Yet another timepiece from the Rolex line commemorating its birthday is the one and only “Rolex Sea-Dweller”. It celebrates its 50th anniversary at Baselworld 2017, amongst various other iconic watches that have all coincided with growing relevancy along the years.


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This watch to many is the most impressive diver timepiece on the market, with its astonishing abilities to reach into the depths of the ocean. For further corroboration of this fact we can turn to James Cameron who has had a special edition “Sea-Dweller” named after him, the: “Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue James Cameron” (Ref#: 116660).


Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue James Cameron (Ref#: 116660) * Image courtesy of: EiT

He even wore one on his wrist as he descended into the abyss to gaze and search the relics of the sunken Titanic, while researching for his blockbuster, Oscar winning movie “Titanic”, which came out in 1997 starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

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In this new edition the case has grown from 40 to 43mm and is made of stainless-steel with a solid case back. At this case size we can confirm it to be the biggest non-Deep Sea model since 1967.


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There is a black unidirectional Cerachrom bezel with PVD-applied platinum numerals, while it’s also covered by a flat sapphire crystal. Water-resistance on this watch can reach the very impressive 1,220 meters (4000 feet), with assistance from the helium escape valve placed on the opposite end in relation to the crown. When the “Sea-Dweller” originally debuted, it was the first watch with a helium escape valve being commercialized.


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Time is exhibited on a black dial with round hour index markers and standard stick minute index markers circling the dial. Its hands and hour index markers are made out of 18k white gold. Another novelty nuance that immediately catches the eyes of those familiar with previous editions is the red colored “Sea-Dweller” designation, located above the 6 o’clock position. Hands and hour index markers are filled with a blue Chromalight lume, for an enhanced legibility, especially for those actually taking these watches for deep dives.

Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller

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One of the biggest novelties and ‘upsets’ on this timepiece, depending on who you ask, was the first time inclusion of equipping a Sea-Dweller with a magnifying cyclops lens. Normally we’d see this element on a Submariner model, which tended to make the “Sea-Dweller” the alternative pick for those who didn’t appreciate the cyclops look. Now these meticulous aficionados will have to seek out older models, or accept the current trend.

Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller 2017

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller

This “Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller” (Ref#: 126600) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 3235 with 31 jewels and 28,800 Vph. Previous Sea-Dweller models were powered by caliber 3135. Current power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 70 hours, when fully wound.


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Mounted to the watch is a Rolex 904L stainless-steel Oyster bracelet fitted with an Oysterlock safety clasp, plus a Fliplock extension system that allows 2mm increment adjustments. The bracelet was also redesigned for this update, with a wider size that provides a securer and more comfortable fit to the wrist.


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Written by Mauro Az