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Rolex has recently released a new model of the Deepsea product line, and they have given this new timepiece the model number 136660. The Rolex Deepsea 2022 is notable for a number of reasons, with one of the most prominent beings that this watch was released well ahead of “schedule.”
Normally, Rolex tends to update their watch lines every ten years, but the last time a Rolex Deepsea was released, was in 2018, so this announcement came as a surprise to many in the horological community. In honor of the new Deepsea 136660 2022, we have decided to craft a comparison article that allows us to compare the last three iterations of this watch against one another. This Deepsea 116660 vs. 126660 vs. 136660 pieces will allow us to see how much Rolex has changed these watches over the last several years.
What Are the Technical Specifications of the Rolex Deepsea 116660?
Originally released in 2008, the Rolex Deepsea 116600 was intended to draw a significant amount of attention to the Deepsea line in a way it had not previously received before. In order to achieve this, Rolex decided to craft a diving watch that would be capable of withstanding intense physical forces.
To put this into proper context, the Rolex Deepsea 116600 is capable of operating at a depth of 12,795 feet below sea – that is more than 100 times the depth a person is safely capable of diving in the ocean. Rolex was clearly attempting to show off the full capabilities of their engineers and designers, and to that extent, they largely succeeded.
The Rolex Deepsea 116600 had a case size of 44 mm, which was considered very large at the time, especially for a Rolex dive watch. It was powered by the 3135 caliber movement, which has a power reserve of 48 hours.
This was also the first watch by Rolex to implement their patented Ringlock system, which is what allowed it to survive operating at those extreme depths. The system consists of a ring comprised of a nitrogen alloy at the center and a helium escape valve, which allows the watch to safely let out trapped gases so that it does not become damaged.
What Kinds of Changes Were Implemented on the Rolex Deepsea 126660?
First made available to the general public in 2018, the Rolex Deepsea 126660 implemented a number of significant new changes to its immediate predecessor. However, most of these changes were technical in nature, so you would not be able to detect them strictly by looking at the watch.
Rolex decided to technically overhaul the Rolex Deepsea 126660 by implementing the 3235 caliber for this watch, which required the installation of 90% new components, as well as applying for 14 new patents, all of which were successfully granted. Additionally, the power reserve received a significant upgrade as well. Before, this series of watches had a maximum power reserve of 48 hours, but this new iteration went up to 70 for the first time.
What Do You Need to Know About the Rolex Deepsea 136660?
In keeping with their well-known spirit of changing things on their watches very incrementally, the Rolex Deepsea 136600, or the Rolex Deepsea 2022, has implemented changes that are extremely subtle and only noticeable to a discerning eye. One example of this is that Rolex has ever so slightly slimmed down the bezel for this watch.
The reason for this is that they wanted to more prominently feature the chamfered sapphire crystal. Additionally, the date window for this watch has been increased by a substantial eight percent, which has also resulted in the date being larger as well. While this might not seem like a significant increase from a numerical standpoint, the space on the dial is very limited. Thus, any changes that are made to it are always well-thought-out ahead of time.
Rolex also stated that the chroma light display has been optimized for maximum luminescence for the wearer as well. However, Rolex also removed some features for this version of the watch as well.
In this case, the Fliplock dive extension, which helped allow for an extra unsnap of the bracelet, has been stripped from this watch. This is unusual because it makes the watch easier to fit over a wetsuit, and as of this time, Rolex has not explained why it made this change.
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