Rolex has launched a new version of its deep-diving replica Rolex Deepsea watches. The new model features a dial that is dark blue at the top, and then darkens gradually to black at the bottom. Rolex calls the dial treatment “D-blue.”
Aside from the dial, the watch, called the Rolex Deepsea D-Blue Edition, is identical to other Rolex Deepsea models, which are water-resistant to 3,900 meters thanks to what Rolex calls its “Ringlock System,” a combination of protective features that include a steel compression ring that surrounds the movement and supports the caseback and crystal.
Rolex unveiled the watch Aug. 4 at a screening of a new 3-D documentary that Hollywood director James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar) made about his 2012 dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest point of the ocean anywhere on earth, in a one-man submersible called the Deepsea Challenger. Affixed to the submersible were three specially made Rolex Deepsea replica models, two on its hull and one on the robotic arm used to gather rock and animal samples for scientific study. All three watches survived the dive unscathed (although the robotic arm did not: it malfunctioned during the vessel’s three-hour stay at the bottom of the seven-mile deep trench).
One of the watches makes a cameo appearance in the film when Cameron looks out the window of the submersible and notes that the watch is still running. Rolex (along with National Geographic) sponsored the movie, called “Deepsea Challenge 3D” and has hired Cameron as one of its brand spokespeople. The movie screening took place in New York at the American Museum of Natural History. Scroll down to see photos of the new Rolex replica watches.