Ten years after Rolex presented the Deepsea Challenge prototype, the prestigious Swiss watch brand today introduces us to the commercial version of the Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea Challenge.
Introduced in 2012 as a stainless steel prototype for filmmaker and explorer James Cameron to perform a 10,908m descent into the deepest part of the sea, designated the Mariana Trench and located in the western Pacific Ocean.
The commercial version of the Deepsea Challenge, which features a Grade 5 Titanium case and bracelet, the so-called RLX Titanium by Rolex, is an absolute first for the brand in this type of material, resulting in a 30% reduction in the total weight of the stainless steel version including the bracelet.
The new dive watch is impressive for its capabilities but also for its large dimensions that are inevitably connected, featuring a case measuring 50mm in diameter by 23mm in thickness, with almost half of its height due to the 9.5mm of the sapphire crystal, which combined with the Helium Escape Valve and the Ringlock System, resulting in an astounding 11,000m or 36,090ft of water resistance, tested in ultra-high-pressure tank developed by Rolex and COMEX.
The black dial of the new Sea-Dweller features the usually applied hour markers and Mercedes hands with Chromalight luminous material and for the first time without a date window.
The solid case back comes with the recordings that are at its origin, such as “Mariana Trench” and the two dates of “23-01-1960” and “26-03-2012”, which refer to the historic dives carried out in that place by Jacques Piccard and James Cameron respectively.
Inside is the new In-house Caliber 3230 which is Chronometer Certified and features Chronergy Escapement, Parachrom Hairspring, Paraflex Shock Absorbers and offers up to 70 hours of power reserve, resulting in an amazing accuracy of -2/+2 seconds per day.
As already mentioned, the Deepsea Challenge comes with a Grade 5 Titanium bracelet, that is equipped with extension systems – Rolex Glidelock and the Fliplock extension link – which allows it to be worn over a diving suit up to 7mm thick.
The watch becomes part of the regular Rolex collection whose availability should be highly conditioned and at the price of €26,400.
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Model: Sea-Dweller Deepsea Challenge
Case Material: RLX titanium
Case Dimensions: 50 mm Diameter, 23 mm thickness
Crystal: Sapphire Glass
Case Back: RLX titanium
Water Resistance: 11,000 Meters
Strap: RLX titanium bracelet with Glidelock and the Fliplock
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Frequency: 28,800 Vph
Power Reserve: 70 Hours
Price: € 26,400
Limited Edition: No