The Sea-Dweller from Rolex is a brilliant example of Rolex engineering and advancement of horological ingenuity. This timepiece is designed for extreme depth diving – supporting water resistance to an unbelievable 4000 feet. Built with Rolex’s time honored Oyster case, it is only slightly larger than other 40mm models – at 43mm. The platinum coated tactile edge around the bezel gives divers the ability to adjust the dive time precisely to their dive and decompression times – while providing extreme visibility even in the darkest parts of the ocean depths.
The Rolex Sea-Dweller was launched in 1967, and Rolex continued to develop its extreme diver watches – unveiling the Deepsea version in 2008 supporting a dive depth of 12,800 feet.
The Sea-Dweller has excellent legibility in dark conditions with large Chromalight hour markers and hands which provide a long-lasting blue glow. The Date window is uniquely visible but on the Deepsea model does not have the cyclops lens found on most Rolex timepieces. Even the Sea-Dweller has the cyclops lens.
Each Sea-Dweller has an escape valve which allows proper decompression in the hyperbaric chamber composed mostly of helium. These tiny helium molecules penetrate the watch case through the gaskets, so the pressure inside the timepiece can equalize with the pressure inside the changing habitat. The patented gas escape valve keeps the scratchproof sapphire crystal from popping off due to high pressure during decompression – preserving the tight waterproofness of the Oyster case and the integrity of the ultimate diver’s timepiece.
The innovative case design utilizing a grade 5 titanium and nitrogen-alloyed steel allows the deepsea to withstand weight up to 3 tonnes. The incredible strength of this timepiece allowed James Cameron to turn the Rolex Deepsea into one of his greatest characters – showing how the timepiece could withstand the dive depth of 11,000 feet deep in the Mariana Trench – one of the deepest parts of the entire Earth’s ocean.
The Sea-Dweller Reference 126600 has a calibre 3235 self-winding movement with 70 hours of power reserve. It is certified as a superlative chronometer. It comes with a folding Oysterlock safety clasp and the Rolex Glidelock extension system with a Fliplock extension link – allowing divers to easily adjust the watch band on the wrist or on top of a dive suit.
Rubber B has developed a Vulcanized Rubber strap precision engineered to fit Rolex Sea-Dweller 43mm. This strap utilizes “Blocked Integration” engineering, including solid inserts for a flawless, motionless flush mount to the Sea-Dweller case.
Hans Wilsdorf remained tapped into the zeitgeists of the time and made sure that Rolex wristwatches went along for the ride.
A 316L Stainless Steel buckle comes with this strap, for a lifetime finish. Each Rubber B bracelet is made in Switzerland of pure vulcanized rubber. No coating, blends or bonding are used – creating a non-toxic, non marking, and allergen free bracelet that can provide exceptional beauty and strength to this exquisite diver’s tool
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