Rolex is one of the most popular brands in the Basel watch show every year. Rolex launched flagship model of Sea-Dweller in 2017. Why can Rolex Sea-Dweller get the favor of Rolex, and win the dominant status? Maybe you can find the answer from the evolution of the watch, so let’s take a look at what has happened to Sea-Dweller.
Rolex and France Comex cooperated in the 1960s, launching Sea-Dweller series. Since it is used in the deep sea diving, Rolex added new patent of “vent” at the side of the watchcase based on Submariner series of Ref. 5513. This is the Ref. 5514, dedicated to Comex.
After Sea-Dweller is further upgraded, its waterproof is up to 500 meters, with a line of red words marked Submariner on Sea-Dweller on the watch plate, which is called Single Red. At this time, Sea-Dweller still belonged to Submariner. You mustn’t look down upon this kind of change. In fact, for Rolex that is a conservative watch brand, even slight change can cause great impact to the market; the ceramic ring Daytona and Submariner 116610-LV-97200 green-plate watch are the best examples.
In 1976, Sea-Dweller was formally born. This year, after the actual test, Rolex launched the Ref. 1665, with two lines of red words marking Sea-Dweller and Submariner, known as “Double Red”.
But the experimental version with “Single Red” is very rare, it is said that there are no more than 10. In the watch auction in 2012, the price of “Single Red ” was more than 460,000 dollars. I don’t know how many times it is as much as “Double Red”. It is obvious that “Single Red” has more collection value than “Double Red”, with higher mood and style.
The year of 1977 is the key year for the Sea-Dweller to independently become a series. To some extent, it is out of the Submariner series. The new Ref. 1655 is marked with white font marked “Sea- Dweller”, cancelling “Sea- Dweller” and “Submariner” in red font marked on the original plate.
According to statistics, the evolution history of Sea-Sea Dweller is mainly divided into the following five versions:
2nd generation: 1978 – 1988, Ref.16660 (1220 m waterproofing, 3035 movement);
3rd generation: 1988 – 2008, Ref.16600 (1220 m waterproofing, 3135 movement);
4th generation: (enhanced edition) 2008-present Ref.116660, DeepSea (3900m waterproofing, 3135 movement);
4th generation: (general edition) 2014-2017 Ref.116600 (1220 m waterproofing, 3135 movement);
The 5th generation of Sea-Dweller was launched in 2017. Compared with other versions, its main changes are reflected in the four aspects: watchcase, looking glass, movement, plate printing.
As is known to all, the date magnifier on Rolex is its signature symbol, also known as “bubble mirror”. Actually, the idea of making small calendar become large calendar comes from the fact that Rolex boss found a drop of water fell on the calendar at the point of three o’clock in the shower. This change is also easier to read the data.
For Sea-Dweller series added with bubble mirror, many friends said they cannot understand, thinking adding bubble mirror makes it not like Sea-Dweller. In fact, it is just that people haven’t used to the design. Before 1969, Sumbmariner did not use bubble mirror, but as time passing by, now everyone is used to Sumbmariner with bubble mirror.
The looking glass of early “Sea-Dweller” is not made of sapphire, but acrylic material. In fact, a magnifying glass for date is not with the looking glass, but produced separately, relying on shadowless glue to stick the two together. If you really don’t like bubble mirror, you can separate looking glass be by heating, then buckle it down, and later you also can stick it up, without impact on the timing accuracy and waterproofing.
Now everybody’s most concerned one is to the self-produced 32 series Cal. 3235 movement, replacing the original 31 series movement, which is a major bright spot for the fifth generation of Sea-Dweller. Because this is the first time that Rolex uses this movement in professional tool watch and steel watch. It is better than the former version in the anti-shock ability, the magnetic prevention level and power storage time. For this generation, because “Sea-Dweller” changes the movement, the model is upgraded to “126600” from “116600”.
The increase in the diameter of the watchcase is also a major change of Sea-Dweller, from 40mm to 43mm, so what is the reason for Sea-Dweller to increase the case? It is estimated that the market is developing, and in the same situation, the large-sized watch is more popular, so Rolex must make a corresponding change. The men’s watches are now in their 40s and 41mm, and the submersion watch keeps complacent and conservative, it is out of date if it is still in the 40mm. And Sea-Dweller has certain waterproof requirement, so watchcase will be thicker. If the watchcase is enlarged, it looks more beautiful.
But I need to remind you. Although the new Sea-Dweller has certain hype and collection value, it is hard to get it in early period. If you like it very much, but suffer from having no place to buy one, you also can try Rolex replica watch, because I have a close friend who bought the Rolex replica watch, finding it has good workmanship and quality, and is difficulty to distinguish the right and the false. The most surprising thing is that I have a friend engaging in watch thinks he has bought the authentic one. So, it can be seen that the biofidelity is quite high. If you have no abundant money, you also can consider the replica watch. After all, its price varies a lot, really. The money to buy a piece of the real one can be used to buy ten pieces of the replica, so even if they are not worn, you will not feel a pity, and also can save a lot of money to invest in other things, which is also very good.
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