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.
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?
I believe that new Rolex is now conscious of creating significant differences between Submariner and Sea-Dweller, Rolex chose to make the latter bigger. The new Rolex Sea makes the 126600 whole watch all growing: the watch diameter is 43mm larger, of course the larger bracelet (22mm instead of 20mm), the larger bezel, the larger time scale, the larger needle, Larger buckle. As a result, Rolex diving watches are now in different sizes: Submariner for 40mm, Sea-Dweller for 43mm, DeepSea Deep Sea for 44mm.
The most attractive is the single red line on the dial, reminiscent of retro watches. The first generation of Sea-Dweller face plate with red SEA-DWELLER and SUBMARINER 2000 words, possession of nickname “double red”. But the last few decades Sea-Dweller dial on the text has been white (during which there are very rare single red watch). Now 126600 red font is clearly tribute to the first generation Ref.1665 fifty years ago.