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Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller 126660 D-Blue Watch Hands-On

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Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller Reference 126660


For 2018, Rolex updates their "Beast" – releasing the Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller Reference 126660 with a nice little refresh. It features a few aesthetic updates, easily missed if you're not familiar with the model, and their recent 3235 movement featured in last year's popular black "Cyclops" Sea-Dweller. It seems Rolex's strategy with the ref. 126660 was more along the lines of taking collectors' suggestions to heart, and creating a modern refresh that stays as close to the original as possible. We will quickly take a look at what those changes are, and how they affect the overall product line.

The Rolex Deepsea fake watch is the largest watch in Rolex's current collection – hence, the "Beast." I've found that unlike with a number of the big brands, it's rare to find an enthusiast who finds the Deepsea as simply "alright." It's typically a love-it-or-hate-it relationship and that's what makes the watch so uniquely positioned within their catalog. Basel has had so much Pepsi and Root Beer hype this year that the Deepsea refresh has flown largely under the radar – admittedly mostly due to the lack of any sweeping aesthetic changes or major developments to the model.
 

dial


Let's start with the dial. That James Cameron Diving Blue, aptly named "D-Blue," is still the prominent eye-catching feature, although there is an all-black "traditional" model released that we will share with you later. The indices are a hair smaller, with the stick indices at 6 and 9 o' clock being a smidge thinner (I know, very professional verbiage). Additionally, the font of the "Original Gas Escape Valve" and "Ring Lock System" has been adjusted to match the "Deepsea" text on the dial instead of the "Superlative Chronometer" of 2014's model. The last thing Rolex tightened up was the length of the seconds and minute hands. Instead of falling slightly short of the inner and outer edges of the chapter ring indices, they have been extended by about a millimeter to allow the hands to perfectly align. Unfortunately, and to the groan of a lot of enthusiasts, no text has been removed from the dial. However, I do feel the newest model looks tighter, though I would have preferred the Ring Lock to be a bit smaller allowing for the dial to appear slightly larger.
 

case


Moving on to the 44mm stainless steel case, Rolex has "re-designed" the lugs – AKA, given them an ever-so-slight rounded taper and small size adjustment. The lugs are about a millimeter thinner than the previous version of the watch. To account for that, the bracelet has been widened by about a millimeter, and is also slightly more tapered to accommodate.

 

movement


Further, the movement goes through Rolex's meticulous certification process. In 2015, Rolex, discontent with the current certification process, refined a separate and more meticulous certification method. This includes not only the COSC certification on the movement itself, but further testing with the movement inside the watch. The Calibre 3235 fitted in the new Deepsea has gone through the re-vamped certification process under these strict guidelines. This means the watch runs at +2 seconds per day and features a 5-year warranty – an added sense of value and quality for purchasers.

 

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