If onlookers thought the 44mm case size was unique in the Yacht-Master II, Rolex surprised us again with the Deepsea in its second year. Rolex is already a master of high-end divers with the Submariner and the Sea-Disc, but the giant Deepsea saturation dive watch takes everything to a whole new level.
The Rolex Deepsea Diver can withstand pressures up to 12,800 feet (3,900 meters) below sea level, and its capabilities are primarily related to the Ringlock construction of the 44mm case. The ring lock consists of three main components: a titanium case back held in place by a steel screw-in ring, a 5.5mm thick arched sapphire crystal (no cyclops on the date), and a clip nitrogen alloy steel ring between the base cap and the crystal. There is also a helium vent to release any built-up gas in the luxury watches replica, a black Cerachrom unidirectional 0-60 chronograph bezel, and a sturdy Oyster strap with a Glidelock buckle extension system.
The first Deepsea Sea-Dweller included Rolex’s usual black sports dial with Mercedes hands and luminescent-filled hour markers. However, Rolex introduced a particular D-Blue dial variant in 2014 as a tribute to James Cameron’s record-breaking dive in the depths of the Marianas Trench. Since then, Rolex has offered the Deepsea collection in black and D-Blue dial versions.
Since its debut in 2008, Rolex has produced three generations of the Deepsea, each with a 44 mm case, all in 904L stainless steel.
For the 2022 edition of the replica watch show, Rolex has introduced a new Deepsea collection with subtle updates. However, as it has been said countless times before, Rolex is all about obsessing over minor details. The new Deepsea Sea-Dweller ref. 136660 includes a slightly slimmer bezel, which means that the sapphire crystal now has beveled edges to accommodate the lower bezel height. In addition, the date window is slightly larger (8%), and Rolex has eliminated the extra Fliplock clasp extension.