One of the greatest tales in horological history is the monumental dive by Captain Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard into the Mariana trench, back in 1960. They descended to a mind-blowing 10,916 meters, to the deepest point of this planet’s ocean, and returned unscathed. Attached to the outside of the Batchyscaphe Trieste was an experimental dive watch from Rolex called the Deepsea Special. This cheap Rolex replica watches is now the stuff of lore, and any time an example of the Deep Sea Special makes a public appearance, it’s news.
Then, just last year, Hollywood mega-director / National Geographic Explorer in Residence James Cameron decided he would repeat the record-setting dive into the Mariana Trench. And, Rolex being Rolex, they went ahead and created a new experimental dive watch to accompany him.
Strapped to the outside of Cameron’s vessel, the newly designed mega diver from Rolex, dubbed the Deep Sea Challenge, successfully visited 10,898 meters depth and kept perfect time. Just today, our friends at Tourneau invited us to pay a visit to see the actual watch that was strapped to the outside of Cameron’s vessel – one of three Replica Rolex Deep Sea Challenge wristwatches.
First of all, this thing is gigantic. It’s 51mm in diameter, and 28.5mm thick. Though, it sits on a standard heavy Oyster bracelet. The middle case is made of 904L steel, the caseback of titanium, and the rest nitrogen-alloyed steel. The sapphire crystal is 14.33mm thick. The Deep Sea Challenge is rated to 12,000 meters, or 39,370 feet…or roughly the flying altitude of your average transcontinental flight, cept the other direction (down, not up). It can withstand up to 13.6 tons of pressure
Here is how the original Deepsea Special stacks up to the new Deep Sea Challenge.
We have to say, it’s really great to see Rolex replica still getting involved with projects like this. They certainly don’t have to, but to understand what Rolex is today, one must understand how they got there – and it was adventures like the dive into the Mariana Trench back in 1960s that helped create the incredible brand that exists today.