A Week On The Wrist: The Rolex Sea-Dweller Reference 126600
Rolex And The Pursuit of Waterproofness
An unique Royal Oyster case from 1926.
In my point by point take a gander at Rolex from 2015 , I talk about organizer Hans Wildorf’s quest for three unique properties that would come to characterize Rolex watches: accuracy timekeeping, a programmed development, lastly, protection from water. For what reason was this so essential to Wilsdorf? Since before the presentation of the Oyster in 1926, watches (at that point generally of the pocket assortment) were regularly seen at games, however consistently on the sidelines.
However, Wilsdorf accepted there was a genuine market for watches that could be worn during dynamic games by members themselves. The early Oyster cases included the originally fluted bezels utilized by Rolex, so watchmakers could fasten them more tight to the case center. Obviously, the screw-down Oyster crown was a significant advancement from the Rolex family that further permitted wearers of these watches to go further than any time in recent memory before.
In 1953, Rolex and Blancpain both showed proficient jump watches (which started things out is disputable and along these lines habitually discussed) and the classification that a considerable lot of us love so much was conceived. While the Fifty Fathoms was stopped many years prior to being once again introduced by the advanced manifestation of Blancpain, the Submariner has stayed a consistent power in the watch world for more than 60 years. At the point when it was first appeared, complete with its screw-down crown, brilliant radium dial, and turning bezel, one could expect water obstruction up to an amazing (for that time) 100 meters.
Reference 6204 (an uncommon variant endorsed by Serpico Y Laino).
Indeed, reference 6204 and the first “enormous crown” reference 6200 offered jumpers amazingly hearty instrument watches. The later 6205, 6536, and 6538 stuck to this same pattern, as the did the later Submariners that we as a whole know today.
Rolex/Panerai reference 6152 claimed by John Goldberger.
Before that however, Rolex delivered what was ostensibly the ne in addition to ultra of pre-1950s jump looks also, they simply didn’t have the Rolex name on the dial. Indeed, a portion of the first Panerais – during this period made dominatingly for Italian military jumpers – were made completely by Rolex, and highlight Rolex cases and developments. It ought to be noted not the entirety of the early Panerai wristwatches utilized Rolex developments and cases, however a few of the soonest did and they stay truly collectible – one such model is the tropical dial piece possessed by John Goldberger and found in his scene of Talking Watches .
Did You Know?
The “Submariner” wasn’t constantly expected to be the Submariner, and similarly as Rolex explored different avenues regarding names for the Daytona and other currently notable models, in the past the Rolex jumper might have been designated “Sub-Acqua.” A couple of early models with this name have surfaced throughout the long term like this one at Antiquorum in 2013 .
Rolex kept on creating the Submariner in a large group of variations without interference, and as all of you know, keeps on delivering it today. In the main years and years of purchaser and expert plunge watch creation, there were unquestionably other genuine jump keeps an eye out there, however a significant number of them however noteworthy in fact were not broadly circulated, and few arrived at the degree of commercial or expert achievement of the Sub. Omega’s Seamaster line is genuinely the Submariner’s just competitor during the 1960s for a promptly accessible jump watch, and they ought not be over looked – however the account of the Seamaster has undeniably a bigger number of digressions than that of the Submariner. However, this story isn’t about the Submariner, right? We should proceed onward to the presentation of the other Rolex jump watch, which came around 14 years later.
The Introduction Of The OTHER Rolex Dive Watch
One of the soonest known Sea-Dwellers – note the “Single Red” line of text and patent forthcoming bracelet.
In numerous ways, the Sea-Dweller is the best articulation of Rolex as a brand. From its earliest reference point, the model showed a distraction on Rolex’s part with broad over-designing, and execution regardless of anything else. Keep in mind, Rolex previously had a more than proficient plunge watch in the 5512 and 5513 Submariners, but it needed to construct something much harder – a watch implied for the individuals who worked, yet at times, really lived underwater.
