In the 1960's, an industrial deep-sea diving company approached Rolex requesting a dive watch that could function deeper under water for a longer period of time. Rolex took the Submariner 5513 model and added a one-way escape valve to relieve pressure. The Rolex Double Red Sea Dweller was produced for approximately 10 yrs from 1967 to 1977, and is an extremely popular collectors watch. We unfortunately do not have one available in the shop, but we do have a stunning Rolex ref.126600 anniversary Sea-Dweller 4000!
Rolex Deep Dive Sea Watches Today
Today Rolex has developed Deep Sea watches which are still particularly desirable for underwater explorers. The new Sea-Dweller has a dial which bears the name Sea-Dweller in red, is a reference to the first model.
This latest Rolex Sea Dweller ref. 126600 is waterproof to 1,220 metres / 4,000 feet. It is a larger 43mm size and has the Cyclops over the date (unlike previous models). Being a 43mm diameter meant the caliber 3235 has a larger barrel compared to the previous 3135 version. This alteration enables a 70 hour power reserve. It certainly is a stunning watch, however the history of the Double Red Sea-Dweller shows an important part of Rolex heritage.
Rolex Double Red Sea Dweller
The Rolex Double Red Sea Dweller has become particularly iconic in the watch world. This vintage looking watch isn’t that difficult to find, however it can be more tricky to buy one in perfect condition. This is probably due to the fact it is a great timepiece to wear everyday. The two lines of red makes the dial stand out and it is particularly durable! It doesn't matter if you are a diver or not, the allure of the vintage looking domed crystal makes it a 'must have' for any vintage watch collector.