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Rolex Deepsea

With a maximum maximum operating depth of 3900 M, the Deepsea is Rolex' most powerful diving watch... And one of the few luxury watches that can be worn on diving expeditions and soirees at the same time.. It is only available in steel.

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The history of the Rolex Deepsea

The Rolex Deepsea brings a long history with it. It all began in 1926 when the Rolex Oyster, the world's first waterproof watch, was unveiled. Based on this then revolutionary new technology, a new standard for Rolex watches was born. In 1953, the legendary Rolex Submariner Ref. 6204 was launched for the first time. It is still considered an icon of diving watches and was capable to dive to a depth of up to 100 meters without losing its water resistance.
Already in 1960, a first test model of the Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea was sent on an expedition to the deepest point of the seas, the Mariana Trench. The explorer Jacques Picard had a Rolex Deep-Sea Special attached to the outer skin of his submarine Trieste. In 1967, Rolex filed another innovative patent, which is second to none today. In order to go deeper, Rolex developed a helium valve, which ensures pressure equalization when surfacing after deeper dives, thus preventing the watch glass from popping out. The Rolex Sea-Dweller series was now able to reliably display the time down to a depth of 1220 meters. Today, with the Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea you can dive up to 3900 meters, making this a real record holder.

Features of the Rolex Deepsea

If you compare the Rolex Submariner, Sea-Dweller and Deepsea, you will notice the different sizes visually. The Submariner is the smallest watch of the Rolex divers watches with 40mm case diameter. The Rolex Sea-Dweller Ref. 126600 measures 43 mm and the Rolex Deepsea Ref. 116660 44mm Series - Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea, this size is necessary to guarantee water resistance and pressure equalization in extreme depths. With the introduction of the Ref. 126600, at the Baselworld in 2017, the Sea-Dweller has the typical Rolex Cyclops lens in the crystal.

The Rolex Sea-Dweller and Deepsea both come with black dial and black bezel. Thus, although they are a real eye-catcher because of their size, but are understated enough with the simple stainless steel bracelet and clean design, so as not to appear pretentious. In honor of the solo dive by James Cameron, Rolex presented at Baselworld 2014 a special model with a blue - black gradient dial of the Deepsea. The strong blue, which turns into a deep black, symbolizes the course of a deep-sea dive. The Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue Dial Edition 116660 is a highly sought-after collector's model, which has gained greatly in value since its launch in 2014.

Interesting models of the Deepsea at a glance

  • The classic of the Rolex Deepsea series is the black 116660. Water-resistant down to 3900 meters, it is the perfect companion for every dive or other adventures and also fits perfectly with its simple elegance to a tuxedo.
  • The Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue Dial Edition 116660 is definitely an eye-catcher for every situation with its fancy blue-black dial. This popular watch is also waterproof to a depth of 3900 meters. The name "Deepsea" is, unlike other models, kept in the same green as the submarine Challenger, which dived together with the Rolex Deepsea to the lowest point on earth the Mariana Trench.
  • If the Rolex Deepsea is a little too large, you can grab the smaller model Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600. Also in a simple black, this watch comes with a typical for Rolex Cyclops. Her predecessor, the 116600, does not have a cyclops magnifying glass which let´s it appear a bit smaller.
  • For those who like it a little slimmer, the Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 16660 is the right choice. The predecessor of the 116660 has a sleeker body and is only 40mm wide.

More interesting Rolex series

  • As an entry level model, the Rolex Air King is recommended. Worn by British fighter pilots during World War II, it impresses with its striking size and classic-simple Rolex design.
  • The Rolex Daytona is named after the eponymous car race at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida. With tachymeter display on the bezel, it is not only for racers a useful companion.
  • The Rolex Submariner is the classic among diving watches and an absolute icon. Even James Bond showed that she wears both a tuxedo and a diving suit.
  • The Rolex GMT Master II is the pilot's watch series from Rolex. It is still associatively linked to the luxury airline Pan Am and, thanks to the display of multiple time zones, it is not only interesting for frequent travelers.
  • The Rolex Milgauss can withstand magnetic fields of up to 1000 Gauss without being influenced in their accuracy. Characteristic is her orange arrow-shaped hand, which makes her a special eye-catcher.
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