1964 Advertisement for Rolex Submariner ( by means of Jake’s Rolex World ).
The Sea-Dweller was brought into the world in a period when the following extraordinary phase of investigation – of outrageous conditions at no other time visited – was simply starting. Man had not at this point been to the moon. It was only 10 years before that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay scaled Everest interestingly; a couple of brief years after the fact, in 1960, the bathyscaphe Trieste successfully plummeted to the most profound point in the sea. It was likewise during this time that the main lasting exploration stations were set up in Antarctica, and that Nautilus, the primary atomic submarine, gone under the Polar ice cap toward the North Pole.
This was a time of logical revelation, and the world was enamored by these accomplishments of diligence and assurance to where the plunge into the Marianas Trench landed Bob Walsh and Jacques Piccard on the front of Life Magazine, seemingly the magazine of record for most Americans at that point. These long stretches of success prompted a portion of humankind’s most noteworthy investigations, and it was these accomplishments by the best age that caught the personalities and hearts of the people born after WW2. There was basically nothing more energizing than investigation in the last part of the 1950s and mid 1960s, regardless of whether of space or the most profound seas, and this is the reason it bodes well that during this period, Rolex built up the Sea-Dweller.
Two Experimental Rolex Dive Watches, 52 Years Apart
The 1960 Deep Sea Special (42.7mm x 36mm thick – water impervious to 35,814 ft).
The 2012 Deepsea Challenge (51.4mm x 28.5mm thick – water impervious to 39,370 ft).
It ought to be noticed that the Sea-Dweller did come after the Deep-Sea Special, the watch clipped to the outside of the Trieste when it slipped to the lower part of the Challenger Deep. In any case, that watch was gigantic – completely unwearable – and obviously, it wasn’t even truly intended to be worn in any case. The equivalent can be said for another trial watch made by Rolex in 2012, the Deepsea Challenge , a beast 51mm super jump watch that James Cameron tied to the outside of his vessel when he reproduced the memorable 1960 plunge. The Sea-Dweller wasn’t conceived as a one-time use device, or a model from which other innovation could be taken – it was made for the most genuine jumpers on the planet, and intended to be worn every day, over a significant stretch of time.
Tune in To Scott Carpenter Talk About SEALAB In His Own Words
Jake Ehrlich from RolexMagazine.com has a magnificent history of Scott Carpenter’s time wearing a Rolex both as a space explorer and an aquanaut. He even talked with Carpenter himself in a 2008 digital recording, which you can tune in to here .
As referenced, the association between space and “internal space,” (a term that was instituted by the Eisenhower organization after the fruitful jumps of Trieste) was a genuine one. Truth be told, one of NASA’s most well known names had an impact in both. Scott Carpenter, one of the first seven Mercury space explorers and the pilot of the second monitored orbital trip by an American, in Aurora 7, withdrew from NASA in 1965 to take an interest in the U.S. Naval force’s “Man-in-the-Sea” Project called SEALAB. (Since hello, isn’t that what the vast majority of us would do whenever given a time away from NASA?) As a group chief for SEALAB II off the shore of La Jolla, California in the late spring of 1965, Carpenter and his colleagues went through 30 days living and dealing with the sea depths directing investigations from an ocean bottom natural surroundings at 205 feet underwater.
With Carpenter was Bob Barth, who was the lone man to take part in the three distinctive SEALAB missions. His Submariner reference 5512 was offered available to be purchased a couple of years back however the merchant made no notice of how significant this Submariner and its proprietor were for the advancement of the Sea-Dweller.
Captain Bob Barth’s Rolex Submariner 5512, which accompanied him on each SEALAB mission – ostensibly answerable for the improvement of the Sea-Dweller.
In a meeting directed by Jason Heaton back in 2012, Barth recounts how he and his kindred team individuals, while going through decompression in a decompression chamber, would some of the time hear a snappy “pop” just to locate that the gem of somebody’s watch – Submariners, Blancpains, and Tudors, generally – had come off. The essential issue was the helium in the breathing gasses utilized in SEALAB. Helium shapes tiny atoms, which can over the long haul penetrate the seals of a jump watch and develop for the situation. Jumpers would go through a few days in a decompression chamber, where pneumatic force would steadily be brought down from that at working profundity, to gaseous tension adrift level. The helium would not have the option to spill back out of the watch case rapidly enough and the outcome was progressively more noteworthy pressing factor inside the watch case – frequently, enough to pop the gem off. It was the SEALAB missions that previously required a helium get away from valve, which was presented inside the Rolex range on the Sea-Dweller and stays a staple of this model to this day.
