version of the NO.3135 movement, it has been replaced by approximately 90% of its components. And, the new movement has received 14 patents. The most obvious change is the increase in power reserve from 48 hours to 70 hours. In addition, the new movement houses a Chronergy escapement and a blue Parachrom hairspring.
The fake Rolex Submariner 126610LV Kermit and 116610LV Hulk both come with the iconic three-link Oyster bracelet. However, the proportions of the bracelet have been adjusted as the case has been added and the lugs have tapered. The whole bracelet is wider throughout its entire length, with the most notable increase in width being to the clasp. The clasp remains unchanged, however, and all feature the Oysterlock security clasp with the Glidelock extension system. Even in heavy diving suits, the wearer can easily adjust the length of the bracelet.
I read everyone’s thoughts on the forum before writing this article. Although the Rolex Submariner 126610LV Kermit is powered by the latest movement, the Rolex Submariner 116610LV Hulk with its green dial is still the model that everyone prefers. This has led to the ref. 116610LV becoming more and more expensive on the second-hand market, so if you’re still in love with the Hulk, buy it soon. The real Submariner 116610LV will be less and less available, and the price of it will be higher and higher. Of course, it is always a good idea to buy one of the best replica watches available.