Playing with Rolex cannot avoid sports diving models, just like a fish cannot live without water. Diving is both an eternal theme and a particular skill. Three major series were released successively: SUBMARINER (1953), SEA DWELLER (1960), and DEEP SEA (2008).
As the saying goes, if three people walk together, there must be a teacher. There is always a Rolex diving model that suits you.
The former Sea-Dweller SD, the leader for decades, was replaced by its more high-tech younger brother, the Submersible DS. Rolex’s positioning of the Sea-Dweller could be more comfortable. The brand has also spent a lot of effort. The Sea-Dweller was discontinued and replaced after the release of Ghost King Ref.116660 in 2008. Later, due to various reasons, the new ceramic Sea-Dweller Ref. 116600 was re-launched in 2014; the new Sea-Dweller’s configuration was neither superior nor inferior, coupled with poor market response, it was discontinued in less than three years, making it the shortest-lived Rolex diving watch in history. Imitation Rolex.
This is the best interpretation of Ref. 116600 when the situation continues to be disrupted. Rolex immediately replaced it with a single red Sea-Dweller, which is today’s protagonist: this Sea-Dweller Rolex Ref. 126600, which seeks common ground while reserving differences, has a new look.
The reason why Rolex is classic is that its brand image has always been stable. As an important series, the Sea-Dweller series continues the traditional elements:
- Higher configuration Oyster system
- Helium escape valve
- Foldable extended safety buckle
- Classic dial Design
- Mercedes-Benz needle
- Unidirectional 60-minute scale rotating outer ring
At the same time, he made many changes compared to his predecessor. The most conspicuous design is to reproduce the red SEA-DWELLER. The method of the single red font can be traced back to Ref. 1665 Single Red, released in 1967.
The new 2017 Red Sea-Dweller is a 50th-anniversary tribute edition. The disk layout follows tradition. No one can tell which brand is the originator of diving. However, only Rolex can persist in adapting to changes for 50 years. His brand identity is unmatched.
Secondly, a small bubble magnifying glass is added to the watch mirror. This is the first time a small bubble element has been added to a professional diving watch. This is also why I have been unable to accept the new Sea-Dweller for a long time. I have said before that although tiny bubbles can make it easier to observe the date, as a professional diving watch, the watch mirror must withstand higher pressure while avoiding collisions during underwater operations. The design of eliminating small blisters is also a consideration to ensure the safety and durability of the diving watch.
It’s impossible for Rolex not to know this. Until the release of the gold Sea-Dweller Ref. 126603 in 2019, I realized that the Sea-Dweller was no longer the Sea-Dweller I initially understood. His positioning changed from the original professional to the civilian diving watch who loves big eyes, and the actual professional gave way to the Ghost King. Replica Rolex watches.
From a marketing perspective, this is a win-win situation. It eliminates the embarrassing position of being unable to move up and broadens the exclusive customer base. After thinking about it, let’s take a look at this Sea-Dweller. The design is lovely (more like Ref. 1680 single red).
The site has also been significantly changed. The watch has been increased from 40mm to 43mm, different from the 40mm Water Ghost and the 44mm Ghost King. This change undoubtedly also dramatically changes the weight. The net weight has increased from 174g (116600) to 192g. It feels heavy when worn on the hand. More obvious. However, it is still far away from the 220g of the Ghost King, and at the same time, it is further away from the 160g of the Water Ghost.
The ORIGINAL GAS ESCAPE VALVE helium escape valve design on the side quickly discharges helium gas under high internal pressure to avoid glass bursting. The overall shell shape is still smooth, but the overall proportions are more even due to the increase in size.
The mark on the bottom cover is indispensable. It continues the tradition of helium exhaust patent and Sea-Dweller series engraving. The width of the strap head is increased from 21 to 22MM (the same size as the Ghost King).
The Oyster discount extension link design is also retained. As a high-end must-have, the unique extension device is used when wearing a heavy diving suit and can extend the length by 30MM. If the restriction is too troublesome or unsightly, it can be removed separately and replaced with a strap section.
Regarding luminescence, it is worth noting that the top bead on the ceramic outer ring has been smoothed and optimized, making it more rounded than the old model. The deep blue color directly touches the soul, and the larger area of luminous light can maintain a long-lasting brilliant effect.
The movement uses Rolex’s own Cal.3235 movement, with a power reserve of up to 70 hours. It has several patented improved designs. Compared with Cal.3135, it has a relatively significant improvement in board circuit design.
The new single-red Sea-Dweller released in 2017 is more extensive, thicker than the Water Ghost, and more comfortable than the Ghost King. He belongs to those fans who pursue novel personalities without being sensational. He adheres to the tradition of Rolex but has a bold and unrestrained nature.
Rolex Sea-Dweller series: model 126600, diameter: 43MM, thickness: 15.5MM, movement: Cal.3235.
Case Size: 43mm
Case Thickness: 15mm
Engine: Rolex Calibre 2836