While the Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue Dial replica watch pays tribute to Cameron’s major achievement, under the skin it’s the Sea Dweller we already know with the Cerachrom black ceramic bezel, the case carved from a monoblock of Rolex’s proprietary 904L hardened steel, and the helium escape valve that operates like a miniature decompression chamber.
The green wording of DEEPSEA is said to represent the courage of James Cameron’s deep sea dive. The 44mm watch itself features an inky blue/black gradient dial and is water resistant to an ear popping, can crushing 3,900 metres. The rationale behind the blue to black dial is representative of Cameron’s dive into the all engulfing blackness of the depths where light can no longer penetrate.
While many, frankly too many, explorers have journeyed to the highest point on earth, Mount Everest, only two teams of intrepid explorers have ever made it to the deepest trough of our planet, scraping the ocean depths of the Mariana Trench. In tribute to the latest successful expedition, which took place in 2012 with mutli-award winning movie director James Cameron piloting his own specially built submersible, Rolex yesterday launched the mens fake Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue Dial (Ref.116660).
This watch was never commercially produced because let’s face it, how many people will ever dive to descend to those depths? The watch was so water resistant Cameron could have descended another 1,200 metres with the watch still faithfully recording the time. The Rolex Deepsea that Cameron had strapped to an exterior hydraulic arm of his Deepsea Challenger as it descended was the turbo charged 51.4mm Deepsea Challenge version capable of diving to 12,000 metres.
The innovative Chromalight display on the dial creates a distinctive blue glow which apparently lasts up to twice as long as that of standard luminescent materials. The zero marker on the bezel, in the form of a triangle, is also visible in the dark as it contains a capsule with the same luminescent material.
The innovative case architecture of the Rolex Deepsea and its Ringlock system served as the blueprint for the design of the experimental Rolex Deepsea Challenge. Rolex engineers scaled up the dimensions of the commercial Rolex Deepsea watch replica, from 44 to 51.4 mm, trading comfort and wearability for ultimate pressure resistance.