It’s hard to believe but summer is unfortunately drawing to a close. With only a few weeks left until back-to-reality, there’s a little time left to squeeze in one last trip. And if that trip includes some diving (as most good vacations do), then here are four Rolex models, available at official Rolex retailers such as Packouz Jewelers, that I recommend you have on hand as you plunge deep underwater.
The Rolex Submariner
The Submariner’s story began in 1953 as the world’s first diver’s watch water resistant to 100 meters (330 feet). Fast-forward to today and the Submariner is an even more robust, luxurious, and precise watch thanks to all the improvements Rolex has made to it over the last 65 years.
The most current version is the Submariner ref. 114060. Like the original version from the 1950s, this particular Rolex Submariner features a highly legible and symmetrical dial thanks to the lack of a date window. Crafted in tough stainless steel and equipped with a scratch and fade resistant Cerachrom ceramic bezel, the Submariner ref. 114060 boasts a water resistance of 300 meters (1,000 feet). The Submariner’s bezel used to track immersion times is unidirectional as a fail-safe method to prevent divers from accidently underestimating how long they’ve been underwater. Plus, the Submariner comes with a practical Glidelock extension system on the stainless steel Oyster bracelet to accommodate thick wetsuits.
The Rolex Submariner Date
In the late 1960s, Rolex unveiled the first version of the Submariner with a date window. And like most Rolex watches with the date function, the window at 3 o’clock is accompanied by a protruding Cyclops magnification lens above it.
Aside from the date functionality, the Submariner and the Submariner Date share the same features. However, the Submariner Date is available in range of metals. There are the sporty stainless steel versions, the elegant two-tone versions, and the ultra-luxurious versions in solid gold. Similar to most modern Rolex sports watches, the Submariner Date watches all have Cerachrom ceramic bezels and depending on the particular watch, the bezels can be in black, green, or blue.
The Rolex Sea-Dweller
In 1967, Rolex released an even more capable a dive watch with the Sea-Dweller. Originally developed for a commercial diving company, the Sea-Dweller was not only water resistant to an impressive 610 meters (2,000 feet) but it also included a Helium Escape Valve to automatically release any built-up gasses during decompression periods without causing damage to the watch.
The most current version is the stainless steel Sea-Dweller ref. 126600, which made its debut just last year. The biggest Sea-Dweller ever offered by Rolex, the new Sea-Dweller includes a 43mm Oyster case and for the first time in the collection, a Cyclops lens. Like previous models, the current Sea-Dweller is water resistant to 1,200 meters (4,000 feet).
The Rolex Deepsea
Finally, the Deepsea is Rolex’s most serious dive watch. With a hefty 44mm Oyster case the Deepsea is water resistant to an astounding 3,900 meters (12,800 feet thanks to its ingenious Ringlock system with a Helium Escape Valve.
Rolex just launched the brand new Deepsea ref. 126660 this year with a new automatic movement and some slight design improvements including a slighter wider Oyster bracelet. Like previous Deepsea watches, the new one comes with the choice of a classic black dial or the special D-Blue gradient dial in honor of James Cameron’s exploration to the deepest-known point on Earth.
Regardless if you decide on the Submariner, Sea-Dweller, or Deepsea, Rolex offers fantastic range of diving watches. Drop in at Packouz Jewelers and we’d happy to find the right one for you.