Rolex diving watches are in high demand. It is no wonder that it has such an exciting history, with many noteworthy collaborations, unique designs, and robust and accurate internal movements. We’ll explore various models in this feature.
Rolex currently makes a few different dive watch models: the Submariner and Submariner Date, the Sea-Dweller, and the Deepsea (listed here in order from lowest to highest in both size and price). The Submariner and Submariner Date share the same case size. Almost all replica watches in this collection offer versions with different materials, dial, and bezel colors. Introduced in 1953, it was the first dive watch from Rolex. At the time, it had a two-way rotating frame to measure the dive time. Initially, the submarine was 100 meters waterproof, but by 1954 Rolex had increased this level to 200 meters. In 1955, the British Royal Navy began using submarines as its official diving observation, and the Royal Canadian Navy followed suit the following year.
Rolex first became popular in 1927 for its water-resistant watches with their patented screw-down crown, and the ingenious Oyster name was an effective marketing tool. During her more than 15-hour attempt to swim the English Channel, Mercedes Gleitze wore a water-resistant replica Rolex that withstood the ordeal. Rolex took out a front-page ad in the London Daily Mail to publicize the event that won the watch great acclaim.
Apart from that, Rolex developed the Deep-Sea Special watch to explore the ocean depths. Between 1953 and 1960 it participated in several maritime expeditions, attached to the outer hull of submarines. The high point (or low point) was reached in 1960 when Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh maneuvered their Trieste submersible vessel down into the Mariana Trench to a depth of 10,916 meters, just a few meters short of the deepest point in the sea. The Deep-Sea Special survived unscathed.
Although several parts of this model were built, it never went into continuous production. Although it is a hemispherical crystal with an overall height of 35mm, it is still too big to wear.