The Exceptions To The Rule
There are a little bunch of early Sea-Dwellers that have just one line of red content on the dial. These “Single Red” Sea-Dwellers are really uncommon, highlight a profundity scope of 500m rather than 600m, and generally don’t have a helium get away from valve. These are models and for the most part bring a huge number of dollars at sell off, for example, this one did in 2013 .
The Sea-Dweller reference 1665 was presented in 1967 as Rolex’s greatest, baddest, most skilled plunge watch. It was water impervious to 610 meters, generally twofold what a 5513 was evaluated to at that point, and highlighted two lines of red content perusing “Ocean Dweller/Submariner 2000”. The crown was a Trip-Lock; the watch highlighted a date (helpful to immersion jumpers who could go through days in a decompression chamber) and it was the first run through a Rolex jumper would include the complication, originating before the 1680 Submariner ever so briefly.
The gem was domed and cyclops-less. The arm band had an expansion fasten that permitted the proprietor to immediately open up the wristband to permit it to fit outwardly of a plunging suit. This is the way the Sea-Dweller was conceived and how it stayed for quite a while (we would lose the red lettering during the 70s around a similar time the 1680 lost its red from the dial) and throughout the long term we would see ceaseless enhancements to water safe designing in Rolex’s most expert line. That is, obviously, until Rolex murdered the Sea-Dweller as we probably are aware it.
The Semi-Sea-Dweller-Less Years
Rolex’s Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue was presented in 2014.
Now, Rolex isn’t anything if not steady. What’s more, to feel that one of the strong five Rolex sports watches presented during the 1950s and 60s could be viably slaughtered off is difficult to accept. Be that as it may, it occurred, kind of. From 2009 to 2014, there was no Sea-Dweller in the Rolex list. Alright, so there was the 44mm Sea-Dweller Deep-Sea, which took the idea of an ace apparatus jumper much further, with its absolutely senseless 3,900 meter profundity rating. However, alongside it came a larger than usual 44mm case, and afterward in 2014, the inclination blue to dark dial of the “D-Blue” version .
It was the first run through in quite a while that Rolex making a unique dial for one of its current games watches, and it didn’t agree with everybody. All things considered, the D-Blue was probably the most sweltering watch on the planet when it was declared, and the conventional dark dial 44mm, titanium caseback Sea-Dweller Deep-Sea is a lot of a Rolex – it’s simply that many longed for a genuine jumper in a customary 40mm size.
At Baselworld 2014, that is the thing that we got with the Sea-Dweller 4000 . Reference 116600 was 40mm in width, included a cyclops-less precious stone and artistic bezel, and was appraised to 4000 feet, or 1,220 meters. This might not have been an excessively energizing reference, however it made up for a shortfall that had been empty for a large portion of 10 years and everything was well with the universe of Rolex jumpers. And afterward came Baselworld 2017.
A Week On The Wrist With The Rolex Sea-Dweller Reference 126600
The pristine for 2017 Rolex Sea-Dweller reference 126600.
Rolex at Baselworld 2017 was somewhat hostile to climactic for a few, in any event comparative with 2016. There was definitely not A-rundown super presentation like there was a year ago with the Daytona. Rather there was an update to the most un-notable and surely least comprehended apparatus watch made by Rolex.
The new Sea-Dweller came as an amazement somehow or another yet not others. Obviously, 2017 imprints the 50th commemoration of the presentation of the main Sea-Dweller 1665. Yet in addition note that we got a totally different Sea-Dweller in 2014 – that is a hell of a short run for a Rolex reference when you recollect that the primary Sea-Dweller was produced using 1967 as far as possible up until the 1980s. The 5513 ran from the mid ’60s through the late ’80s.
This is Rolex, hell, and things shouldn’t change excessively fast – however they did. In spite of the fact that the 116600 Sea-Dweller 4000 was an incredible watch, with its cyclops-less gem, 40mm case, and ceramic bezel, Rolex supplanted it only three years after it was introduced.
