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Underwater Wednesday: Rolex Sea Dweller Deepsea

by Michael Weare
17 July, 2013
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Sea Dweller Deepsea

Underwater Wednesday

 

Rolex Sea Dweller Deep Sea

We began this lengthy series on diver’s watches with the Rolex Submariner, we will conclude, at least for the time being, with the Rolex Sea Dweller Deepsea.

No doubt about it, this is a professional dive watch in the truest sense of the word. Introduced in 2008, the Sea Dweller Deepsea is the bigger brother of the original Sea Dweller. Sometimes described as Rolex on steroids, its size has been increased to 44mm diameter, which is about as large as it ever gets for a Rolex. In fact the Watch Snob will tell you it’s over sized and over spec’d. If you agree with him you could always go for the earlier Sea Dweller model, there are still many available on line, although Rolex no longer manufacture them.

The Watch Snob aside, the iconic integrated helium release valve combined with the clean face and lack of the ‘cyclops’ date window which some find clunky, has made this diver a hot collectors favourite, especially for guys who like a bit more heft on their wrist.

Rolex Sea Dweller Deepsea

With water resistance to 3,900 metres, unless you are a professional deep sea diver, you will never come close to testing the limits of this watch, and you won’t need to because Rolex tests every single Rolex Deepsea that is made in a specially designed 1.3 tonne tank.

Rolex describe the Deepsea as the ultimate reference chosen by professional divers in oceans around the world. A new-generation divers’ watch steeped in decades of experience.

The Rolex Deepsea owes its name to the Deep Sea Special, the experimental Rolex watch that in 1960 successfully travelled to the deepest point in the oceans, a depth of 10,916 metres.

Deepsea in the water

From the graduated 60 minute unidirectional bezel, to the unique Ringlock System which allows the Rolex Deepsea’s case to withstand water pressure equivalent to a weight of some three tonnes on the crystal, everything about this watch is over engineered for durability and performance.

The watch is encased in aerospace grade 316L stainless steel. The Chromalight display on the dial provides a distinctive blue glow that lasts up to 8 hours with a uniform luminosity throughout, practically twice as long as that of standard luminescent materials. It’s powered by a Swiss certified calibre 3135 self-winding mechanical movement developed and manufactured by Rolex.

The Rolex Sea Dweller Deepsea is the choice of David Beckham and Tiger Woods. If you are looking for one of the definitive dive watches on the market, for around £8,000 you can join them.

 

Main picture courtesy of Nishant of Watchuseek

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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