We recently covered the best green Rolex dress watches and now we turn our attention to sports models. With dress watches, the color green typically shows up on the dial. However, with sports watches, in addition to green dials, Rolex can apply the color to other parts of the timepiece such as the bezel or even the hands. Let’s dig into the best green Rolex sports watches on the market today.
Green Rolex Daytona
One of the hottest Daytona models on the market this past decade has been the yellow gold Daytona ref. 116508 with a green dial, better known as the “John Mayer.” That striking combination of the yellow gold case with the bright green dial is hard to beat. Plus, if we zoom in closer on the dial, we see that the trio of counters also includes red interior rings for another dash of color.
The other details remain the same for a full gold modern Daytona, which is to say a 40mm Oyster case water resistant to 100 meters, screw-down pushers and crown, and a three-link Oyster bracelet. Rolex no longer makes the 116508 as it was replaced by the newer generation in 2023. What’s more, the newer yellow gold Daytona ref. 126508 does not offer the option of a green dial, which makes the now-discontinued green Rolex “John Mayer” a coveted collectible.
Green Rolex GMT-Master II
To the delight of many, Rolex introduced a brand new GMT-Master bezel colorway in 2022, combining black and green. However, even more surprising was that this fresh “Sprite” bezel was fitted to the first left-handed Rolex watch, the GMT-Master II ref. 126720VNTR. The crown is placed on the left to accommodate left-handed folks, and the date window is also repositioned from its traditional 3 o’clock position to 9 o’clock.
Matching the green side of the bezel is the green 24-hour hand on the black dial, which is a nice touch. Like all current steel GMT-Master II models, the “Sprite” is available with either an Oyster or Jubilee bracelet.
Green Rolex Submariner
Ever since the 50th anniversary of the Submariner in 2003, Rolex has continued to include a steel Submariner Date with a green bezel in its catalog. The first was the Submariner 16610LV “Kermit” with a black dial and green aluminum bezel. The second, which debuted in 2010, was the Submariner 116610LV “Hulk” with a green dial and green Cerachrom ceramic bezel.
2020 was the year that Rolex rolled out the latest generation Submariner collection, including the green Submariner ref. 126610LV “Starbucks” with a black dial and green Cerachrom ceramic bezel. Like all new-gen Sub Date models, the green version includes a 41mm case, a unidirectional bezel, an Oyster bracelet, and Caliber 3235 with 70 hours of power reserve inside the watch.
Green Rolex Air-King
The Air-King offers a more subtle way to wear a green Rolex sports watch; the model doesn’t include a green dial or a green bezel, but rather, a dash of green details. The Air-King 126900, introduced in 2022, includes a 40mm steel case, an Oyster bracelet, and a black time-only dial.
In addition to lume-filled hour and minute markers, a yellow coronet, and Mercedes-style hour and minute hands, that black dial is home to a green Rolex inscription and a green seconds hand. Again, while this is not technically a green Rolex, it does offer pops of vibrant color.
Several of Rolex’s sports watch collections offer a green option, whether it’s a dial, some hands, or the bezel. Green has become more popular in the watch space over the last decade or so, but it’s always been an important hue for Rolex – and it looks particularly great on its sporty models.
Article by Celine Simon.
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