And when I say adventure I really mean it. Rolex don’t make their watches to be fashionable, they make them to be functional first of all. So the purpose of this watch is to allow you to be precise in any adventurous challenge you set yourself, even if it’s one at 3,900m under the level of the sea. Just ask James Cameron, who’s Rolex was his only companion on his trip to the bottom of the Pacific. That’s not to say that the Rolex Deepsea doesn’t look good on your wrist when you work in an office or only use it to keep track of time while traveling, but it’s comforting to know that your watch can withstand extreme conditions and will probably last more than anything else in your closet.
Its practicality is undisputed, in that you can see its robust and resistant construction while the Glidelock system lets you easily adjust the length of the strap even while wearing thick gloves and a diving suit. But more than that, this a real diver’s watch, with Rolex’s engineers devising a Ringlock System that successfully keeps the case rigid while being submitted to increasing external pressures. Theoretically, the 5mm thick domed sapphire crystal can withstand the equivalent of three tonnes, allowing it to dive a hundred times deeper than any human can physically manage, so I wouldn’t advise testing its limits.
The designers tried to keep its size down so the 44mm stainless steel case looks elegant on any wrist. The blue luminescent material on the Chromalight display can last up to eight hours so you will probably get tired long before losing track of time. The attention to detail is striking, Rolex engineers taking into account the helium in the decompression room that every diver needs to stay in after a deep saturation dive. This substance reaches every cell in the room, even inside the watch and could force the crystal out of its case, so the watch has installed a gas escape valve, activated at low pressures, for such situations.
If you like your watches to have not only looks and function but also a story, this watch is a tribute to the original Rolex Deep Sea Special, an experimental watch from 1960 that travelled to a depth of 10,916 meters, reaching the deepest points in the world’s oceans, the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench. The watch was attached to the outside of the boat and its safe return unofficially crowned Rolex as pioneers and leaders in the field of waterproof wristwatches.
More recently, Rolex supported the Deepsea Under the Pole expedition with the purpose of gathering scientific data and photographing exceptional scenery from the North Pole, not only at the surface of the ice but also by performing more than 50 dives under freezing waters. It’s just another proof that Rolex promotes exceptional performance and adventurous spirit not only with its products but also in the people they create for. If you want a piece of the history, the new Rolex Deepsea is a worthy record-breaking legacy.