Diving into the deep with Rolex

Rolex deepsea diving watches review

Seeing as I am currently exploring the Great Barrier Reef, I thought it would be the perfect chance to look at an amazing diving watch. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Deepsea watch not only meets the needs of professional deep-sea divers, but also looks stunning on the wrist. 


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.

Rolex Deepsea Special watch

The Rolex Deepsea 116660

Today, we love the ultra-resistant divers’ model engineered by Rolex, the Deepsea ref.116660. It is waterproof to a depth of 2,800 feet (3,900 meters) and is the result of decades of collaboration with diving professionals.


The Rolex Deepsea ref.116660 is 44mm in a 904l steel case. Its key feature is the Ringlock System, constructed to withstand enormous pressure, without the case needing to be very large. The Helium Escape Valve on the Deepsea also provides professional divers with the mechanism that opens when the difference in pressure between the inside and outside of the watch reaches 3 to 5 bars. 

Without doubt it has remarkable engineering, however perhaps the Rolex Deepsea may be too large for some to wear on land. We do have many diving watches available at Armour Winston, for use underwater or for wearing everyday. You can check these out here