Into the Blue: Review of the Rolex Replica Deepsea D-Blue

When writer, director and adventurer James Cameron reached the beginning replica watches uk of the “deep sea” at a depth of 1,000 meters on March 26, 2012, safe inside his Deepsea Challenger submersible, all remaining light disappeared. But at that point, he still hadn't completed a tenth of his journey. At 10,908 meters, he landed softly on the bottom of the Challenger Deep, the deepest point in the ocean, at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Before the submersible's hydraulic arm malfunctioned, he was able to collect a sample from the seabed. The Rolex Falsi Deepsea Challenge, a prototype watch capable of withstanding water pressure to a depth of 15,000 meters, was strapped to Cameron's mechanical arm and wrist. Only two other people had preceded Cameron in this feat: in 1960, Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh arrived at this point with their diving vessel, Trieste. Additionally, an experimental diving watch from Rolex, the Deep Sea Special, was attached to the outside of the pressure chamber and survived submersions in 1960 as well as the Deepsea Challenge in 2012. Neither watch was ever produced commercially.

The Deep Sea Special was virtually unusable due to its enormous 35mm thickness and domed hemispherical crystal over the dial. The second version was noticeably smaller. It was based on the innovative case structure introduced in 2008 for the mass-produced Deepsea model, which has pressure resistance to a depth of 3,900 meters. In 2008, the Deepsea was the most pressure-resistant mechanical commercial watch available. Since then, manufacturers like Vintage VDB and CX Swiss Military Watch have made watches that can withstand even greater depths (and Omega's Seamaster Ultra Deep has since surpassed the Deepsea's depth record by several precious meters), but they tower over the wearable 18- Rolex Deepsea at least 6mm thick and appears clumsy. In 2014, Rolex introduced a special version of this extreme diving watch with “D-Blue” dial as a tribute to Cameron's deep diving.

Instead of the all-black dial, this watch has a dial replica breitling that gradually changes color from dark blue to black, like the ocean gets darker as it gets deeper. The Deepsea writing on the dial is the same green color as the paint on Cameron's submarine. While the standard Deepsea model wasn't overly popular, demand for the D-Blue largely outstripped supply, despite its higher price.In 2018, Rolex modified both versions of the Deepsea and we tested the D-Blue model. While the most noticeable difference is the wider bracelet with its larger folding clasp, overall, the proportions have a more harmonious look. The ends of the bracelet no longer protrude above the lugs. Also new is a tiny Rolex crown placed on the edge of the dial at 6 o'clock between the words “Swiss” and “made”.