Rolex is introducing the latest generation of its Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller, a legend among professional divers’ watches created 50 years ago in 1967.
The new Sea-Dweller watch (reference 126600-0001) features a larger, 43 mm diameter case and the new self-winding calibre 3235, employed for the first time in a Rolex Professional category watch.
To enhance the reading of the date, it is equipped, also for the first time, with a Cyclops lens on the crystal at 3 o’clock. The dial bears the name Sea-Dweller in red, a reference to the first model. Like all Rolex watches, the new Sea-Dweller carries the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015 to ensure singular performance on the wrist.
A technical divers’ watch, waterproof today to a depth of 1,220 metres (4,000 feet), the Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller was originally designed for the pioneers of professional deep-sea diving.
It is equipped with one of the inventions that contributed to its stature: the helium escape valve, patented by Rolex in 1967. While preserving the waterproofness of the watch, this ingenious safety valve regulates the pressure accumulated in the case during the decompression phases of deep-water saturation dives.
The 60-minute graduated, unidirectional rotatable bezel of the new Rolex Sea-Dweller 50th anniversary watch (reference 126600-0001) enables divers to precisely and safely monitor their dive and decompression times. It is equipped with a patented black Cerachrom bezel insert whose colour is unaffected by ultraviolet rays.
The graduation is coated via PVD with a thin layer of platinum. The sleek black dial features large Chromalight hour markers and hands, filled with luminescent material that emits a long-lasting blue glow for excellent legibility in dark conditions.
The Sea-Dweller’s Oyster case, guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 1,220 metres (4,000 feet). Its characteristically shaped middle case is crafted from a solid block of particularly corrosion resistant 904L steel. Its ﬂuted case back is hermetically screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement.
The winding crown is protected by a crown guard that is an integral part of the middle case. Fitted with the Triplock triple waterproofness system, the crown screws down securely against the case, providing watertight security akin to a submarine’s hatch. The sapphire crystal glass is provided with a Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock for easy reading of the date.
The Rolex Sea-Dweller 50th Anniversary watch is equipped with calibre 3235, a new-generation movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex.
With 14 patents, this self-winding mechanical calibre offers fundamental gains in terms of precision, power reserve, resistance to shocks and magnetic fields, convenience and reliability. It incorporates the new Chronergy escapement patented by Rolex, which combines high energy efficiency with great dependability. Made of nickel-phosphorus, it is also insensitive to magnetic interference.
An optimized blue Parachrom hairspring is fitted to the oscillator, the true heart of the watch. Patented and manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive paramagnetic alloy, it is up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks. A Rolex overcoil ensures its regularity in any position. Calibre 3235 is equipped with a self-winding module via a Perpetual rotor. Thanks to its new barrel architecture and the escapement’s superior efficiency, the power reserve of calibre 3235 extends to approximately 70 hours.
The new Sea-Dweller’s solid-link Oyster bracelet in 904L steel is fitted with an Oysterlock safety clasp that prevents accidental opening.
A double extension system allows adjustments to be made without the use of tools, so that the watch can be worn comfortably over a diving suit up to 7 mm thick. The Fliplock extension link extends the bracelet by 26 mm, while the Rolex Glidelock system allows fine adjustment of the bracelet length in 2 mm increments for a total of approximately 20 mm.
Like all Rolex watches, the Sea-Dweller is covered by the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015. The Superlative Chronometer status is symbolized by the green seal that comes with every Rolex watch and is coupled with an international five-year guarantee.
This new model is the replacement of the Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 (reference 116600) series.
Model: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller 43mm (reference 126600-0001)
Case ref. 126600 | Bracelet ref. 97220
Type: Oyster (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown)
Diameter: 43 mm
Material: 904L steel, satin and polished finish
Safety: Helium escape valve
Bezel: Unidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated, with Cerachrom insert in black ceramic, engraved numerals and graduations coated with platinum via magnetron sputtering
Case back: Screw-down with Rolex ﬂuting
Winding crown: Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system
Crown guard: Integral part of the middle case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire; Cyclops lens over the date with double anti-reflective coating
Waterproofness: 1,220 metres (4,000 feet)
Calibre 3235, Manufacture Rolex
Mechanical movement with bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Precision: −2/+2 sec/day, after casing
Oscillator Frequency: 28,800 beats/hour (4 Hz)
Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
Large balance wheel with variable inertia
High-precision regulating via four gold Microstella nuts
Traversing balance bridge
High-performance Paraﬂex shock absorbers
Escapement: Chronergy with optimized energy efficiency; Paramagnetic nickel-phosphorus pallet fork and escape wheel
Jewelling: 31 rubies
Power reserve: Approximately 70 hours
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands
Instantaneous date at 3 o’clock with rapid-setting
Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Colour: Black, gloss finish
Hour markers: Highly legible Chromalight appliqués (long-lasting luminescence) in 18 ct white gold
Hands: 18 ct white gold, Chromalight
Type: Oyster, three-piece solid links
Material: 904L steel, satin finish, polished edges
Clasp: Oysterlock folding safety clasp
Rolex Glidelock extension system (20 mm in increments of 2 mm)
Fliplock extension link (26 mm)