The new 126600 is a lot of a Sea-Dweller however, don’t be confounded about that. It has a helium get away from valve similarly as it ought to and it’s water impervious to 1,300 feet more profound than the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest structure, is high. The thing is staggering, without a doubt. Anyway we acquired three millimeters in width from 2014 to 2017, and that implies it’s not, at this point a similar case size as the first. Further we have a cyclops window on the gem, which in case you’re a Sea-Dweller fellow, could be viewed as something of a misfortune. We should experience the reference 126600 in detail, since I’ve gotten an opportunity to go through seven days wearing it.
The reference 126600 Sea-Dweller is 43mm in diameter.
Forty three millimeters isn’t tremendous. In any case, it’s not little all things considered. It’s a full 3mm bigger in distance across than the past age Sea-Dweller, and well, all Sea-Dwellers that preceded it. It stays 15mm thick (as estimated without help from anyone else; case thickness is certifiably not a number Rolex shares), and keeping in mind that my first response to this upsizing of a verifiable instrument watch is, “gah, Rolex, for what reason did you do that!?” we should consider the following.
The Sea-Dweller began at 40mm and remained there at its unique size for roughly half a century. The equivalent can not be said for the Daytona, which went from 37mm to 40mm in the last part of the 1980s, the Explorer II, which went from 40mm to 42mm in 2011, and the Explorer I, which upsized to 39mm in 2010. Indeed, even the Milgaus, when it was resurrected, showed up in a bigger size.
The GMT-Master and Submariner were both brought into the world little (37mm) and rapidly upsized to 40mm during the 1960s where they stay, pretty much today. In any case, in the event that we have a Submariner at 40mm, doesn’t it bode well that the more rough and more profound appraised Sea-Dweller is somewhat greater? However much it may baffle a significant number of us, it appears to compute.
The drag width of the new 43mm Sea-Dweller is presently 22mm rather than 20mm.
Now this shouldn’t imply that I like it. Yet, one thing I’ve found out about the watch business is that there is continually something for everybody, and I know that a huge number of individuals out there are excited that the new SD is 43mm. Indeed, in our presenting post from BaselWorld this year, there was a stunning measure of help inside the 187 comments about the bigger size . With the new size comes a bigger carry width – 20mm to 22mm – however the new measurements don’t make the piece that shocking on the wrist.
Naturally, the form quality and finish of this strong square of 904L tempered steel is genuinely amazing, and you can see the sharp lines and extreme cleaning in the image above. The helium get away from valve is flush against the case side, and notice how fresh the brushing is on the edges of the bezel. Obviously, we have a Trip-Lock crown as well.
A set of Oyster plunge watches experiencing last testing with the assistance of COMEX, at Rolex Geneva.
Now, about the profundity rating. The Sea-Dweller is water impervious to 4,000 feet, or 1,220 meters. That is extremely, profound. Yet, it is precisely the same profundity that the past age SD was evaluated to, and that was three millimeters smaller.
Four thousand feet is fabulously profound, however it has been raised by some that if this new reference is bigger and “new and improved,” for what reason would the profundity rating continue as before from a past age? It’s a reasonable inquiry maybe, particularly considering the way that all Rolex watches experience a restrictive “Shellfish” test utilizing compressed machines (acquired from, you got it, COMEX) to guarantee the watches are indeed appraised to 10% more profound than what is imprinted on the dial.
But what intrigues things significantly more is that Rolex really tests their jump watches to a decent 25% past what is imprinted on the dial. This implies that Rolex could, indeed, have made the new reference 126600 evaluated to 5,000 feet without changing much on the watch by any means, and that may have put down a portion of the complaints about the bigger case size – the new reference wouldn’t have just been bigger, yet it would’ve been likely seen as a more skilled plunge apparatus which is difficult to contend with. (Obviously this is somewhat conceptual at any rate; since 2001 just six individuals have ever scuba plunged further than 300 meters, however we as a whole realize jump watch fans love overkill.)
The caseback of the 43mm Sea-Dweller is steel like the remainder of the watch – the Deepsea, in any case, utilizes a titanium caseback. Both are airtight fixed and just opened with an exceptional Rolex tool.
