In 1926 Rolex made the first waterproof watch case and goes on to call them boxes Oyster “Oyster” from entoces always been a brand that has taken great care leakproof its sports watches, water was the number one enemy of the gauges and the creation of these boxes was a break through and salvation for many watches today still have a good seal.
For the manufacture of a diver’s watch the first test was conducted by Dimitri Rebikoff with a prototype model called Deep- Be Special, mythical as the Moana expedition, Antarctica or R II were the setting for these tests. In 1953, Rolex released a diving watch, the Submariner, a watch case and bracelet with WR100m manufactured entirely in stainless steel. Some photos in this review are not mine, but I will bring quality to the review for future reference.
I’ve been searching the internet more technical and better photographs to do something more complete and well put together everything you can, because the clock so I could see and photograph in my dealer and the light conditions and the stage were not the most appropriate to take good advantage of the model. Edward of us spent the Swiss Union official CD press kit supplied by Rolex, there we have good pictures and technical information that is available to us in PDF format which I have taken many things.
In April 2008, is presented at Baselworld “the Basel fair,” a new diving watch, the Sea Dweller DeepSea , a diverse end with a tensile, the Tightness of 3,900 meters, a clock image completely new feature of the Rolex divers but with an important technical improvements and an unusual seal for mechanical watches.
After having one in my hands being able to handle, take measurements and take pictures I take to make a review of the Rolex Sea-Dweller DeepSea reference 116660 , the most radical diver replaces the previous Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 ref.16600. CASE Supplied with a white cardboard box that inside contains the typical green box fully lined with an aspect of high quality.
Accompanied as usual use of the manual, the warranty, chronometer certificate, the leather purse and red seal COSC certificate. In this model the box is a little bigger and wider, and the outer carton is cut from the front to easily remove the green case.
As a general rule of Rolex sports watches used to build their oyster box, this is made from a solid block of steel, the boxes are subjected to more than a hundred operations for manufacturing, and year after year to ensure absolute waterproofness and protects the movement in the most extreme conditions. The stainless steel used is 904 L to meet the demanding criteria of Rolex.
The thickness of the box without the lid and the glass is 8mm, the complete watch glass cover and 17mm included is a normal little as Rolex what we were used, but of course is a dive watch nearly 4,000 meters and this could not be achieved without a box of these characteristics.
On the left you can see the characteristic helium valve out of the former Sea-Dweller.
The bottom of the box is made of a titanium alloy, a material highly resistant steel, and is held against the ring by another ring of steel.
The handles that hold the bracelet in this model are wider at variance with the subs as always, this model are very similar in size to today’s ceramic bezel GMT Master and has no side holes to extract the bracelet.
CROWN Triplock winding threaded joints has won three in size and now measures 8mm (1 mm more than the previous model) providing a good touch and clock management. The three dots characteristic of the triple board are also visible in the crown.
This totally screwed
Here unscrewed and pulled into the stop position and start the second hour.
Is made of high strength stainless steel and its size was adapted to the dimensions of the box to offer an optimal seal.
A great depths, professional divers use pressurized chambers where between one dive and other breathing a mixture of high pressure gases including helium, and such as volatile gas can be cast on the clock. In the decompression stage during the ascent, the valve helium serves as safety device.
The DeepSea is equipped with a unidirectional rotating bezel with 120 positions with disk cerachrom black and graduation of 60 minutes which allows the diver to dive time to read accurately. The material of this bezel and is mounted for the first time in the GMT Master and is an extremely hard material with excellent corrosion and wear. Ultraviolet rays do not affect its color and is virtually scratchproof.
The figures and rankings are obtained by a deposit of platinum by applying a PVD technique patented by Rolex. The zero graduation, represented by a triangle, is visible longer at night or on the seabed by a capsule containing a new luminescent material that emits blue and is slightly raised bezel.
To resist pressure, the synthetic sapphire crystal is slightly curved and much thicker than the other models oyster and bears against the inner ring carries no anti-reflective treatment.
Always been criticized for the bracelet and special closures or extent of diving watches Rolex are very simple and does not convey the image representing the brand ..