Initially only available in golden with prices between CHF 35,000 and CHF 45,000, these brand new steel and gold Rolex Sky-Dweller models are far less, which range between CHF13,700 into CHF16,300 which essentially fills in the market between the Datejust along with the President (while being less aggressive and sporty than the Yacht-Master watch). It’s a Rolex that isn’t as ubiquitous as the Datejust 41 for an absurd quantity of cash more (the steel and gold Datejust 41 costs $12,700).At 42mm broad, it’s one of those larger Rolex watches out there and that alone probably presents a lot of appeal to people who prefer a larger case – and it has a 100m of water immunity to boot. With the fluted bezel, it looks unmistakably Rolex, which is also an important element in most people’s Rolex purchase decisions.The first creation Rolex Sky-Dweller’s prohibitive cost and how it only came on a leather strap retained the watch from breaking through to a broader market segment, however that I wouldn’t be surprised if you start to find far more of them today. They look great in person, and also using indices instead of Arabic or Roman numerals create the dial look a lot sleeker and less disorienting (compared to a ring of numbers around the off-center 24-hour disc). I believe comparing the two images above helps illustrate the more informal and less, let us say, “formal” feel and look of these new pieces, further helped by the bracelet option.I believe it makes sense to go over the Rolex Sky-Dweller somewhat more since it isn’t a bit most people are really too familiar with. When it was released in 2012, the Rolex Sky-Dweller came as a small jolt to the watch world, since Rolex tends to be quite conservative and mostly introduces new watches only with minimal variations or tiny updates. With the newest model and motion Rolex had made accessible for the very first time, an yearly calendar and second time zone watch was especially innovative for two large reasons.
Rolex has just unveiled a new and improved its top of the line dive watch, giving the Deepsea Sea-Dweller, including the version with the “D-Blue” graduated dial, a new-generation calibre and a redesigned case.
While the stainless steel case remains 44mm with a titanium case back – and the patented Ringlock construction for unparalleled pressure resistance – the new Deepsea is now fitted with a wider Oyster bracelet and a resized Oysterlock spring-loaded safety clasp, giving the large case a bracelet that is suitably substantial.
And for the first time, the Deepsea is equipped with the calibre 3235 – the same movement found in the Sea-Dweller 4000 ref. 126600 launched last year. It is equipped with a Chronergy escapement and Parachrom hairspring. In contrast, the original Deepsea was powered by the calibre 3135, which lacked the various technology bells and whistles.
All else otherwise remains unchanged. The “D-Blue” version features the same dial with a dark blue to black graduated finish, a reference to the pitch black depths of the ocean.
As before, the new Deepsea boasts extreme water resistance up to 12,800ft, or 3900m. And to that end, the watch features bright blue Chromalight luminescence for optimal visibility in darkness, the patented Ringlock System, the helium escape valve as well as the “Triplock” winding crown.
Price and availability
The new Deepsea (ref. 126660) with “D-Blue” dial costs US$12,550, and with the all-black dial it is US$12,250.