What’s fascinating here is that the Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller, which times in at only one millimeter bigger than the new Sea-Dweller, is evaluated to a shocking 12,800 feet utilizing the Rolex Ring Lock framework. In all actuality, the watch isn’t just 1mm bigger than the Sea-Dweller, yet additionally extensively thicker (however it utilizes a perfect titanium caseback to save some weight – not found on the Sea-Dweller, new or old) anyway one would think if a supporter was keen on a 43mm super jumper, he’d essentially make the following stride and have the Deepsea in return for some extra heft.
The single line of red content harkens back to the most punctual known instances of the model.
Now, the dial here is something that couple of can complain about. Interestingly since the 1970s, we have a Sea-Dweller with red on it. Also, it’s not two lines of red content as we as a whole envisioned it very well may be, however all things being equal, simply a solitary line saying “Ocean Dweller.” As we’ve said, the soonest known instances of the reference 1665 Sea-Dweller included just a solitary line of text in red on the dial; not many external the profound dim universe of vintage Rolex gathering know this.
Every occasionally we’ll get a sign from the Crown that says, “Indeed, folks, we know you’re out there and we ARE focusing.” This single line of red content is one of those signals.
The “Twofold Red” is an all around examined and frequently referenced vintage watch, the Single Red isn’t. It has been said there are pretty much as not many as six known single red Sea-Dwellers, however a couple of more have been found as of late as March of this current year . Presently numerous authorities of old Rolex watches like to complain that the company that they love so much couldn’t care less about them – and indeed Rolex didn’t become Rolex by offering to vintage gatherers, yet rather by offering new watches to the normal individual you meet in the city (every one of them). All things considered, every so often we’ll get a sign from the crown that says “Indeed, folks, we know you’re out there and we are focusing.” This single line of red content is one of those signals.
The other not-so-observable contrast between the dial of the new 126600 and the active 116600 is that the old dark dial had a silk finish and this new one is somewhat gleaming. What’s more, with the upsizing of the case comes a slight upsizing of the Chromalight and white gold hour markers, and hands, to keep things in extent. Once more, this being Rolex, their Chromalight innovation really sparkles as long as eight hours, which is twice the length conventional SuperLuminova. Gracious, and it shines blue.
Finally, on the facade of the watch, you can see that the date window has a cyclops magnifier over it. This was the absolute most questionable change to the Sea-Dweller, much more so than the 43mm case, however maybe a portion of the analysis is somewhat preposterous. Not that I don’t offer belief to idealists that complain over subtleties – I’m normally one of them. Yet, for this situation, when gotten some information about adding a cyclops to the precious stone of the Sea-Dweller, a man of honor from Rolex essentially expressed, “This watch is about usefulness. A cyclops makes it simpler for jumpers to see the date above and submerged. Straightforward as that.” sufficiently fair, really.
Is a cyclops magnifier on a Sea-Dweller heresy or straightforward great sense?
However the opposite side of the coin is this: what number of individuals truly utilize the Sea-Dweller as it’s proposed to be utilized, at any rate? Furthermore, if the seemingly insignificant details matter such a huge amount to individuals and the Submariner as of now has the cyclops date window, why not simply let the Sea-Dweller be? I see that side as well, and on the off chance that it were up to me, I’d say the Sea-Dweller should highlight a no-cyclops gem since that is the way it was planned during the 1960s. All things considered, a similar source disclosed to me that Rolex would’ve gotten a kick out of the chance to utilize a cyclops on the Sea-Dweller from the start however its gem would not acknowledge it – it was excessively thick and excessively domed for the cyclops to work appropriately. So here and there, the 126600 rights an off-base that has unobtrusively bothered at Rolex since 1967. Also, obviously, the Deepsea at one millimeter bigger is still cyclops-less in the event that it truly bugs you.
Still, this reaction from Rolex is somewhat similar to Ferrari refering to execution for its utilization of Formula 1-style transmissions over a three-pedal manual – indeed, it’s quicker, yet there a huge level of the games vehicle purchasing public that thinks we came to “sufficiently quick” a long time back and would exchange .03 off their vehicle’s 0-60mph time on the off chance that they could appreciate the vibe of paddling their own gears.
