Rolex – Deepsea D-Blue Dial Edition Ref. 116660
Rolex presented another form of the Deepsea model with a two-shading gradient dial, from splendid blue to black, reminiscent of the ocean’s twilight zone where the last stream of light from the surface disappears into the dark of the void. Rolex called this dial “D-Blue”.
The 2014 form of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Deepsea (ref. 116660) is a tribute to James Cameron’s notable performance dive to the Mariana channel, the deepest point in the sea, which he reached on 26 March 2012 steering the Deepsea Challenger, a 7.3 meters (24 ft) deep-diving submersible.
The Deepsea Challenger submersible was equipped with high-definition 3-D cameras used to capture the main ever high-resolution pictures of this last boondocks. James Cameron realized a documentary film following the Deepsea Challenge adventure which was premiered on Monday 4 August 2014 in the Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
The splendid green of the “DEEPSEA” stamping on the dial is a similar shade of James Cameron’s submersible as it is perceived underwater.
Waterproof to an outrageous depth of 3,900 metres (12,800 feet), the Oyster Perpetual Deepsea keeps up all the features of the dark dial rendition presented in 2008.
The Ringlock framework, a case architecture patented by Rolex, is based on three components: a nitrogen-alloyed steel focal ring, a 5 mm‑thick domed sapphire precious stone and a case back in grade 5 titanium
With its 4 mm Oyster case reinforced with the patented Ringlock System, the Deepsea is the Rolex model for the most demanding professional divers contribution unparallelled robustness, accuracy and dependability. It features a unidirectional rotatable bezel fitted with a hour long graduated dark Cerachrom addition and it is powered by the type 3135, a self-winding mechanical movement totally developed and manufactured by Rolex.