For decades, Rolex has accompanied the explorers of the deep.
The oceans, which cover 70% of the surface of the earth, represent near-infinite grounds for exploration. The relationship between the marine universe, its depths and Rolex dates back to 1926, and the launch of the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch in the world, whose name was inspired by the tightly closed mollusc. The watch’s patented case is equipped with a winding crown, which, once screwed down, seals it as securely as the hatch of a submarine and protects the movement against humidity and dust. Deep-sea diving is not only a fascinating way to surpass limits, but also a means to discover the existence of unknown species, rare geographic phenomena and historic vestiges.
Chronometric precision, waterproofness and corrosion-resistance are, of course, essential qualities for a diver’s watch. A diver must also constantly monitor his immersion time ; a rotatable graduated bezel helps ensure safety. From 1953, Rolex developed watches capable of reliably accompanying divers to depths of 100, then 200 and 300 metres for the Oyster Perpetual Submariner – and 610, then 1,220 metres for the Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller.
With the Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea, the brand descended even deeper into the abysses ; this model is waterproof to a depth of 3,900 metres. This accomplishment is the result of remarkable advanced technology.
With such watchmaking expertise, such tools, and such a capacity for research and field testing, the brand is ideally placed to actively support ocean exploration. Over the years, Rolex partnered the most noteworthy marine achievements, for example, the still unrivalled deep dive of the bathyscaphe Trieste, as well as men and women that count in the field, like internationally renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle and underwater photographer David Doubilet.