If Rolex truly needed to make the most precise watch similarly Ferrari needs to make the most high performing vehicle, wouldn’t the Sea-Dweller be quartz? Here in falsehoods the incredible incongruity of Swiss watchmaking – they need to push execution and proficiency quite far, however not so far that they start to play in a field where they are not, at this point the specialists – fundamentally until they start penance of any of their own customs. On the off chance that Ferrari, for instance, was situated in Geneva rather than Maranello, maybe we’d see the new 812 Superfast with a six speed transmission and carburetors since “that is the means by which a real vehicle ought to be made.”
But that is another story for one more day. The new Sea-Dweller has a cyclops window, similar to it or not.
The wristband of reference 126600 is a triple strong connection style made of 904L impeccable steel.
Ah, the wristband, the one piece of any Rolex watch that is basically impenetrable to scrutinize from anyone. What’s there to say, truly? The thing is a cutting edge wonder. Rolex has for quite some time been at the front line of wristband designing and in reality, they have a full group of committed specialists, researchers and skilled worker in Geneva that guarantee what they produce is the bar by which any remaining arm bands are estimated. What’s more, indeed, on the off chance that you didn’t have the foggiest idea about this all around, Gay Freres, the creator of those unbelievable vintage arm bands you see on Rolex looks as well as numerous others (counting vintage Pateks) was procured by Rolex a few years back.
Further Reading… On Bracelets
Because this is HODINKEE, you can be certain that on the off chance that you need to find out about the sources and varieties of the Rolex Oyster arm band, we have a story on it. Enter at your own danger .
The points of interest of this new Sea-Dweller wristband are this current: it’s 904L tempered steel (like the case) and made of strong connections along with a shape at the clasp. These are level brushed connections, no middle cleaning (as you’ll see on, say, the new Daytona). This arm band has an “Oysterlock” catch – Rolex’s expression for a crease over fasten, and something the Sea-Dweller has had since its origin. With respect to the actual wristband, it is about usefulness and comfort, however I will admit to some slight dissatisfaction in the wear of the arm band after a brief timeframe – I’ll get to that quickly. To start with, the we should discuss exceptional highlights of the wristband. Also, this is Rolex all things considered so you have not one but rather two shrewd little deceives to ensure this wristband works in any circumstance.
The Sea-Dweller highlights both the Glidelock and Fliplock augmentations frameworks for miniature and, indeed, full scale changes, respectively.
The first is a framework called Rolex Glidelock. This permits the wearer to change the arm band from the catch, at 2mm stretches, as far as possible up to 20mm. The subsequent framework, which is specific to Rolex jump watches, is known as a Fliplock connection, and this rapidly expands the entire length of the arm band by 27mm! Don’t exactly see how this functions? Dread not, we’ve made a gif for you.
Here you can see the Oyster arm band being broadened utilizing both the Glidelock and Fliplock frameworks. Both are exclusive to Rolex.
Both of these frameworks work similarly as you see above – without the utilization of a solitary device. The Fliplock augmentation connect is maybe somewhat unattractive with its enormous, level surface, yet in the event that you are attempting to put this watch on over a jump suit by any means, you probably don’t mind by any stretch of the imagination. This connection joins to the absolute last Oyster interface before the arm band hits the clasp.
Fliplock shut (when on land).
Fliplock open (when in jump suit).
These two frameworks make the Sea-Dweller arm band intense to contend with from a usefulness viewpoint. Furthermore, the Oysters are famously comfortable to wear around day by day. However, something I’ve seen on both my advanced Rolex watches (Daytona and GMT-Master) and now this Sea-Dweller, is that the Oysterlock fasten can feel somewhat metallic on occasion, and when open, can rub against the arm band links.
This Sea-Dweller is a press unit, however it hasn’t seen a lot of activity by any means. The brushing work on the fasten itself is amazing. See it simply looking cool and fresh and marvelous on my wrist.
Notice the splendid cleaning around the coronet and impeccable brushing to the remainder of the clasp.
But, when you turn the watch somewhat further to see the connection simply over the collapsing catch, you notice that there are a few scrapes that are, indeed, simply a touch of amazing. Presently this is nothing truly hostile, and metal-on-metal wear is basically unavoidable, yet at the same time, seeing these imprints on a shiny new Oyster wristband with minimal day by day wear was not something I anticipated.
