Rolex Deep Sea

lt has aways been the brand initiative at Rolex to push the boundaries, from the top of the world on the wrist of Sir Edmund Hillary, to the top of Mount Everest, Rolex has also been to the deepest point on Earth. In 1960, a bulbous experimental watch called the ‘Deepsea Special’ was attached to a submarine called the Bathyscaphe Trieste as it dropped 39,000ft into the Mariana Trench, which is the deepest part of the world’s oceans.

Piloted by Captain Don Walsh Jacques Piccard, they descended an unbelievable 10,926 meters returned in perfect working order in one of the most significant horological triumphs.

In 2012, Hollywood director Explorer James Cameron decided to recreate the dive re-visit the Mariana Trench alone. Obviously, Rolex was not going to sit idly by and let this happen without them! In fact, more than just lending its name in sponsorship, it created a brand new experimental Diving watch to accompany him.

The model dubbed the ‘Deep Sea Challenge’, was strapped to Cameron’s vessel, which successfully advanced 10,898 meters into the depths and did not miss a beat!

How was Rolex' Deep Sea success possible?

The specially designed Deep Sea Challenge (one of three created) is no ordinary Divers watch. Consisting of a huge 51 mm in diameter with a case thickness of 28.5mm, the Rolex Deep Sea Challenge watch is a beast. Although attached to a standard Oyster bracelet, the watch is rated to 12,000 meters can withstand a huge 13.6 tons of pressure. The sapphire crystal alone is 14.33mm thick.

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