We currently have available arguably one of the rarest Rolex’s ever made. The extremely popular Rolex 116600 Sea-Dweller watch was only in production for 3 years. The ultra-resistant sailors’ versions engineered by Rolex for the conquest of this deep. Becoming waterproof to a depth of 4,000 ft (1,220 metres), they’re caused by decades of collaboration with diving professionals. We had been wondering yet, what’s the difference between the new Sea Dweller ref. 126600 and also the now discontinued version?
From the 1960’s, a commercial deep-sea diving firm approached requesting a dive watch that could operate deeper under water for a longer period of time. Rolex took the Submariner 5513 model and included a one-way escape valve to relieve pressure. Subsequently in 1967 Rolex introduced it since the Sea Dweller Ref. 1665. Back in 1978, ref.16660 was introduced with a new, bigger escape valve, using a depth 4,000 ft. The ref. 16600 was introduced in 1992, and then at BaselWorld 2008, the Rolex Sea Dweller Deepsea 116660 was born.
David Beckham Deep Sea
Today’s technical divers observe, the Sea Dweller 126600 is watertight to 1,220 metres / 4,000 ft. It is pretty amazing for enthusiastic sailors! Nevertheless it hasn’t only been specialist divers who’ve taken a liking for this watch.
The dial that bears the name Sea-Dweller in red, is a reference to this first version. Whilst this was predicted, many enthusiasts at Baselworld 2017 were surprised with some of the upgraded features of the most recent Sea Dweller. Mainly the bigger 43mm size and the Cyclops over the date. This new size may be popular, but it actually depends on how you’re feeling about a bigger Rolex watch. Nevertheless the 43mm diameter supposed the grade 3235 has a larger barrel in contrast to the preceding 3135 version. Among the biggest differences between Sea Dweller to the Submariner has become the helium release valve and the Cyclops lens. In case you really don’t fancy a Cyclops lens on your Sea Dweller, then the new model may not be for you!
Whether you like the upgrades or not, the newest version is still magnificent and as technically incredible as previous models. It actually is to personal taste, but obviously many collectors do prefer an investment bit or a historical timepiece. If the latest version is not for you, then get your hands on a gorgeous 116600 until they become too hard to find.