Rolex SA is a Swiss watch company that was started by the British and is based in Geneva, Switzerland. Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis started the company in London, England, in 1905 as Wilsdorf and Davis. In 1908, they registered the word “Rolex” as the brand name for their watches, and in 1915, the company changed its name to Rolex Watch Co. Ltd.
At Basel World 2017, the Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600 was shown for the first time. It has a 43mm case (“Oyster”), “Chromalight” in a black dial with and a ceramic bezel, on the hands and markers.
The current Sea-Dweller is 43mm wide and comes in two styles: one with a traditional steel case and the other with a yellow gold case and two-tone steel. The red “Sea-Dweller” text on the dial is a nod to the first models for watch collectors. It also goes against 50 years of tradition by having a magnifying glass (called a “cyclops”) over the date window. This is a controversial feature on any watch, but especially on a Rolex icon.
If the NGG Timepieces is like a Sub with more power, then the Deepsea is like a Sea-Dweller with more power. It is now 44mm thick, and it can handle water up to 3,900m deep. It has Chromalight as its lume, a ceramic bezel, and a 5mm sapphire crystal. The name of this watch comes from the Deep Sea Special watch that Rolex made as an experiment in 1960. It shows how the Sea-Dweller has grown to include both standard Sea-Dwellers and Deepsea models.
Today, four different versions of the NGG Timepieces can be found. Two of them are Deepsea models, and from reference 116660 to 2022, they got only small changes. The first one has a black dial, and the second one, which came out in the year 2014, has a gradient blue dial to honor James Cameron’s 2012 mission to the Mariana Trench in a submersible ship called the Challenger Deepsea. Rolex made a prototype Deepsea watch that was attached to the robotic arm outside the ship to show that it could handle water. That watch was a massively 28.5mm thick and 51.4mm and, but it was made 10,908m.
The Rolex Sea-Dweller Single Red Ref 126600 is an amazing mechanical dive watch. Even though it’s waterproof up to 1,220 meters (4,000 feet), it’s still stylish enough to wear every day. There aren’t many dive watches of this quality that you can wear to the office with a suit. And a suit to wear in the water.