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‘Watch in the Box’ Video Series: Episode 10

Paul Altieri

We have had a lot of fun making our Watch in the Box video series, and today marks the tenth and final installment of the first season. Don’t worry, we will be back for Season 2 with more watches, more stories, and a whole lot of surprises. So, sit back, relax, and take a look at which used Rolex watches came in for Episode 10!

Watch in the Box: Episode 10

For anyone who isn’t already familiar with our Watch in the Box video series, it’s our way of including you – our customers and viewers – in the fun of the surprise. Each week, we get in countless packages from all around the globe, and inside every box is a different luxury timepiece with a unique story. From unworn Rolex watches that are being traded in for different models to highly collectible vintage references that can be worth a small fortune, we never know what we’re going to find until we open up the box.

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used rolex ref. 126660 preowned - WIB Episode 10

Our 10th and final episode of Season 1 of our Watch in the Box video series brings us a truly spectacular dive watch: the James Cameron Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea ref. 116660. This example of the Deepsea is believed to be the only commemorative watch developed by Rolex.

In 2012, the famed Titanic director became the first person to complete a solo dive to the bottom of the Mariana trench successfully. A few years later, in 2014, Rolex released the D-Blue special edition Deepsea that you see here today. In a rare move, Rolex released this variation of their deep saturation diver as a stand-alone piece, instead of debuting it during Baselworld that year. This particular reference has since been discontinued and replaced with the newer-model ref. 126660.

In addition to featuring a stunning blue gradient dial, the ref. 116660 also features a bright green Deepsea logo, which mimics the color of the Challenger submersible that Cameron was in when he performed his history-making dive.

The line is also notably resistant to pressures of up to 3,990 meters/12,800 feet, a resistance that it can attribute to an innovative case design that includes a triple-sealed waterproof screw-down crown, a thicker 5.5mm sapphire crystal, a two-piece screw-down caseback, and a flush Helium Escape Valve. The Helium Escape Valve – aka HEV – is a mechanism that allows the gasses that accumulate within the case during deep saturation dives to escape without dislodging the crystal. This feature is essential to the Deepsea’s incredible waterproofness, and allows the watch to be used for professional saturation diving purposes.

The Rolex 116660 reference is a robust dive watch that features a 44mm case diameter. To offer greater flexibility under pressure and more comfortable hold on the wrist, the caseback is crafted from lighter-weight Titanium, and the case is equipped with a Ringlock system that allows it to maintain a manageable thickness of just under 18mm. As a newer dive watch, the case is also equipped with a ceramic bezel insert and a “Maxi” dial fitted with long-lasting luminous plots.

The Oyster bracelet balances the heft of the case on the wrist nicely and features both Rolex’s Glidelock and Fliplock extension systems, a set of features that allows the wearer to adjust the length of the bracelet without the use of tools. While most collectors won’t need to utilize this feature to fit their Deepsea on a day to day basis, it’s a convenient mechanism to have as your wrist fluctuates in warmer and humid weather.

The Deepsea Sea-Dweller is Rolex’s most capable dive watch, and the D-Blue dial edition is a fresh take on the classic black and white dive watch design. If you’re in the market for a bold diver, it doesn’t get much better than the D-Blue James Cameron Deepsea.

Paul Altieri

Paul is the company's Founder and CEO. He is responsible for all the day to day activities from purchasing, receiving, marketing and sales. Paul is a graduate of Boston College 1979 and resides in California with his family.