Anyone gearing up to dive in the oceans abyss can benefit from this new and improved Rolex unveiled at Baselworld 2018. Introducing the new and slightly improved and refined “Rolex Oyster Perpetual Deepsea Sea-Dweller”.
Originally this watch debuted back in 2014 with the special d-blue dial. Although its prototype was conceived and worn by James Cameron as can be seen in the documentary for “Deepsea Challenge 3D”.
The timepiece he wore was never actually make available on the horology market. For the documentary James Cameron was given an experimental “Deepsea Challenge” watch that had an astonishing water-resistance that could reach up to 12,000 meters (39,370 feet).
But, we currently do have the standard issue “Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue James Cameron” (Ref#: 116660) in stock at EiT. For more in-depth information on this timepiece visit our blog review here, while our current in-store listing can be seen here.
This new updated version for 2018 has had some minor changes applied to the case, an updated bracelet, but the main difference was swapping out the caliber 3135 mechanical movement for the caliber 3235. That same caliber was also cased inside the 50th anniversary “Rolex Sea-Dweller” (Ref#: 126600) with red writing and a cyclops lens, we have in stock and listed here.
Focusing back on the new updated “Deepsea” its 44mm case is made of stainless-steel, or the “Oystersteel” as Rolex has designated. The case consists of a monobloc middle case, a steel screw-down case back and the Rolex Ringlock system case architecture with a helium escape valve for alleviating pressure during diving sessions.
Comes equipped with a screw-in crown that has the Rolex Triplock triple waterproofness system, while the aforementioned helium escape valve has been aligned with the 9 o’clock position. It’s topped by an extra thick 5.5mm domed sapphire crystal that assists with water-resistance on this watch reaching up to 3,900 meters (12,800 feet).
Mounted to the case is a unidirectional rotatable steel bezel with a 60-minute graduated Cerachrom black ceramic insert that allows divers to monitor their underwater and decompression time for safety purposes. This Rolex-patented insert is made of an extremely hard and corrosion-resistant ceramic, which is virtually scratchproof and its color is unaffected by ultraviolet rays.
While the numerals and featured graduations are molded in the ceramic and colored with platinum using a PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) process. With divers in mind the bezel’s knurled edges offer an excellent grip when manipulating the bezel to set dive time, even when wearing gloves.
Time is exhibited on the D-blue dial which is predominately colored blue, but gradually shifts to black as it reaches downwards towards the bottom half of the dial, as if it were descending to the oceans depths. It has round hour index markers, expect for the 6 o’clock position with a rectangular index and the 12 o’clock position with an upside-down triangular marker; followed by smaller white printed minute index markers.
The “DEEPSEA” inscription on the lower half of the dial has been colored green which adds an extra color highlight in this darker area. The central hands and hour index markers have been given a luminescent filling, for an enhanced legibility. There is also a white date aperture at the 3 o’clock position.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Deepsea Sea-Dweller
This “Rolex Oyster Perpetual Deepsea Sea-Dweller” (Ref#: 126660) is powered by a self-winding in-house mechanical movement, caliber 3235 with 31 jewels and 28,800 Vph. Equipped with a Chronergy escapement and a paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring this watch has a Superlative Chronometer certification. Power reserve on this watch can last up 70 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is an updated for 2018 stainless-steel 3-link Rolex Oyster bracelet, secured to the wrist by an Oyster clasp with Glidelock extension system and Fliplock extension link. A handy feature to extend the wrist sixe to accommodate being placed over a diving suit, among other possible garments. For more up to date information visit the official Rolex website here.
MSRP: $12,550.00 USD
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