Rolex just made history – again – with the world’s most water resistant watch.
It’s the Rolex Deepsea Challenge, a watch rated water resistant to 11,000 meters or 36,090 feet.
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The Deepsea Challenge watch is the latest addition to the family of Rolex ‘Sea-Dweller’ divers.
This model comes in with the same iconic bezel as the GMT and the Submariner.
It also uses the same so-called Mercedes hands and similar indices.
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Other than the fact that it’s made from titanium, the silver-colored chapter ring is the most obvious reminder that this is a special timepiece.
It reads “Original Gas Escape Valve” on the upper part, and “Ring Lock System” on the lower section of the ring.
This being a deep sea diver, it is rather thick and bulky.
It measures 50 mm in diameter and it has one of the thickest pieces of sapphire crystal ever fitted to a wristwatch: 9.5 mm.
In theory, the Rolex Deepsea Challenge has a price tag of $26,000.
But in reality, we know that Rolex watches are notoriously hard to get at retail and re-sellers go mad in the pre-owned market.
About the Rolex Sea-Dweller
The Rolex Sea-Dweller was first launched by Rolex in 1967 and, as the name suggests, it was designed for professional divers.
Despite being a best-seller, these days the Sea-Dweller doesn’t necessarily get as much attention as the GMT or the Daytona.
However, it actually defined the history of the brand by putting Rolex on the map when it comes to wristwatches designed to be used underwater.
Even before the history-making model we’ve just mentioned, the Sea-Dweller set several diving records.
In the 1990s, it became the first production watch to be certified for more than 1,000 m.
It even managed to touch the very bottom of the Mariana Trench.
These days you can buy one in the secondary market starting at around $8,000.