The Sea-Dweller has always been one of Rolex’s most celebrated sports watches, with roots tracing back to Rolex’s famed partnership with the French diving company, COMEX. At first, the Sea-Dweller was produced in small numbers with sales limited to professional divers and diving companies. As word of this watch got around, public interest was evident. Thereon in, Rolex regularly distributed the Sea-Dweller to retailers. The result was instant success.
In 2012, James Cameron went on a solo dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench; on his wrist was the Deepsea, a super-water-resistant take on the standard Sea-Dweller. To commemorate his record-breaking feat, Rolex has engineered the new Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue Dial.
From afar, the watch looks the same as its black-dialed counterparts. On the wrist, the watch feels the same. Everything, at a glance, is practically identical. That is everything, but the dial. The blue-black fade on the dial symbolizes James’ descent from the bright, comforting surface to the frigid, dark ocean waters. In neon green, the word “DEEPSEA” is boldly printed followed by “SEA-DWELLER” and the mind-blowing depth rating of 12,800ft/3,900m. Thanks to Rolex’s patented Ringlock system, flexible titanium case back, and helium escape valve, the case can even withstand pressure from such unfathomable depths. The reference is 116660 and the movement is a manufacture caliber 3135. For more information, please visitwww.rolex.com.
Luke Rottman (Executive Editor: thewatchadviser.com)