ROLEX SEA-DWELLER AND ROLEX DEEPSEA

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Man­u­fac­tur­ers of pro­fes­sional divers’ watches es­sen­tially mea­sure their prod­ucts against th­ese two Rolex mod­els. While the case of its “lit­tle sis­ter” (the Sub­mariner) is 12.5-mm slim and can pass as a sporty and ele­gant dress watch, the ap­prox­i­mately 15-mm-thick Sea-dweller (shown at right in its brand-new ver­sion) and the whop­ping 17.7-mm-thick Deepsea (be­low) are gen­uine pro­fes­sional in­stru­ments. The Sea-dweller stays wa­ter­tight to 1,220 me­ters while the Deepsea keeps its feet dry all the way down to 3,900 me­ters. Out­stand­ing features of th­ese 43-mm and 44-mm mod­els in­clude Rolex’s spe­cial stain­less-steel al­loy (which is un­com­monly re­sis­tant to cor­ro­sion by sea­wa­ter), scratch-re­sis­tant bezels made from a ce­ramic de­vel­oped by Rolex, an au­to­matic man­u­fac­ture cal­iber with chronome­ter cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, helium valves, and fold­ing clasps with in­tel­li­gently con­ceived divers’ ex­ten­sions. The many tech­ni­cal ad­van­tages help jus­tify the price: $11,350 for the Sea-dweller and $12,050 for the Deepsea.

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