Lately, the popularity of Rolex watches has increased dramatically. The demand for these remarkable timepieces has led to long waitlists from Rolex authorized dealers. Over the last few years, one of the most in-demand watches is the Rolex Submariner. Because it has waitlists that can run into years, the Submariner has overshadowed its cousin, the Rolex Sea-Dweller.
If we think of the Rolex Submariner as a watch for those who enjoy diving, the Rolex Sea-Dweller is a watch for those who take diving seriously. The In the 1960s, Rolex received word from a French commercial diving company of the need to improve the Submariner because extreme pressure caused helium buildup. The helium particles couldn’t escape when divers went through decompression chamber. This could (and did) cause a watch to explode. Rolex created an escape valve to allow the helium to explode but that solution required very regular maintenance. At this point, the watch was a Submariner with additional elements.
More improvements to the design led to the first Sea-Dweller, released as Sea-Dweller Submariner 2000 in 1967. 2000 represented the depth rating for the watch, a remarkable achievement brought about because of many technological improvements to the case as well as the internal workings. In the 1970s, the depth rating as well as Submariner were dropped and the advanced diving watch kept only the name Sea-Dweller.
In the years that followed, additional elements and advancements had made the Rolex Sea-Dweller not only an incredible technical achievement but a beautiful style achievement as well. Some models can reach astounding depths, more than twelve-hundred feet. In addition, the watches are strikingly beautiful with different options in terms of metal, dials, and other cosmetic choices. The Sea-Dweller is not only one of the most remarkable tool watches Rolex produces but it is also one of the most beautiful choices in relation to fashion.
If you’re looking for a Sea Dweller, you should check with an authorized Rolex dealer. You may have a hard time finding one available, though. If you decide to look on the secondary market, make sure you find a reputable pre-owned Rolex seller to help you get one of these remarkable watches on your wrist.