Notice the little scrape marks from the Oysterlock flip fasten on the connection above. Barely a serious deal, yet at the same time a little surprising.
A few scrapes aside, the Rolex Oyster wristband is as yet the best damn arm band you can purchase – there are other “better” wristbands out there, no uncertainty, yet few can coordinate the comfort and quality seen here. At the point when you include these device less changes, you have something far better than previously. Additional verification that Rolex truly doesn’t leave adequate alone.
Now this is the least referenced however apparently most significant change to the Rolex Sea-Dweller for 2017. The type 3235 is Rolex’s best in class development, including 14 new licenses not seen on the 3135 utilized in the 2014 model year Sea-Dweller. The updates are recognizable and critical – that is, obviously, in the event that you really care about watchmaking. Honestly, most purchasers of the Sea-Dweller don’t, however I will cover the updates at any rate. The 3235 depends on a current type – 3255, which was presented in 2015 in the Rolex Day-Date 40. (The Day-Date is the leader model for Rolex and it gets the new hotness first, nearly without fail.)
This new type has parts to bring to the table – at the focal point of the headways is the Chronergy escapement, a smoothed out rendition of the customary Swiss switch escapement. The departure wheel is skeletonized to decrease inactivity, and Rolex claims it is undeniably more proficient along these lines. We additionally have components made of a nickel-phosphorus composite, which make the development essentially more impervious to magnetism than a conventional type, and obviously, we have the in-house Rolex Parachrom balance spring (likewise amagnetic). The outcome is a force hold of 70 hours (up from 40) and a development that is appraised to COSC norms as well as to “Standout Chronometer” guidelines of – 2/+2 seconds out of each day, or generally twice as exact as COSC. (The COSC likewise tests just developments while the Superlative Chronometer rating is for the whole watch). The Sea-Dweller is the absolute first games watch to get a type with these updates, and on the grounds that this is Rolex, there is totally zero way you’d know it by taking a gander at the watch since it’s completely taken cover behind an airtight fixed caseback. Stunning, isn’t it?
Again, most Sea-Dweller purchasers probably care little for hostile to magnetism, improved escapement calculation, and nickel-phosphorus amalgams, yet in case you’re purchasing a Rolex, you do think often about effectiveness and durability, and the type 3235 possesses a great deal of that. On the other hand, so does the Day-Date 40mm, which you can find out about here gratitude to my associate Jack Forster .
Other watches that could be viewed as competition for the new Sea-Dweller fall into two classifications for two totally different kinds of clients: the first is looks for those people who essentially need a major, cool, energetic jump watch from a significant brand. The second is for somebody who really will utilize the Sea-Dweller as it’s proposed, submerged (and in a decompression chamber) for incredible lengths of time.
In the principal class, there are many choices from significant brands. Think Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, Omega Seamaster 300, possibly something from JLC or AP, even. The rundown continues endlessly. These are generally incredible watches, however I would say not many have the changelessness of the Sea-Dweller. Of course, I would dare to say that is the actual allure of all Rolex watches – you simply realize that in 30 years, your Rolex will be similarly however cool as it might have been the day you got it. With the others, things come and go, however with Rolex, you’re getting tied up with an inheritance. What’s more, certain, that red line of text probably won’t keep going forever – same with the cyclops window or the 43mm case size – yet you know the Sea-Dweller will consistently be near, and that merits something to the sort of individual who is sufficiently wistful to accept that burning through huge number of dollars on a mechanical watch is a smart thought in any case.
The other (far, far more modest) set of potential clients, are individuals who are real expert immersion jumpers and need a specialized plunge watch as a reinforcement. For this group the competition comes from any semblance of the IWC Aquatimer 2000 and the Omega PloProf –both incredible watches from significant brands appraised to a similar profundity or much more profound than the Sea-Dweller. Once more, neither one of the feels like they have the perpetual quality of the Sea-Dweller, however they may be somewhat more astounding and retro, and splendid tones and elastic ties proliferate. A case could be made for quite a few Doxas , too, which have their own submerged history, and sometimes again are appraised to significantly more profound than the Sea-Dweller. However, as Captain Barth revealed to Jason Heaton in 2012 , “Most jumpers like to wear Rolex on the grounds that they seem(ed) to be somewhat sturdier than anything else.”
