NEW WAVE

Dive watches may al­ready rep­re­sent a ro­bust and ex­tremely func­tional time­piece for ev­ery­day use, but for those look­ing to push the lim­its, the new Oys­ter Per­pet­ual Rolex Deepsea is the ul­ti­mate tool watch.

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As far as dive watches go, the Rolex Oys­ter Per­pet­ual Sub­mariner, with wa­ter­proof­ness to a depth of 300 me­tres, will tech­ni­cally be more than enough for the aver­age diver. How­ever, if you are look­ing for a dive deep, then the new 2018 Rolex Deepsea will ex­ceed your most ex­act­ing de­mands. Where the Rolex Sub­mariner and Rolex Sea-Dweller will reach a depth of 300m and 1220m, re­spec­tively, the Rolex Deepsea, with its gor­geous D-blue dial, will with­stand a depth of 3,900m. At this depth, the pres­sure is a mas­sive 390 times greater than at the sur­face, il­lus­trat­ing the supremacy of Rolex in mas­ter­ing wa­ter­proof­ness.

THE CASE OF THE OYS­TER It is well-known that the Oys­ter case from Rolex was in­deed de­signed to with­stand wa­ter pres­sure but, at 3,900m, you can bet that the brand had to em­ploy other mod­ern in­no­va­tions to en­sure that the watch not only stays dry at that depth but re­mains func­tional. First is the Rolex-patented Rin­glock Sys­tem that is com­posed of three el­e­ments: a domed 5.5mm-thick sap­phire crys­tal, a high­per­for­mance ni­tro­gen-al­loyed stain­less steel ring, po­si­tioned in­side the mid­dle case of the watch, and a case back in Oys­ter­steel and grade 5 ti­ta­nium. Next, the Triplock wind­ing crown is equipped with three seals, screwed down se­curely against the case,

com­plet­ing the wa­ter­proof­ness sys­tem and guar­an­tee­ing wa­ter­tight se­cu­rity akin to a sub­ma­rine’s hatch.

Once a dive watch sur­passes a cer­tain depth un­der­wa­ter, the pres­sure be­comes great enough that even though wa­ter mol­e­cules are kept out, smaller atoms like he­lium gas are forced into the watch. This may not prove to be a prob­lem dur­ing the de­scent but gas will be­gin to force its way out dur­ing as­cen­sion, af­fect­ing the watch’s pre­ci­sion and re­li­a­bil­ity. In or­der to rec­tify the prob­lem, Rolex de­vel­oped and patented a he­lium es­cape valve in 1967, which al­lows the ex­cess pres­sure built up in the watch case to es­cape dur­ing a diver’s de­com­pres­sion phase in a hy­per­baric cham­ber.

For the new Rolex Deepsea, they have re­tained a gor­geous D-blue dial with the deep-blue to pitch-black gra­di­ent launched in 2014 on a com­mem­o­ra­tive ver­sion of the watch in trib­ute to James Cameron’s DEEP SEA CHAL­LENGE ex­pe­di­tion. The 44mm Oys­ter­steel case, how­ever, has been re­designed to of­fer new lugs and sides, along with a broader Oys­ter bracelet. This new bracelet is also equipped with an Oys­ter­lock safety clasp that pre­vents ac­ci­den­tal open­ing and a dou­ble ex­ten­sion sys­tem that al­lows the watch to be worn com­fort­ably over a div­ing suit up to 7mm thick. But what most patented Rolex Glide­lock sys­tem that al­lows ap­prox­i­mately 2mm in­cre­ments up to around 20mm, thus giv­ing the wearer an ex­tremely

Yet an­other ad­di­tion to the new Rolex Deepsea is a high-tech­nol­ogy ce­ramic bezel. This Rolex-patented insert is ex­tremely hard and cor­ro­sion-re­sis­tant, vir­tu­ally scratch­proof and its colour is un­af­fected by ul­tra­vi­o­let rays, en­sur­ing per­fect leg­i­bil­ity even af­ter pro­longed use. As with the Rolex Sea-Dweller, the uni­di­rec­tional ro­tat­able bezel of the Rolex Cer­achrom insert, where the nu­mer­als and the grad­u­a­tions are moulded in the ce­ramic and coloured with plat­inum us­ing a PVD (Phys­i­cal Vapour De­po­si­tion) process.

De­scend­ing be­low 1000m, sun­light will no longer be able to reach th­ese depths and so Rolex used its pro­pri­etary Chro­ma­light lu­mi­nes­cent ma­te­rial to en­sure leg­i­bil­ity at all times. This ma­te­rial emits a long-last­ing blue glow, last­ing up to two times longer than tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als and can ex­tend be­yond eight hours.

THE PEARL HID­DEN WITHIN The new Rolex Deepsea is equipped with cal­i­bre 3235, a new-gen­er­a­tion move­ment en­tirely de­vel­oped and man­u­fac­tured by Rolex. It in­cor­po­rates the Chronergy es­cape­ment patented by Rolex, which de­pend­abil­ity. Made of nickel-phos­pho­rus, it is also in­sen­si­tive to mag­netic in­ter­fer­ence. The os­cil­la­tor has a blue Parachrom hair­spring that is up to 10 times more pre­cise than a tra­di­tional hair­spring when sub­jected to shocks. And, thanks to its new bar­rel struc­ture and the es­cape­ment’s su­pe­rior 3235 ex­tends to ap­prox­i­mately 70 hours. Best of all, the watch, like all the mod­ern Rolex watches, is Su­perla­tive Chronome­ter

All the in­no­va­tions in the case to pro­tect the watch at an in­sane depth, com­bined with the in­cred­i­ble pre­ci­sion of the move­ment, makes the new Rolex Deepsea the per­fect util­i­tar­ian watch.

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