At Rolex, the legendary Submariner and Sea-Dweller were part of all the great adventures and innovations related to diving, dressing the wrists of Jacques Cousteau, Sylvia Earle, marine biologist, including Henri Germain Delauze, founder of Comex. or the famous director James Cameron, also enthusiastic about extreme underwater exploration (on March 26, 2012, he will make a record solo dive to the Challenger Deep, the deepest point in the oceans aboard the incredible submarine Deepsa Challenger at a depth of 10,908 meters ). This is not a new model here, but a new generation of the Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller model with 2 major changes, a case enlarged to 43 mm and a new movement, the automatic caliber 3235, a heart of high precision at the forefront of watch technology and available for the first time on a watch in the Rolex Professional category.
If we can trust the Rolex house very much technologically, I know that aesthetically, certain purists, informed amateurs, enlightened, to call them whatever you want, will cry scandal, yes I'm exaggerating a bit, because for the first Once in its history, this 2017 Sea-Dweller is equipped with the Cyclops magnifying glass on the ice at 3 o'clock. Its importance, to provide a better reading of the date. I don't know if when diving 100, 500, 1000 meters or more, reading the date is paramount, but I think this Cyclops lens is a great fit for him. It should also be noted that the dial bears the name "Sea-Dweller", written in red, referring to the first model and will be nicknamed "single red" in the future. This is another detail, but it will make a world of difference for collectors. A 43 meter box is impressive, but I'd love to try it out, it's the only way to get a real opinion. I don't know if I am very objective with the Rolex brand, but this new watch really appeals to me. Another argument to be made is that it benefits from the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015 to ensure exceptional performance on the wrist.
The introduction of this new version of the rolex sea dweller first copy marks the 50th anniversary of the watch's introduction. In fact, the Sea-Dweller was launched in 1967 as the brand's answer to the then-expanding market for saturation diving. With the help of the North American Navy and the French Comex divers, Rolex developed an instrument that can withstand the pressure of the deep.
Rolex not only played an undeniable pioneering role in the development of the waterproof watch, the diver's watch and the rotating bezel. The Geneva-based company is also not lacking in practical experience: for example, the first watch to reach the deepest point of the sea was called the Rolex. And the first watch that works reliably on a diver's wrist down to a depth of 701 meters, the Rolex Sea-Dweller first Copy. - The objective verbal approach of this classic, which has been available (officially) since 1971, is correspondingly difficult.Finally, the model of the Rolex diver's watch family, which has long been the densest model (consisting of the Sea-Dweller, Submariner without date and Submariner with date and date magnifying glass the latter available in several variants) developed mainly for professional divers (and it is not found more and more common: for people who do not dive with the desire to buy a High Quality Replica Rolex watch aura diving). And as a fixed item of equipment for COMEX divers (models are marked on the dial and searched accordingly), it remains one of the few diver's watches to have its helium valve built in (which was also a pioneer at the time. ) not as a trick, but out of necessity. The list of notable details could be infinitely expanded; if the inclined reader learns more about the origin story, etc.
In the beginning, there were specially converted submarines with helium valves for Comex. These diver's patek philippe replica watches were delivered to Comex as reference 5514 and are now as rare as they are unattainable. In 1967, Rolex and Comex S.A. a few more meters: the first Sea-Dweller could withstand a depth of 610 meters (equivalent to 2000 feet) without losing its composure. For this, the case has been redesigned and, above all, equipped with a thicker plastic glass and a taller bezel. The vintage Rolex Sea-Dweller Reference 1665 model is one of the most sought-after jewels in the wide range of fake rolex swiss replica watches and regularly reaches record prices at auctions.
In 1978, Rolex introduced the new reference 16660 parallel to the 1665. The watch called "Triple Six" by collectors is the first Rolex with a sapphire crystal and the new Oyster bracelet with solid rather than small connections to the case. In addition, Rolex doubled the compressive strength to 4,000 feet, or 1,220 meters. The first Rolex Sea-Dweller first Copy Triple Six received a dial with applied luminous tritium material and had a matte surface. Today such an antique watch is particularly sought after, as the original dials were often exchanged for the later shiny white gold indexes during a service at Rolex.
Comex divers have been receiving the Sea-Dweller 4000 with the reference 16600, introduced in 1988, since 1992. Another record helped raise awareness of the watch: in 1992, Comex diver Theo Mavrostomos reached a depth of 701 meters , without getting wet. . The experiment was carried out under scientific supervision in a high pressure chamber in Marseille to test a new venting mixture of oxygen, helium and hydrogen. The previously used oxygen-helium mixture caused complications such as tremors and memory problems in a test in the USA.
For more than 20 years, nothing fundamental changed for the Rolex Sea-Dweller, making 2008 a fateful year. The Sea-Dweller reference 16600 was dismantled and replaced by a superlative: the Sea-Dweller Deepsea with the reference 126660 with a diameter of 44 millimeters and a compressive strength of up to 3,900 meters replaced the little sister.
Initially, the case grew to 43 mm. Rolex isn't usually that radical, but in any case the case is so well designed that it doesn't look like a big watch at all. Take a look at the photo above: if I didn't just say it's 43mm, you would surely think we still have the traditional 40mm case. Rolex did not provide the data on the height of the case, but without being naturally thin, it cannot be said that it is also bulky. And it's more proportionate than the 40mm in my opinion.
Rolex always had the idea that the watch had Cyclops, because if the goal a diving watch should always pursue is maximum legibility, there is no question that the lens will help with reading the date. The date can be said to be irrelevant to this instrument, but if Rolex hadn't wanted it to be read, it just wouldn't have recorded it. And if it was in the original design, then it's completely legitimate.
In addition to the model with a black dial (11,800 euros), the Deepsea is also available with a black and blue gradient on the dial for 12,100 euros from 2018. Rolex equips the reference 126660 with the new caliber 3235 with automatic winding, which has a reserve of 70 hour march.