Rolex has introduced a new Sea-Dweller – now in a 43mm case with a cyclops.
The Sea-Dweller was launched 60 years ago as a professional diver, waterproof to a depth of 610 meters – more than triple what the Submariner guaranteed at the time. The feat was achieved thanks to a bulkier case and the introduction of a helium escape valve that helped regulate the pressure accumulated in the case. It was the best diving watch you could get, and it’s the watch COMEX turned to because the crystal from the Submariner would pop off during very deep diving missions.
The new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller.
Therefore, the utilitarian function of the Sea-Dweller was its raison d’etre from the start. And aesthetically it offered something different from any other Sub, a well-integrated date window without the magnified bubble found on other Rolex like the Datejust and the Submariner Date, and heftier proportions.
For the 50th anniversary, Rolex has introduced a new Sea-Dweller, and this one’s a bit different than any seen before.
The new Sea-Dweller comes in a 43mm steel case, making it the largest non-Deep Sea model, going all the way back to 1967. It’s worth noting that from 2009 to 2014 there was no Sea-Dweller, until the introduction of the Sea-Dweller 4,000. The uni-directional bezel on the new model is black Cerachrom, and the graduation is coated with a thin layer of platinum. The hour markers and hands are filled with blue Chromalight lume material too. Kind of useful at depth, right?
The helium escape valve opposite the crown.
The big story here is the addition of a magnifying glass, aka the Cyclops, above the date. This feature is of course common with the Submariner, and the absence of the Cyclops was one of the main features of the Sea-Dweller. Adding it will surely be viewed as a strange move by purists, but it should breathe new life in the Sea-Dweller whose popularity has been waning in comparison to Rolex’s other models.
The hour markers and hands are filled with blue luminescent material.
A really nice touch is the return of the red Sea-Dweller name on the dial, a nod the original models from the 60s. This is something vintage fans have wanted for years, and now we’re finally getting it. Inside, the Sea-Dweller now features the relatively new calibre 3235, an automatic movement with a 70-hour power reserve. This is the first time Rolex uses it in one of its sports watches.
The watch is waterproof to a depth of 1,220 meters (4,000 feet), and is fitted on a 904L steel Oyster bracelet with an Oysterlock safety clasp to prevent accidental opening.
The Sea-Dweller Ref. 126600 will retail for $11,350.
For more information, visit Rolex online.