Argo, 2013 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, is loosely based on actual events surrounding the rescue of six Americans during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Actor Ben Affleck’s character, Tony Mendez, wears a Rolex Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA in the movie. An amazing star studded feat considering the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA was introduced in 2008. Proving that timing is indeed everything, and that this watch delivers both style and transcendental presence that’s iconically in-depth – sea depth that is.
Rolex Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA presents with a bold Oyster 43 mm 904L steel case and bracelet along with a titanium alloy case back. It displays a beautiful black ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel with embedded graduations made of platinum. The black dial features a date aperture window at 3 o’clock, luminescent hour indices, hour/minute hands with a sweeping seconds hand. It has the helium escape valve with a water resistance of 12,800 feet. It has a mechanical self-winding 3135 movement with a paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA is officially certified Swiss chronometer (COSC). This timepiece has such a rich history that other watch manufacturers envy its time tested beginnings.
Rolex Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA has an impressive historical background that dates back to 1950. Professional divers saw a need for a diving watch that could withstand sea depths of 300 meters while maintaining its water resistance and functional integrity. Rolex answered the challenge and launched the development and experimentation of its watch “Deep Sea Special”. August 1953 Rolex tested Deep Sea Special with rewarding outcomes. Deep Sea Special successfully plunged three times to depths of approximately 3,543 feet, then again to approximately 10,334 feet; and later that same year the watch descended to amazing depth of 10,334 feet. In 1956 Deep Sea Special descended to an astounding depth of 12,138 feet, this dive test set the worldwide deep sea stage for Rolex to establish history in 1960 when US Navy submerged experimental bathyscaphe, the Trieste.
Rolex Deep Sea Special was literally strapped to the exterior of US Navy bathyscaphe, the Trieste, and launched into the depth of the Mariana Trench, said to be the deepest depression on the Earth’s surface. The deep sea dive established records for both the Trieste and Rolex Deep Sea Special, as both emerged from ocean depths of 37,800 feet unscathed and perfectly functional. This amazing dive changed both deep-ocean exploration and established Rolex as the most water resistant and reliable watch manufacturer. Such an amazing beginning for a watch that has managed to evolved from the iconic Sea-Dweller Submariner 2000 (Reference 1665) to the ever illustrious Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA timepiece. This is one transcendental watch connoisseurs will definitely want to add to their watch collection. (Reference 116660)