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3 Rolex Deep Dive Watches

June 14, 2016

BY Paul Altieri

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A trio of mega diving watches that can withstand extreme depths

Among Rolex’s collection of timepieces, some of their most famous and popular are their diving watches. But aside from the famed Rolex Submariner, the brand also offers other professional diver’s watches that boast extreme water resistance and are able to plunge to tremendous depths. Here we take a look at the three of the most current and technically advanced Rolex deep dive watches to accompany you on your next underwater exploration adventure.

Rolex Deepsea D-Blue Dial ref. 116660

3 Rolex Deep Dive Watches to sink into the water with.

1. Sea-Dweller 4000

Introduced in 2014, the Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 is the brand’s modern interpretation of their legendary professional diver’s watch that was born due to a collaboration with COMEX. Similar to the stainless steel Submariner, the Oyster case and Oyster bracelet of the Sea-Dweller is constructed from 904L stainless steel with the case measuring 40mm.

Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 ref. 116600

The brand’s modern interpretation of their legendary professional diver’s watch.

However, the Sea-Dweller is capable of reaching 4,000 feet (1,220 meters) deep thanks in part to the Rolex-invented Helium Escape Valve (HEV) — a watch mechanism that offsets the differences between internal and external pressure. For further robustness, the diver’s bezel of the Sea-Dweller 4000 is equipped with a Cerachrom ceramic bezel insert that is resistant to scratching and fading. An interesting design detail to note is that although the Sea-Dweller 4000 features a date function, the date window is not magnified by a Cyclops lens as on other Rolex date watches.

2. Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue Dial

The Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue Dial is essentially the same watch as the Sea-Dweller Deepsea except for its very distinct dial. The Deepsea D-Blue Dial was created in 2014 in honor of James Cameron’s 2012 historic dive in the Deepsea Challenger submersible, which dove 35,787 feet down the Mariana Trench. The dial on this special edition Deepsea features a blue to black gradient illustrating the change of colors when a diver plunges deeper underwater. Furthermore, the bright green color of the “DEEPSEA” label on the dial is a nod to the color of the Deepsea Challenger vessel.

Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue Dial ref. 116660

Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue Dial is essentially the same watch as the Sea-Dweller Deepsea except for its very distinct dial.

3. Sea-Dweller Deepsea

The Rolex Deepsea made a big splash with its release in 2009. Featuring an oversized 44mm case, titanium caseback, and 5mm thick domed sapphire crystal, the Deepsea is a tough watch built for serious diving enthusiasts. The watch is outfitted with the Triplock screw-down crown, Ringlock System, and Helium Escape Valve to ensure the Rolex’s waterproofness to an insane 12,800 feet (3,900 meters) deep.

Rounding out the practicality of a diving instrument is the unidirectional rotating Cerachrom ceramic bezel, highly legible Chromalight display that emits a clear blue hue in the darkness for up to eight hours, and the Glidelock System to easily extend the Oyster bracelet to wear over a diving suit.

Rolex Deep Dive Watches

The unidirectional rotating Cerachrom ceramic bezel, highly legible Chromalight display that emits a clear blue hue.

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