The Rolex Deepsea
The Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller is an Oyster Professional watch that is the latest expression of Rolex’s long history of underwater exploration. Released in 2008, the Rolex Deepsea has a case that is equipped with a unique Ringlock System and a helium escape valve, making it able to withstand water pressure to a depth of 3,900 metres.
The case is made up of three main components; the core of which is a nitrogen-alloyed steel ring, this is accompanied by a 5mmm thick domed sapphire and a grade 5 titanium caseback. The architecture of the case is key; a domed crystal is far less likely to shatter than a flat one and the titanium caseback is not only strong but adds weight to the bottom of the watch making it wear more comfortably on the wrist.
Ever since the first waterproof Rolex Oyster was created the brand has constantly been raising the bar for professional dive watches. The Rolex Deepsea is takes its name from an experimental Rolex watch that accompanied U.S. Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh and Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard on their 1960 voyage to the bottom of the ocean.
The Deep Sea Special was attached to the exterior of the bathyscaphe Trieste, a vessel specially designed to reach the deepest point in the ocean. When they surfaced after their historic dive to a depth of 10,916 metres, the Deep Sea Special was still in full working order.
The feat was repeated in 2012 when James Cameron, director of films such as Titanic and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, descended 10,908 metres in the Deepsea Challenger.
The Rolex Deepsea may only be water resistant to just over a third of this depth, but that is still far deeper than any human could survive. So why then do Rolex spend so much time and effort creating a watch that will go deeper than you can ever dream of.
The simple answer is that creating a great dive watch provides a brand with great credibility due to their style and inherent durability.
Rolex has cemented its place at the top of the luxury watch market by consistently producing pioneering technology that has put it ahead of its competitors year on year.
Rolex Deepsea Specifications:
- Case – Oyster 44mm, Steel. Caseback in Grade 5 Titanium
- Bezel – Unidirectional Rotatable 60-minute graduated, scratch-resistant Cerachrom insert in ceramic, numerals and graduations coated in Platinum
- Movement – Calibre 3135, Manufacture Rolex
- COSC Certified
- Bracelet – Oyster, flat three-piece links
- Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system. Fliplock extension link
- Water Resistance – 3,900 metres
- Dial – Black