ROLEX – SEA-DWELLER
AN EXPLORER AT HEART
Rolex is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its professional diver’s watch with an evolution incorporating the latest innovations for the ultimate in safety.
1967 was the year that Rolex unveiled the Sea-Dweller, the first diver’s watch to be water-resistant to depths of 610m with a helium valve on the case. The innovation meant that diver’s watches were no longer affected by pressure when they returned to the surface. In 1978 the crown-logo brand made an initial evolution with improved water-resistance; it could reach depths of 1220m. This Sea-Dweller 4000 would remain in the catalogue until 2008 before resurfacing in 2014 with brand new technical updates from Rolex such as a unidirectional rotating bezel with a Cerachrom disc and a long-lasting luminescent display. This year the brand is bringing out an up-to-date version (ref. 126600) with a 904L steel case that’s grown from 40 to 43mm and its glossy black dial says Sea-Dweller in red in tribute to the original model which also had an inscription in the same colour. This model is also the first in the collection to have a Cyclope magnifying glass to showcase the date.
The 3135 calibre has been replaced by the recent 3235 which fuels the watch’s 70-hour power reserve. Like any Rolex, this model has two certifications: superlative chronometer and COSC (Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute).
So as to fit any wrist and be worn easily over a wetsuit, even a very thick one, the Sea-Dweller comes on a strap with two handy systems. Glidelock enables you to extend it by up to 20mm whilst the Fliplock links give you up to 26mm extra!
By Dan Diaconu
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