Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller 126660 ‘Black Dial’ Watch Hands-On

Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller 126660 ‘Black Dial’ Watch Hands-On

At Baselworld 2018 Rolex appeared a refreshed variant of the famed  Deepsea Sea-Dweller watch . aBlogtoWatch went active with the D-Blue (otherwise known as “James Cameron”) form of the reference 126660 Deepsea watch here . Today, I give my own interpretation of the new Rolex Deepsea 126660 and take a gander at the other dial form which is the conventional dark face for the Deepsea. Does an alternate dial tone for a jump watch merit its own conversation? At the point when it is a Rolex, maybe the appropriate response is yes. It additionally offers me a chance to examine my own emotions about Rolex’s biggest, and “most professional” jump watch.

The conventional dark dial for the 126660 Deepsea isn’t indistinguishable from the D (blue to dark slope dial) regarding text. The essential distinction (notwithstanding colors) is the situation and size of “Deepsea.” On the D-Blue 126660 the word is put directly above “Sea-Dweller” under where the hands interface. On the dark dial, “Deepsea” is more modest and set simply over where the hands associate under “Oyster Perpetual Date.” I end up inclining toward the dark dial myself, as a feature of that is the situation of the content. Indeed, we aren’t in any event, discussing the usefulness, development, or comfort of the watch, but instead, where a little term is set on the dial. Welcome to being a watch nerd.


All pictures by Ariel Adams

Speaking of text, Rolex appeared to need the new for 2018 reference 126660 to seem to be like the active 116660, so it kept one of the first Deepsea’s most dubious highlights. That is a silver rehaut ring around the dial which contains two expressions being “Original Gas Escape Valve” (alluding to the programmed helium discharge valve) and “Ring Lock System,” which alludes to how the case is built to guarantee such undeniable degrees of water opposition. The silver ring itself is very of the Ring Lock and is a “high-execution nitrogen-alloyed hardened steel ring.” Honestly, when you wear the watch you rapidly fail to remember that it is there, yet in truth Rolex didn’t need to remind the wearer at each look of the dial that the watch contains these parts/frameworks. I’m normally not one to complain about an excess of text, but rather I don’t know the content on the Ring Lock should have been there. In any case, it isn’t that huge of an arrangement in a generally awesome package.

The greater part of individuals who wear a Deepsea won’t take it underwater –let alone to very nearly 13,000 feet. The Rolex Deepsea has 3,900m of water opposition on account of a genuine submarine-like case development. Rolex has made watches that can go deeper –however it scarcely matters except if you end up in a scaled down, wearable submariner pissing challenge. The explanation individuals will in general wear a Rolex Deepsea (other than the way that it is a truly cool machine) is the size. At 44mm wide and practically twofold the thickness of the Submariner, the Deepsea is a monster on the wrist –however one that fans love.

The Ring Lock System case is important for the explanation it can withstand such huge pressing factors. The sapphire gem alone is 5.5mm thick and the caseback is created from grade five titanium. For 2018 Rolex will at this point don’t actually be utilizing the “904L steel” assignment to allude to the steel they use. They are as yet utilizing 904L steel for their watches, however they just won’t consider it that. Rolex has presented “Oystersteel” as the favored term, which makes their exceptional 904L amalgam mix extraordinary to them.


It is genuine that Rolex has their own specific composite mixes made for them constantly. It is additionally obvious that as of not long ago, actually no other watch brand utilized 904L treated steel. 904L is harder to machine, shines up better, and has some erosion opposition properties that make for a decent jumping watch.

Last year in 2017 Rolex presented the refreshed Sea-Dweller 126600 out of a 43mm wide case additionally in steel . Like the brief Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 116600 (2014-2017) , the more up to date Sea-Dweller now needs to battle for its entitlement to exist. I additionally need to disclose to myself why I like the 40mm wide Submariner . I consider part it is on the grounds that the Submariner has such astounding extents and the Sea-Dweller 43mm basically attempts to explode it and add a scramble of red. I assume there is a business opportunity for that, yet my wrist isn’t part of that swarm. I think any individual who can appropriately pull off the Sea-Dweller 126600 watch ought to positively do so.

Even however there are more normal components between the Submariner and the Deepsea than I have the persistence to rattle off, these don’t wear like a similar watch. Truly, they are both customary style Rolex diver’s watches. They additionally wear distinctively and for 2018 the Deepsea 126660 at last wears as comfortably (scaled up) as a Submariner and doesn’t outwardly experience the ill effects of a modest arm band. For me the greatest improvement with the 2018 Deepsea is the better proportioned case with coordinating wristband. The watch offers practically the same old thing (refreshed development), aside from a similar Deepsea watch wearing experience, just better.

Rolex utilizes its as of late appeared in-house “Superlative Chronometer” guaranteed type 3235 programmed development within the Deepsea. This in addition to/less 2 seconds precision each day development works at 4Hz (28,800 bph) with three days of force save. This is a similar development right now within the Rolex Datejust 41 . The development includes the time and date, with a window at 3 o’clock.

The programmed helium discharge valve is a component Rolex initially imagined in the last part of the 1960s for genuine expert jumpers who didn’t need their watch to break when helium endeavored to escape from it while the jumper was investing energy in a decompression chamber. This is a very specialty reason by today’s guidelines and a great many people concur that watch brands who keep on actualizing these highlights do so simply because it is one more specialized story to tell about the watch. Regardless, the programmed helium discharge valve is on the left-half of the case and obviously, you get that convenient content on the Ring Lock reminding you about it.

Rolex’s most wild deployant catch comes with Glidelock, which is on the Deepsea wristband. Notwithstanding the Fliplock expansion interface, the deployant offers a long travel of opening and shutting on account of Glidelock. It is not quite the same as the framework on the Submariner, and includes pulling the deployant open like a switch and moving teeth along a little rail. It’s cool and offers an extraordinary degree of wearing comfort –just as extension room on the off chance that you need to wear the watch over a coat or wetsuit.

Rolex obviously changed the dial of the Deepsea positively with better measured components and in general more flawlessness. On the off chance that you like the possibility of a nearly (however not) comically-sized, yet very tasteful games watch, the Deepsea is difficult to beat. Also, those white gold hands (which are on all Rolex plunge watches), consistently look incredible and offer brilliant intelligibility. As I said from the beginning, Rolex didn’t rethink anything other than basically made an exemplary watch a stunningly better purchase. I don’t think the cost went up by the same token. Cost for the D-Blue form of the 126660 is $300 more than the dark dial, which is basically nothing in the plan of these costs. I will, nonetheless, say that I think for me the most immortal rendition is the dark dial. Cost for the Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller 126660 with the dark dial is $12,250 USD. rolex.com