Rolex Deep-Sea Challenge Watch

For almost a century, Rolex has been making state of the art watches. It has built a reputation throughout the world for not only making dependable luxury watches but for also building timepieces that are accurate and attractive as well. The brand has received many awards and certificates throughout the years for its impressive collections. Rolex makes timepiece that range from small to over-sized ones such as the Deep-Sea Challenge watch. Whether for air or deep sea, Rolex has been making functional and durable watches for aviators, divers, and everyone else in between for years.

Over five decades ago, Rolex successfully created and tested the first new and upgraded waterproof watch called “Deep Sea Special” to a depth of 10,336 feet that Jacques Piccard and Lt. Don Walsh wore on their journey to the deepest part of North Pacific Ocean. Now Rolex is introducing a new addition to their collection with the Rolex Deep-Sea Challenge watch. This watch accompanied movie director James Cameron on his latest deep sea expedition to the bottom and deep part of Pacific Ocean. Cameron made this solo descent in submarine called Deep-Sea Challenger and took 2 hours to reach the bottom and another 4 hours to explore the Ocean floor. This waterproof watch has been built as part of an effort to help deep sea exploration, and this particular project was partially funded by Rolex.

The Rolex Deep-Sea Challenge is an experimental diving watch certified waterproof for up to 12000 meters (39,370 ft.) and has set a new record for deepest diving watch. It has been built to withstand the extreme pressures found in the deep parts of the earth. The watch is very big and in this expedition, the watch was strapped to one of the submarines robotic arms. It has a 51.4 millimeter wide and 28.5 millimeter thick case. This case is made of 904L steel and able to resist extreme conditions and circumstances. The back of the case is in titanium and the bezel insert is ceramic with platinum colored numerals. This Rolex can resist up to 13.6 tons of pressure, which is essential when making such a deep descent. This watch’s dial has a blue Chromalight lume, which lasts a long time and is beneficial in the murky conditions at the bottom of the ocean.

Currently, the watch has not been made available in any commercial capacity, but it sure is a fascinating watch to contemplate having. It is commendable that Rolex continues to be part scientific exploration and researches. It will be interesting to see future endeavors Rolex will take part in.

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