August 10, 2014
If ever an event was worthy of a special commemorative Rolex, James Cameron’s journey to (and exploration of) the deepest place on earth, the Mariana Trench, would be it. The new Rolex Deepsea “D-Blue Dial” edition is distinguished first and foremost by its two-tone gradient dial, a Rolex first. Otherwise sharing all of the features of the first Deepsea that Rolex unveiled in 2008 (though a far cry from the ultra-robust specs of the THREE experimental Rolex Deepsea Challenge watch that went down with James Cameron. Let have a look at the new Rolex Deepsea “D-Blue” in more detail shall we.
It comes in a 44mm stainless steel Rolex Oyster case (3900/12,800 ft water resistance; titanium caseback; 5.5mm thick sapphire crystal), automatic mechanical Rolex Cal 3135 (COSC, Parachrom hairspring), Rolex Chromalight luminescence, black Rolex Cerachrom ceramic bezel, Glidelock+Fliplock on steel bracelet and the “DEEPSEA” marking on the new dial adopts the color of James Cameron’s green submersible as it is perceived underwater.
The Rolex Deepsea owes its exceptional strength, waterproofness and pressure resistance to the exclusive Rolex Ringlock system. This innovative case architecture patented by Rolex enables the watch to resist the massive pressure exerted by water at the depth of 3,900 metres (12,800 feet), equivalent to a weight of approximately 3 tonnes on the watch. Its construction is based on three elements: a nitrogen-alloyed steel central ring forms the backbone of the system, accompanied by a 5 mm‑thick, domed sapphire crystal and a case back in grade 5 titanium.