There is of course the addition of a helium escape valve (side note: contrary to popular belief, the helium escape valve has nothing to do with a replica watch’s ability to be submerged in water. Water resistance remains untouched at 4,000 feet.There are a few unexpected touches (and by touches I mean the lightest of brushes — this is Rolex after all), such as the satin dial, the gradated minute markers on the bezel and the thicker caseback, all nods to the brand’s diving heritage. The valve simply acts as a release, allowing the build up of helium to expel safely during decompression in a hyperbaric chamber, rather than popping the crystal off) and the removal of the date cyclops, à la the Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 Replica.
That was six years ago, and only now have Rolex given in and presented hungry rolex mens replica watch buyers with what they really wanted all along: a new Sea-Dweller.But we were presented instead with the Deepsea, a forty-four millimetre slice of billet steel and thick crystal, a monster by Rolex standards and a huge divider of opinions.
If the near-£7,000 RRP is no problem for you, it’s a replica watch that won’t bite you with any nasty surprises, and is sure to carry the rock-solid residuals of its stainless-steel brethren.And it’s exactly what you’d expect. It’s well made, has a ceramic bezel, a chunkier case, comes with a superb bracelet (that’s not quite as good as its bigger brother’s) and, price-wise, sits dead in the middle of the Submariner and the Deepsea.
In among all the historical influences and traditional touches, there’s a nod — albeit a subtle one — to the gentle giant of Rolex. Remember the odd-fitting bracelet end links of the Deepsea that no one could explain? Look at the alignment between the case lugs and the end links on the new Sea-Dweller and tell me what you see.Whatever the Deepsea was supposed to be, the designers at Rolex still pay their dues to it in the design of the new Sea-Dweller.
When the Sea-Dweller was discontinued, it would have been considered a safe bet to assume a new version was on its way soon. The Submariner had been updated to the new chunkier style the year before and the GMT-Master II a year before that.
Why Rolex held off making it for so long, we’ll never know — maybe the Deepsea was a toe in the water to evaluate the trend in larger replica watches. The Submariner will always be king of the three when it comes to outright sales, but the Sea-Dweller’s name (and more wearable proportions) will draw fans in their thousands.Needless to say, the new Sea-Dweller will perform a lot better for Rolex than the Deepsea did. Or perhaps it seemed, to the people at Rolex, like a logical evolution in the Sea-Dweller line.