August 15, 2014
by Ariel Adams
It is easy to criticize little elements of the Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue watch, such as the larger rehaut ring around the dial with the text as well as the slightly proportionally too-small bracelet in comparison to the size of the case. Nevertheless, Rolex did make a nice watch and the Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue is both comfortable and very legible as well as highly functional. Also, the bracelet does have a GlideLock micro-adjust system, but it is different than the one on the newest generation Submariner collection. The Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller was originally released in 2008, while I believe the new Submariner generation was originally released in either 2009 or 2010.
Of course, the Rolex Deepsea has the maxi-dial style face with white gold hands and hour markers as well as that fantastic blue-color lume which is arguably more elegant than the green color SuperLuminova you often see. The insert in the rotating diver’s bezel is of course Cerachrom ceramic.
Compared to the standard Deepsea the Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue dial model is a slightly different but interesting model. It adds a hint of color and coolness to the very tool-watch style of the large dive watch. The dial isn’t always clearly two color either as the transition from blue to black is so smooth sometimes it just looks as though light is hitting the dial in a particular way. That is especially the case with the way the dial looks thanks to the thick and curved sapphire crystal. What really helps separate the D-Blue dial version of the Deepsea apart is the green “DEEPSEA” label.
Inside the Rolex Deepsea is the in-house made Rolex caliber 3135 automatic movement with the time and date, and it is of course given a COSC Chronometer certification. Don’t forget that as a Sea-Dweller model, the Rolex Deepsea also has an automatic helium release valve on the left side of the case. Overall, the Rolex Deepsea is a killer tool-watch if you love dive watches and is one of the biggest “statement” Rolex timepieces around. It lacks some of the more graceful proportions and elegance of the Submariner, but I see the Rolex Deepsea as the version of the Submariner with huge off-road tires and lifted 4 more feet off the ground… if the Submariner were an SUV automobile.
The standard Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller ref. 116660 watch retails for $12,050 while the Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue dial version retails for $12,350 and is available for sale now. rolex.com