Since its production in 1967, the Sea-Dweller has established itself as the world's most impressive dive watch. The Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller can remain waterproof for up to 4,000 feet and the Rolex Deepsea can remain waterproof for up to 12,800 feet. 2019 update: suggested retail prices start at $11,350 and increase depending on the model and metal used. Shop our full section of used Rolex watches.
The Rolex Sea Dweller & Deepsea is at the top of most Rolex fan's "must have" list. Known for it's large case, classic look and deep sea diving capabilities, the pre-owned Rolex Sea-Dweller has taken the luxury watch industry by storm. With ceramic bezels and luminous markers, some are calling the new Rolex Sea-Dweller one of the most innovative watches on the market.
Rolex created the Sea-Dweller to meet the new challenges of deep-sea exploration in the 1960s. While their Submariner was sufficiently water-resistant, the unique conditions of saturation diving would force tiny helium molecules past the seals of divers' watches, and the Rolex Sea-Dweller was designed with a patented helium gas escape valve, which allows trapped helium molecules to safely exit the watch.
Retail prices for the most recent version of the Rolex Sea-Dweller start out at $11,300 for the stainless steel reference 126600. Prices increase from there for the Deepsea and two-tone steel and gold models. However, due to overwhelming demand and a relatively fixed supply, many Sea-Dweller watches sell for more than their original retail prices on the secondary market.
Neither the Rolex Sea-Dweller nor the Submariner can be said to be “better” than the other. The Sea-Dweller has a higher water-resistance rating than the Submariner and also has a helium-escape valve; however, its larger size makes it slightly less versatile in daily life. While the Sea-Dweller and Submariner are both Rolex dive watches, they were designed for slightly different purposes and each comes with its own list of pros and cons.
Like other watches, there are a number of ways to tell whether or not a Rolex Sea-Dweller is real; however, what to look for when authenticating a Sea-Dweller will differ slightly from one reference to the next. Counterfeiters are getting better and better at copying Rolex’s designs each day, and sometimes the only way to confirm that a watch is real is by opening it up and inspecting it with high-powered magnification.