The Rolex Deepsea D-Blue 116660 Watch
Last year Rolex stunned the watch world by doing something completely unique for them; they released a watch mid year – the new Rolex Deepsea D-Blue 116660 watch . And boy did they ever! In honor of James Cameron’s historic DEEPSEA CHALLENGE dive into the very heart of the Mariana Trench, some 7 miles below the surface of the ocean, Rolex released The Deep Blue Seadweller. This watch has a bi-colored dial of blue across the top and black on the bottom to signify the depth of the dive below the surface. It has DEEPSEA in luminescent green on the dial, which was the color of the submersible piloted by Cameron on his dive. And most amazingly, the watch is water proof down to 12,800 feet with each watch individually tested in a specially built stainless steel hyperbaric chamber in Geneva, designed by the dive company, COMEX, which itself has a rich history with Rolex. This watch can withstand the pressure from the deepest parts of the ocean! Most watches can only dream of going where this monster of the deep can go. Here at Harold Freeman Jewelers we have the honor of being one of the very few Official Rolex Jewelers to have this amazing timepiece. This watch, in all its amazing bi-color dial glory, is barely visible above the surface of the Sea. Finding one available for purchase takes the skills of a persistent treasure hunter! It is in very short supply and in very great demand!
But why, you might ask? What makes this Kraken of the watch world such an elusive and yet, in demand beast? Well, for one thing, its size. The Rolex Deepsea D-Blue 116660 watch measures 44mm from stem to stern, port to starboard. Most small schooners aren’t that gargantuan! The crystal on the watch is 5 millimeters of domed mineral sapphire! Most men’s wedding bands are 5 millimeters thick! The case of the watch is die-struck from a single block of 904L chromium alloyed steel and fitted with a case back in grade 5 Titanium. What does that mean, you might ask? Well try this on for size: “This alpha-beta alloy (grade 5 titanium) is the workhorse alloy of the titanium industry. The alloy is fully heat treatable in section sizes up to 15mm and is used up to approximately 400°C (750°F). Since it is the most commonly used alloy – over 70% of all alloy grades melted are a sub-grade of Ti6Al4V, its uses span many aerospace airframe and engine component uses and also major non-aerospace applications in the marine, offshore and power generation industries in particular. Applications: Blades, discs, rings, airframes, fasteners, components. Vessels, cases, hubs, forgings. Biomedical implants.” and Rolex Deepsea D-Blue case backs! Rolex has, in their own words, over-engineered this denizen of the Deep. It is a massive piece of Blue and Black dial deliciousness that, once you see it and slap it in your wrist, will have you searching for this Blue Moby Dick much like Ahab searched for his obsession! And if you get the chance, harpoon this mythical beast and drag it into your collection! You’ll thank me if you do…
What else sets this monster apart from every other dive watch out there? How about the uni-directional 60 minute Cerachrom diave bezel, or the screw-down Triplock crown system, both patented by Rolex? Maybe its the fact that the movement, Rolex calibre 3135, is also a Certified Chronometer? Or that inside that COSC Certified movement you’ll find more Rolex genius on display in the form of the Parachrom Blue Hairspring, which is “crafted from a highly stable paramagnetic alloy that includes niobium and zirconium, it is insensitive to magnetic fields and up to 10 times more resistant to shocks. Historically, the unique blue colour of the hairspring has been a sign of prestige reserved for only the most accurate timepieces.” This is also a Rolex patented invention. As is the helium release valve, which allows for the escape of gases picked up during deep underwater dives. Even the clasp of the new Rolex Deepsea D-Blue 116660 has been over-engineered by Rolex. It is designed to open up by 26 millimeters to allow for quick fitting even over a bulky deep dive wetsuit. And you can do it with dive gloves on! Even the large markers on the watch face are amazing Chromalight luminescent dots which actually glow blue. Let’s face it; everything about this watch screams, “Put me in your collection or you just won’t be satisfied ever again!” Okay, maybe it doesn’t actually scream that, but it is certainly a watch that you should consider adding to, or even starting, your collection of Rolex watches with. That is, if you’re brave enough to venture into deep water and hunt for it in the murky, black depths…..
Suggested List price $12,350.00
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