Available to Silver Tier Members of The Collectors Club, this stunning example of the Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller is the result of decades of collaboration between Rolex and diving professionals.
Debuting in 2008, this stylish Deepsea Sea-Dweller is the latest addition to a long line of Rolex diving models, tracing back to the original 1967 Sea-Dweller, which could withstand depths of up to 610m – quite a feat at the time. A number of other diving models followed the 1967 Sea-Dweller, most notably the Ref. 16600, which had improved depth-resistance of up to 1,200m, before this example of Ref. 1166600 was produced in 2008.
Water-resistant up to 3,900m, our example of the Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller was a real record-breaker when it was released nearly 10 years ago. This high-pressure feat has been achieved by combining a number of special features, including the watch’s thick convex sapphire glass (thicker than the crystals used for other Oyster models), inner ring, titanium case-back and helium escape valve.
The Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller’s features an otherwise unusual matte, black face, with two taglines on the inner-ring, “Original Gas Escape Valve” and “Ring Lock System” that add to the watch’s technical character. As the keen-eyed will notice, the hands on the Deepsea Sea-Dweller are wider than those you might see on a Submariner, tipped in Rolex’s patent Chromalite, they give off a strong blue hue in darkness. The ceramic 120-click deep black bezel is highly polished and has a very satisfying smooth action thanks to the ceramic ball-bearings that carry it. The brand-first helium escape valve had been added to aid divers who use a helium-saturated atmosphere when diving to escape air toxicity – we’re not sure how many of our Collectors Club Members will need to use this feature… The watch’s titanium-backed, 44mm steel case houses a 3135 movement, with added anti-magnetic and shock-absorbing features allowing for fast and accurate time-setting. Last but not least, our example of the Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller features a Rolex Rubber B, Guidelock Edition strap, with ‘STRENGTH INFUSION TECHNOLOGY’, engineered to provide upgraded support against friction, weight and frequent micro-adjustments that you might make daily to your Guidelock Clasp. Rubber straps are featuring more on more on Rolex Sports models, offering a classic look with modern furnishings, so be ‘on-trend’ and book this example.
All in all, The Collectors Club’s Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller combines function and beauty in great quantities and would be a fantastic addition to any wrist – not only divers. But you don’t have to listen to us – try it yourself when you become a Member of The Collectors Club!