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Rolex Sea-Dweller "DEEPSEA"

July 21, 2008

A new Rolex Sea-Dweller, debuted at Baselworld 2008 with the added "DEEPSEA" designation. Its name comes from the "Deep Sea Special", the experimental prototype that in 1960 reached a depth of 10,916 meters in the Mariana Trench. For 2008 the engineers at Rolex SA made the Sea-Dweller bigger, more water-resistant and essentially changed about everything, except the ultra reliable 3135 in-house movement.

List of the changes made to the original Sea-Dweller:

The updated case is slightly larger at 43mm in diameter.

The crystal is now a domed sapphire.

New ceramic bezel was added, the numerals and the graduations are filled with platinum through the use of a PVD technique patented by Rolex.

The zero marker of the graduated bezel, represented by a triangle, is visible longer due to a capsule containing a new luminescent material that emits a blue glow.

To enhance legibility, the indexes and hands are wider and partially coated with the same new luminescent material and also emit a blue color.

The movement features a new Parachrom hairspring with high resistance to shocks and magnetic fields.

The case back is made of a titanium alloy, an extremely resistant stainless material. It is held in place against the high-performance ring by means of a 904L-steel ring.

A nitrogen-alloyed stainless steel ring was added to help withstand the pressure exerted by water on the crystal and the case back.

A new Glidelock clasp allows for fine adjustments to the bracelet length, up to 18 mm by increments of 1.8 mm, without removing the watch. (pictured above).

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Retail price is $8,999.

Baselworld, Divers, Polls, Rolex


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