New masterpiece from Rolex is here. I believe you have already heard about the Rolex Deepsea, but this one is a special edition that celebrates James Cameron’s historic solo dive to the deepest place on Earth. The Deepsea D-blue Dial watch has a unique dial that starts blue at the top and using a gradient goes to black.
The Mariana Trench is the deepest point in the world’s oceans, a whopping 10,908 meters underwater and it was first reached in 1960 by Captain Don Walsh and Jacques Picard in the underwater submersible known as the Bathyscaphe Trieste.
With the support of Rolex and a few other brands, in 2012 Cameron successfully solo dived and subsequently explored the Mariana Trench. The Deepsea Challenger was engineered to withstand depths of up to 12,000 meters and it was attached to the manipulator arm of the Deepsea Challenger submersible which carried Cameron down into the depths of the ocean. This was the first time such an expedition had been successfully attempted.
On the new Deepsea model, the ‘Deepsea’ insignia has been applied in chartreuse, the same color as the submersible vehicle Cameron used for the expedition. The watch is powered by Rolex’ in-house self-winding Calibre 3135 with 48-hour power reserve, a COSC-certified movement and has extreme waterproofness to 12,800 feet. This D-Blue Deepsea features brand’s Helium Escape Valve at 9 o’clock and the same trip-clock crown at three o’clock, two trademarks of Rolex’s mega dive watches. It retains the same 44mm diameter case, with titanium caseback and 5mm thick sapphire cristal as the previous Deepsea.
There is something very interesting about this watch in dark environments. The Chromalight display on the dial pushes back the boundaries of visibility. Its distinctive blue glow lasts up to twice as long as that of standard luminescent materials and the zero market on the bezel is also visible in the dark reaches of the ocean thanks to a capsule containing the same luminescent material.