Rolex's history of deepsea diving watches
Rolex has a great history with pioneering watches, but in the early 1950s Rolex developed professional watches that served as tools and whose functions went far beyond simply telling the time. These watches were intended for professional activities, such as deep-sea diving, aviation, mountain climbing and scientific exploration. The Rolex Submariner was launched in 1953, and was the first divers’ watch waterproof to a depth of 100 metres. It’s rotatable bezel allows divers to read their immersion time.
The Rolex Deepsea Special
In the 1950’s, the Rolex Deep Sea Special was designed to withstand the most extreme conditions, and in 1960 it emerged in perfect working order after the deepest dive of 10,916 metres (37,800 feet). In 1967 the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller met the needs of professional deep-sea divers. The case was equipped with a helium escape valve so that, during long decompression phases in hyperbaric chambers, the helium from the gas mixtures used could be released without risking damage to the watch. Since then Rolex have continued to improve and relaunch their diving watches.