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watch is equipped with the new Rolex Caliber 3235, a self-winding movement boasting a number of innovative technical details, some of them patented. is represents the first time Rolex has employed this recently introduced, technically superior movement in one of its “Professional grade” timepieces. Like all new Rolex watches, the Seadweller carries the Superlative Chronometer certification.
Like its most recent predecessors, the new Sea-dweller is water resistant to a depth of 1,220 meters (4,000 feet). Its 60-minute graduated, unidirectional, rotating divers’ bezel is fitted with a patented black Cerachrom bezel insert manufactured by Rolex in a virtually scratchproof ceramic whose color is unaffected by ultraviolet rays. e bezel’s graduations are Pvd-coated with a thin layer of platinum. e dial’s large hour markers are filled with Chromalight, a Rolex-developed luminescent material that emits a long-lasting blue glow in lowlight conditions.
e case, with Rolex’s iconic Oyster construction, has a middle piece crafted from a solid block of corrosion-resistant 904L steel; the fluted caseback is her-
— Rolex celebrates the half-century mark for its extreme divers’ watch, the Oyster Perpetual Seadweller, by launching an all-new model, with a larger case and modern caliber.
e new Rolex Sea-dweller is an updated version of the original model from 1967. e original Rolex Sea-dweller, created in 1967, was designed for professional deep-sea divers of that era. Among its many notable features was a helium-escape valve, patented by Rolex that same year, which regulates the air pressure accumulated inside its case during the decompression phases of deep-water saturation dives.
e case of the new Seadweller also comes with the helium-escape valve and is 43 mm in diameter — 3 mm larger than its 40-mm predecessor. e scratchresistant sapphire crystal over the deep black dial is equipped, for the first time on this model, with a Cyclops lens over the date window at 3 o’clock, enhancing its legibility. e text “Seadweller” appears on the dial in red, echoing the look of the original 1967 model. Finally, the metically screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement. e screw-down crown, protected by a crown guard integrated into the case middle, uses Rolex’s Triplock triple waterproofness system, which ensures secure waterproofness for the watch’s interior in the same manner as a submarine’s hatch.
The new-generation movement secured inside this hightech case is Caliber 3235, entirely developed and manufactured in-house by Rolex to achieve an elite level of precision, power reserves and shock resistance. It boasts 14 patents, including one for its Chronergy escapement, made from magnetic-resistant nickel phosphorus. The oscillator, which beats at a frequency of 28,800 vph, features a blue Parachrom hairspring (another Rolex patent), which Rolex says is up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring when subjected to shocks. Caliber 3235’s so-called “Perpetual” rotor winds the mainspring in both directions, amassing a power reserve of approximately 70 hours thanks to the movement’s new barrel architecture and the Chronenergy escapement’s superior efficiency.
e new Sea-dweller’s solid-link Oyster bracelet, in 904L steel, is fitted with an Oysterlock safety clasp that prevents accidental opening. e bracelet also features a double-extension system that allows adjustments to be made without the use of tools, allowing the watch to be worn comfortably over a diving suit up to 7 mm thick. Rolex’s Fliplock extension link extends the bracelet by 26 mm, while its Glidelock system allows fine adjustment of the bracelet length in 2-mm increments, for a total of approximately 20 mm.
e retail price of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-dweller is $11,350.
Rolex was not only plumbing the depths; it was also casting its gaze heavenward at the moon and stars with the newest model in its elegantly appointed Cellini collection, the Rolex Cellini Moonphase — a watch that features a patented, astronomical moon-phase function, a meteorite-appliqué moon, and an Everose gold case.
e 39-mm case of the Rolex Cellini Moonphase is made from Everose gold, a proprietary alloy that mixes gold, copper, and a touch of platinum, and sports a polished finish. It features the double-domed, fluted bezel that is a hallmark of the Cellini collection, a domed, solid screw-down caseback; a domed sapphire crystal with nonreflective coating on both sides; and a screw-down crown for a water resistance of 60 meters. Its white lacquered dial — swept over by rose-gold hands and punctuated by rose-gold hour appliqués — opens up at the 6 o’clock position to reveal a blue enameled disk displaying the full moon (represented visually by a round fragment of rhodium-plated meteorite applied to the disk), the new moon (represented by a thin, silver ring), and a field of stars. e pointer at the 12 o’clock position on this subdial points to the correct moon-phase as the two moons rotate through the lunar cycle.
Along with the phase of the moon (and the time), this watch displays the date with a crescenttipped blued hand pointing to a 1-through-31 scale printed around the dial’s circumference. e movement driving all of these functions is Rolex’s manufacture Caliber 3195, with a patented module for the moonphase indication, which is engineered to be astronomically accurate for 122 years. e selfwinding movement has 31 jewels, oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vph, and carries approximately 48 hours of power reserve when fully wound. It features numerous Rolex-developed technical innovations, including a paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring with Rolex overcoil and a high-performance Paraflex shock-absorption system.
e Rolex Cellini Moonphase is the first Rolex watch with a moon-phase produced since the 1950s. It is mounted on a brown alligator leather strap, with Rolex’s adjustable folding “Crownclasp” in 18k-everose gold to match the case. Like all Rolex watches since 2015, it is covered by the brand’s Superlative Chronometer certification, indicating that the fully assembled watch has passed a battery of tests of its precision, power reserve, water resistance, and self-winding efficiency. e final cased watch is guaranteed an accuracy of -2/+2 seconds per day, a rate more than twice what is required of a Cosc-certified chronometer. e watch is priced at $26,750 and carries an international five-year guarantee.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-dweller Ref. 126600
Rolex Cellini Moonphase Ref. 50535