REVIEW: Rolex DeepSea Sea Dweller 126660

Sep 18, 2018
REVIEW: Rolex DeepSea Sea Dweller 126660

Now with the latest iteration of the Rolex Deepsea model, Rolex has once again proved that it is second to none. The original Rolex Deepsea Sea Dweller model was first introduced in the year 2008 which came with a black dial, and later in 2014, it added its D-Blue dial variant. And now with the latest collection in the same model, Rolex Deepsea Sea Dweller reference 126660 has received several cosmetic updates as well it comes with a new movement.


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The Basics


Before we could hit the review and the details, here are some significant features of the watch. The brand name is Rolex of course, and the model name is Deepsea with the reference number 126660. The diameter of the dial is 44mm, and it is available in the variant color of black or gradient blue/black “D-blue.” The case material of the watch is Rolex Oystersteel (904L), and its strap/ bracelet comes with a glide lock and flip-lock extensions. It has got the chroma light glowing on its hour markers and hands. And is water resistant up to 3,900 meters.

Now let us take a trip around its movement; it comes with a calibre of 3225 chronometer spec movement with a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800). Its winding is automatic, and it contains 31 jewels (Rolex and its precious jewels). It can reserve power for up to 70 hours and comes with a basic functional dial which displays the hours, minutes, seconds, and the date. And of course, it is COSC Chronometer Certified in which Rolex takes its pride, and in addition to that, it holds the Rolex certification with the movement in the watch which refers to the movement in their own standard -2 to +2 seconds a day, because it is mandatory for Rolex to be the best.


Rolex DeepSea Sea Dweller 126660 D-Blue

What sets Rolex DeepSea Sea Dweller apart


Now that we know the basic functions and the necessary details let us explore the features which make this watch outstanding. For starters, this Deepsea Sea Dweller is one of Rolex’s most hardcore diver watches and with a new movement inside and a few subtle changes outside, it is still one of the exclusive watches of Rolex. Thus, Deepsea Sea Dweller is a classic diving watch which comes with the true professional look.


Its gorgeous appearance

When it comes to the appearance of the watch, it is drool-worthy. The black dial is not identical to the D-blue one concerning the text. So the notable basic difference, in addition to the color, is the placement and size of “Deepsea” On the one with the black dial, the font of “Deepsea” is smaller, and it is placed just over where the hands connect under “Oyster Perpetual Date” whereas, in the D-blue version, the word is placed right above “Sea Dweller” under where the hands connect. Now speaking of the text, one of the Deepsea’s most controversial features remains the same, that is, a silver rehaut ring around the dial. It contains two phrases; first being “Original Gas Escape Valve” which refers to the automatic helium release valve and the second one is “Ring Lock System” which refers to the construction of the case which ensures the high level of water resistance. Talking about the texts might sound too much of a watch-nerd, but believe it, it brings out a lot of difference.


In addition to the text, the latest model has also redesigned the lugs and the corresponding bracelet to ensure better integration with both the case and to also feature an updated Oysterlock clasp setup. And there is no denying of the fact that Deepsea Sea Dweller is a huge watch. Its Oyster steel case measures in at 44mm wide and is 17.7mm thick, which offers a tremendous amount of wrist presence.


It’s mechanical functioning

Now, when it comes to the appeal and the engineering, it is undeniably impressive. With the embracing update to Rolex’s modern 3235 movement, the Deepsea Sea Dweller now has the same movement which is found in the latest generation of the Sea-Dweller. With its 3235 movement, it runs at and offers 70 hours of power reserve, Rolex’s Chronenergy escapement, and anti-magnetic nickel-phosphorus construction. And the key highlight is that it runs 15% more efficiently than the previous calibers. Thus, with an updated bracelet and Rolex’s superlative chronometer spec 3235 movement, the Rolex Deepsea Sea Dweller remains the boss of the ultra-deep divers.


The Rolex’s Deepsea Sea Dweller has always given mixed reviews because of its bulky case, and quirky design cues as it might not be the first choice to match everyone’s style and personality. And while it might not give you the shiny image unlike the other models of Rolex like Daytona or the Submariner, but it is the best in its mechanical update and is suitable for the professional attire without being flashy and making your wrist look too conspicuous. It is also perfect for giving out the sporty vibe. Thus its versatility is appreciable; as it can perform equally well for office dives as well as in actual diving.

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