Inspired by Blue Planet II: Rolex Deepsea

Blue Planet II BBC Worldwide

We have been anticipating the new BBC series, Blue Planet II and have been absolutely amazed so far! The incredible scenes of the most astonishing creatures in our oceans has us hooked each Sunday evening. In turn it has inspired us to take a closer look at a watch dedicated to diving in to the deep. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Deepsea watch meets the needs of professional deep-sea divers, allowing them to explore the underwater world. It also looks stunning on the wrist…


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Rolex and underwater 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.

 It was in the 1950’s that 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.

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Rolex ref.116660 D-Blue Deepsea

If you fancy wearing this incredible watch whilst on a diving adventure (or on dry land), we have the perfect one in store now. This 2014 Rolex ref.116660 D-Blue Deepsea ‘James Cemeron” watch is highly sought after. The dial celebrates one man's journey to the deepest place, commemorating James Cameron's historic solo dive. The innovative Chromalight display on the dial enables visibility in dark environments, and the unique two-tone ‘maxi’ dial certainly makes an impression!

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