Rolex’s dynasty of extraordinary watches is vast and its domination of the Swiss Haute Horlogerie is crystal clear. Over the years Rolex has created sheer marvels of mechanics and craftsmanship. This is especially true when it comes to the divers’ watches segment. The brand basically started its journey to achieve an undisputed status through a dive watch, the Oyster. So it seems pretty natural that Rolex claim this domain as its natural habitat. This blog intend to explore the world of Rolex dive watches. It also aims at providing you a better picture of the watchmaker’s aptitude and adeptness in the field of dive watches. Without a further ado, let us begin.
When we talk about the Rolex Oyster, we are actually talking about a time in history that changed the course of the future for everybody in the watchmaking industry. The invention of the Oyster changed the game altogether. It raised the stakes and set an all-new benchmark to compete against.
The Oyster was the first true breakthrough from the house of Rolex and you know what they say, “you always remember your first.” Similarly, Rolex owes a lot to this particular invention. The Oyster acted as a catalyst and started a chain of events that gave the world some gems such as the Submariner and the Sea-Dweller.
The Oysterlock technology, the breakthrough innovation that made it possible for the Oyster to exist was popularised by Mercedes Gleitze who crossed the English Channel while wearing the watch. After 10 hours, which was the duration of the swim (yikes!), the watch was in perfect condition, and hence began the era of waterproof watches.
The Submariner is a legend among dive watches. It is an icon that stands for astute quality and top-class performance. When the Submariner was launched it was the only watch to offer a 100-meter water resistance. Today, it might not be the most water-resistant watch, but what it is, is a symbol for progression and advancement. The timepiece exhibits all the qualities of an excellent luxury tool watch.
The watch was launched in 1953 along with the Explorer. This was an era where dive watches were still not a thing. So one has to imagine the awe and amazement that would have struck when people came across a watch that could go as deep as 100 meters. Such a feat was never heard of before.
The original Submariner was a rugged yet elegant timepiece that in a way was one of the earliest representation of the brand’s trajectory in the future. It was classy, functional, and quite simply flawless.
Rolex launched the Sea-Dweller watch in 1967. The timepiece yet again created history with an astounding water resistance of 610 meters. The watch was the first in the world to do so. Rolex carefully added a helium escape valve that allowed the pressure difference under and above water to be nullified.
The timepiece was another great display of Rolex’s might and grit in the field of high-end and intricate horology. By this time it was absolutely clear that this watchmaker would be dominating the 20th century as far as the art of watchmaking was concerned.
In 1978, the Sea-Dweller received an upgrade, a watch that could go as deep as 1,220 meters or roughly 4,000 feet. This was the Sea-Dweller 4000.
In 2008, Rolex launched what would seem to be the greatest invention in the field of dive watches, the Sea-Dweller Deepsea. The watch could go as deep as 3,900 meters or roughly 12,800 feet. This mean feat was achieved with the help of Rolex’s gas escape valve technology.
Rolex Deepsea Challenge
The Oyster Perpetual Deepsea Challenge is a masterstroke by the Swiss Haute Horlogerie maestro. The watch was a spectacle and there was no doubt that it was one of a kind. The watch was guaranteed waterproof up to 12,000 meters or about 39,370 feet. This was, of course, not a watch that you would wear just anywhere. This is not a watch you would take with you to a meeting or a party. This is simply one of those examples where a watchmaker displays its prowess in terms of skills and knowledge.
The Deepsea Challenge definitely did the trick and forever proved Rolex’s genius when it came to making quality watches.