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The History of the Rolex Sea-Dweller

The Sea-Dweller shares a resemblance to other Rolex dive watches because it is a direct descendant of the Submariner. Developing water resistance in their watches was one of the qualities that helped establish Rolex as the company they are today. They began with the Oyster case in the mid 1920s and continued to push the limits further. The Submariner followed in the early 1950s and garnered the respect from the professional divers who tested them. Years later in 1963 as Rolex continued to develop their watches, the Sea-Dweller was introduced and tested in the deepest known part of the ocean, the Mariana Trench… and survived to tell the tale.

What makes the Rolex Sea-Dweller so desirable?

Part of what makes the Sea-Dweller so sought after by collectors is the romance behind the tooly character of the model. Of course, most people won’t (and can’t) ever use the watch to its fullest capabilities, but that isn’t the point of owning this watch anyway. There is a small sense of adventure and exploration that the wearer gets to experience, knowing that so few watches have gone where the Sea-Dweller has. For those collectors who prefer a larger piece or enjoy wearing a less-common watch, these models are a great alternative to the more-popular Submariner.

Why buy pre-owned Rolex Watches and the Sea-Dweller?

With the current state of the Rolex stainless-steel sports models’ popularity, the preowned market is the best option for finding an available Sea-Dweller. The Sea-Dweller has quite a few collectable dial variations going back to the earliest models. As such, there is a great deal of variety when it comes to Sea-Dwellers on the pre-owned market. If you are in the market for a Sea-Dweller, Watchbox’s global inventory is the best place to start your search!

About the Rolex Sea-Dweller

The Sea-Dweller is a thick, 43mm slab of the most hard-core dive watch that Rolex has ever offered. These were built with the professional diver in mind, and they share an unmistakable resemblance to the ever-popular Submariner, especially in their dial layouts. The modern Sea-Dwellers have a water resistance of a whopping 1220m (4000 ft), which is over 4 times that of the Submariner. The stand-out features of the SeaDwellers are the fully graduated 60-minute bezel and automatic helium escape valve on the side of the case. There is a special edition Sea-Dweller dubbed, “The Deep-Sea”, which utilizes Rolex’s Ringlock system to achieve a water resistance rating of an unimaginable 3900m. The Deep-Sea has an uncommon gradient dial that fades from a light blue to a rich black, reminding the wearer of the diminishing presence of light as divers go deeper into the depths.