Rolex Sea Dweller vs Sea Dweller Deep Sea - Are large watches getting too big?  1 Comments


When the original Rolex Sea Dweller was released several decades ago, it was considered a large watch for its time. Though it was sized similar to the ubiquitous Submariner, it was made thicker to improve its depth capability to 4000 ft. Its replacement is the Sea Dweller Deep Sea that has tripled its capability to 12800 ft. Unfortunately this means the watch had to be made even bigger. This set of images was taken with an iPhone at a recent get together with a few collector friends. The Deep Sea is much thicker and larger and one could only appreciate how much bigger it is by making a side by side comparison.

Not obvious in these images is that the watch sits very tall on the wrist and dwarfs average wrists. The bracelet that it comes with was a surprise to all as it is no larger than the original Sea Dweller. With the increased dimensions of the watch the bracelet is imbalanced. While the Deep Sea is a monumental achievement in depth capability and made of the best materials available, it is not a watch that is meant for every day use. While the original Sea Dweller has become somewhat of a collectors piece, it is still very much a tool watch capable of being work for work or play. Its now anonymous design (due to so many variations from other brands with the same look) makes it an easy wear even while travelling. The new Deep Sea however which is more than double the price of the original, will probably become a rarefied watch for collectors of diving watches.



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