And that is simply it. The most serious competition for the new Rolex Sea-Dweller is from Rolex. It’s the active 40mm reference 116600 and the one millimeter bigger, however significantly more profound evaluated, Deepsea. It’s the Submariner! Rolex has a particularly solid contribution of jump watches it’s difficult to feel that on the off chance that somebody were somewhat killed by a component or two of the Sea-Dweller, that they wouldn’t simply go to another Rolex jumper with marginally various specs. I’ve even heard that there is a sudden spike in demand for the friendly 116600 on the grounds that individuals believe that will be a collectible – the last 40mm, cyclops-less Sea-Dweller. It’s conceivable, yet I likewise realize that the ebb and flow Sea-Dweller 126600 is additionally a hot watch right now, which is saying a great deal for an expert apparatus watch with moderately restricted commercial allure. Here’s a brisk guide on how the new Sea-Dweller piles facing its brethren.
“Superlative Chronometer” has been on Rolex Oyster watch dials for a long time; anyway in 2015, Rolex presented the Superlative Chronometer standard of ±2 seconds out of every day. In 2016 this was reached out to all Rolex watches.
Individual Thoughts On The New Sea-Dweller
When HODINKEE Managing Editor Stephen Pulvirent disclosed to me we’d get the new Sea-Dweller in for survey and inquired as to whether I needed to try it out, I was a little vacillating about the entire thing. Clearly I feel weak at the knees over old Rolexes, however the Sea-Dweller has never impacted me. Truth be told, I’ve possessed one of all other wells known Rolex at point or another (aside from the Milgauss) however never a Sea-Dweller. I’ve had my Subs, I actually have my first Sub (matte dial 5512 wassup!) which for me can’t be enhanced. But that is the thing that the Sea-Dweller looked to do from the earliest starting point. My originally thought was: I’m not a jumper, so why manage the additional metal on the wrist?
How do I feel in the wake of composing this in fact too tedious account on the new Sea-Dweller? Indeed, precisely the equivalent. This isn’t a watch for me. What’s more, I say that as somebody who has developed to cherish present day Rolex as much as vintage – and truth be told the following watch I purchase may indeed be another cutting edge Rolex (except if I at long last get that #SpeedyTuesday call I’ve been sitting tight for). Be that as it may, it will not be the Sea-Dweller.
Now like never before I realize that the Sea-Dweller is simply too enormous for me. 43mm isn’t the issue, and truth be told I end up reasoning that much as the Datograph improved when it upsized to the Up/Down, on the grounds that the thickness was offset by the expanded distance across, this watch may even work preferable as a 43mm over it did as a 40mm watch. It doesn’t feel so hockey-puck-ish any more.
In truth, I developed to approve of the watch on my little girly-man wrist, which as a general rule is decorated with lightweight 38mm cases and empty connection wristbands. However, here’s the place where I contrast from the Rolex promotion above from 1964. It peruses: “Professor Picard clipped the Submariner to the outside of his Bathyscaph and brought it seven miles down to the sea floor… what is it doing at the meeting table?” To me, this watch doesn’t have a place at the gathering table. It has a place on the wrists of individuals like Professor Picard, or Scott Carpenter, or Bob Barth. Or on the other hand heck, perhaps our own Jason Heaton (AKA the lone plunge watch commentator who really dives). But not on me – it’s over the top excess on me. A Submariner with a coat and tie is a certain something – the damn watch is essential for our social DNA now – yet the Sea-Dweller is actually an instrument. It’s a fabricated thing to fill an exceptionally unmistakable need during a specific piece of our set of experiences that was purposeful.
I generally approve of others wearing Sea-Dwellers day by day (clearly) and I can disclose to you that should I at any point be tapped to partake in SeaLab IX, it’ll be the main thing I purchase. Yet, up to that point, the Sea-Dweller will stay in my eyes exactly how I portrayed it in the earliest reference point of this story: mentally one of Rolex’s more significant items, however commercially one of its least. It’s a genuine instrument watch obliging genuine jump experts – which I am not.
The new Rolex 126600 is in stores now and you can peruse more about it here .