You’ll find a wide variety of vintage watches at Azzi Jewelers in Lansing, MI, but when it comes to discovery and innovation, they don’t hold a candle to the Rolex Deepsea-Dweller. How did this classic timepiece earn its reputation? Keep reading to learn more.
The Deepsea Challenge
On July 20, 1969, a man set foot on the moon. On August 25, 2012, the Voyager 1 satellite became the first man-made object to leave the solar system and explore the universe beyond Pluto. The volumes of information on the galaxy and its planets are immeasurable. Mankind knows far more about the universe beyond this planet than he does the depths of the ocean—that is, until recently. The same year Voyager left this galaxy, another mission was launched to explore the mysteries of the Pacific Ocean. Filmmaker and ocean explorer James Cameron was aboard the submarine Deepsea Challenger when it set the record for deepest dive in human history in the Mariana Trench. The exact depth of the trench is still unknown, but Cameron’s vessel hit bottom at 10,898 meters. To put that in perspective, Mount Everest, the tallest mountain on earth stands at 8,844 meters high. In addition to millions of dollars’ worth of scientific equipment, Cameron also strapped an iconic timepiece to the arm of the submarine: a Rolex Sea-Dweller watch.
Rolex and the Sea: A History
Rolex is an industry leader when it comes to waterproof timepieces, having created the first waterproof watch in 1926. While other watchmakers claimed the term “water resistant,” Rolex was crossing the English Channel. Mercedes Gleitze was the first woman to cross the channel, and she kept track of her journey with the specially designed Rolex Oyster around her neck. At the end of her 10-hour swim, the watch was still ticking, the internal parts completely dry. The Oyster proved itself again in 1933 when it accompanied the Marquis of Clydesdale on his flight over Mount Everest. If a Rolex could endure 10 hours in the English Channel and high-pressure environments, surely it could endure a deep-sea dive. In 1960, Jacque Piccard and Don Walsh braved the Mariana Trench in their submarine, the Trieste. The Rolex Deepsea Special accompanied them on this historic journey and became the first watch to survive the crushing depths of the Pacific Ocean.
The Deepsea Sea-Dweller
Forty-two years after the historic voyage of the Trieste, James Cameron followed in history’s footsteps with his submersible and the latest from the Deepsea Rolex experimental line. The Deepsea D-Blue Sea-Dweller debuted in 2014 to commentate Cameron’s historic voyage. The Rolex made for Cameron’s expedition was considerably larger and heavier than the commercially marketed D-Blue model. The D-Blue has a diameter of 44 mm and a thickness of 17.7 mm. Both models use Rolex’s patented Oyster and Ringlock systems. The D-Blue has a waterproof rating up 3,900 meters and a load resistance of 3.1 tons, which makes it the perfect watch for scuba divers and deep-sea explorers.
You don’t have to be an underwater explorer to enjoy this beautiful timepiece. The Rolex Deepsea-Dweller is a must-have for any watch enthusiast's collection. For more vintage and modern Rolex watches in Lansing, MI, check out the selection at Azzi Jewelers, a Rolex Dealer, in Lansing, MI. (517) 332-7900
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