A closer look at the Rolex Sea-Dweller

rolex sea dweller dive watch

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 sea diver

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.



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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.

rolex deep sea d-blue watch


The Sea-Dweller is perhaps not the most popular Rolex watch. However, the fact that it is still around shows that Rolex have continued to produce a durable watch for people who love diving! 

In 2008, the Deepsea took the Sea-Dweller to another level!  With a water resistance of 12,800 feet / 3,990 meters, this was certainly some amazing engineering.  A special edition was announced in 2014 to commemorate James Cameron's 2012 expedition into the Mariana Trench. The D-Blue dial has a stunning gradient blue dial and extremely sought after!  The innovative Chromalight display on the dial enables visibility in dark environments, and the unique two-tone ‘maxi’ dial certainly makes an impression! 

We have a Rolex D-Blue Deep Sea watch available to buy secondhand and it's in fantastic original condition.