Fashion is dominated by gray, black, and blue color hues, whereas green is a color that’s been trending up for a few years, but still has nowhere near the adaptation of the others.
Green is just as on-trend for wristwatches as it is in the clothing industry — which is not surprising considering that watch styles often mesh with current fashion trends. Within the watch enthusiast community, the color green, and the use of it by market leaders such as Rolex, cause polarizing opinions, dividing the people who love green hued-watches and those that dislike them. Nevertheless, we think the use of green for dials and bezels, is a long-term trend that will not go out of style, and here are some of “our Most Wanted green watch picks.”
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 Green
The Rolex Submariner Hulk and Kermit, nicknames for Submariners with green bezel/green dial and green bezel/black dial Subs, respectively, are the obvious choices of green Rolexes, however, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 with Rolex’s own famous green hue on the dial, is an equally good choice, and if you can find one at retail, is significantly less than the Submariners, yet currently trades at a higher percentage of markup than the current Submariner Kermit, which retails for $10,600.
Armin Strom Gravity Equal Force Jungle Green
With a conservatively sized 41 mm x 12.65 mm stainless steel case, a stop-work declutch mechanism with an Equal Force Barrel, the latter was developed by Armin Strom’s team in-house, and a gorgeous handmade guilloché pattern on the Jungle Green dial, produced by Kari Voutilainen — you’re getting a lot of watch for the money. After all, many of the components are finished by hand, including anglage and polishing of the bridges.
G-Steel GST-B400CD-1A3 “Kermit”
With a 41.9 mm x 12.9 mm case, this is the slimmest G-Steel to date, and as reported in December 2021, this new limited edition with a fixed one-piece stainless steel bezel that features a green-colored IP plated brushed finish, and a black dial — it’s effectively the same colorway as Rolex’s discontinued “Kermit” Submariner.
Patek Philippe 5905 Flyback Chronograph Annual Calendar
Of course, Patek Philippe’s limited edition green dialed 5711 or one of its olive/khaki green Aquanauts are great choices of green timepieces, however, all of them are difficult to acquire and trade well over retail. Yet the 5905 Flyback Chronograph Annual Calendar with a green dial and a 42 mm x 14.13 mm stainless steel case is the more complicated of the three watches, and is, relatively speaking, is the best value.
Omega Seamaster 300M Green
Featuring a 42 mm stainless steel case, a green ceramic bezel, a green ceramic laser-engraved wave dial, helium escape valve, 300-meter depth rating, and an open caseback that reveals the caliber 8800 Co-Axial Master Chronometer — the Seamaster 300M Green Ref. 184.108.40.206.10.001 is one of the best green dive watches money can buy. Yet the price seems like a relative bargain with a green Submariner costing roughly twice as much. We recommend going with one of Omega’s excellent steel bracelets, although, the green rubber strap is variant is $300 less.