What Is the Difference Between a Rolex Submariner and a Rolex Sea Dweller?

If you are thinking about buying a Rolex, you have likely heard of the Rolex Submariner and the Rolex Sea Dweller, the two dive watches that enjoy a dramatic amount of popularity. If you want a dive watch, which one should you get? Read on and learn about the differences between the Submariner and the Sea Dweller.


Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41mm Submariner Men's Watch
Rolex Submariner Ref: 126610LN

Although both models are designed for aquatic adventures, the Submariner and the Sea Dweller have two entirely different divers in mind. The Rolex Submariner is designed primarily for recreational divers. It has a depth rating of 1,000 feet, which is well deeper than most amateur divers will ever dive. The Rolex Sea Dweller is a professional diving watch with a far higher depth rating. Early versions had depth ratings of four times the Submariner. Today, the SEA Dweller has a depth rating of deeper than twelve-thousand feet. These different purposes and the different technology to allow the functionality make the two utterly different watches.


Rolex Oyster Perpetual 44mm Deepsea Sea-Dweller Men's Watch
Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller Ref: 116660

The Rolex Submariner is a very famous design. I has been seen I movies and is particularly famous for James Bonds. You don’t need a license to kill to see how beautiful the watch really is. The Submariner has the Rolex Cyclops lens over the date, which magnifies it. The Sea Dweller is larger as well because it has a larger sapphire crystal. It also has an escape valve that allows for hydrogen particles formed under high pressure to be released. Both watches are stunning but the Submariner has, in general, a more stylish flair to go along with its less focused functionality.


The good news is that either the Submariner or the Sea Dweller would be wonderful on your wrist. The bad news is that you’re highly unlikely to get one any time soon. Submariners have wait times that can be measured in years if you’re even lucky enough to get onto an authorized Rolex dealer’s waitlist. As for the Sea Dweller, you might be lucky enough to get it after only a year and a half. Many buy their Submariners and Sea Dwellers on the secondary market as a result of these wait times. If you do that, you’re sure to love your new timepiece. Just make sure you deal with a trustworthy pre-owned Rolex seller.