Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
The Sea-Dweller is the stuff of legend — the ultimate expression of Rolex’s ambitions to create the world’s best dive watch — and proof that Rolex is King of the Seas.
This journey began with the Submariner in 1953, but exploded in trajectory in 1967 with the launch of the first Sea-Dweller. The addition of the helium escape valve (HEV) and successively better technology has resulted in watches capable of withstanding thousands of meters of depth.
A big brother to the iconic Submariner, the Sea-Dweller is, thicker, meaner, and deeper in every way. It was also the first model to feature a Helium Escape Valve fitted to a commercially-available Rolex.
Sea-Dwellers did however, retain one shared dimension as the Submariner for decades: its diameter. That is, until now!
These days, the current-generation Sea-Dweller, the Reference 126600 which we have here, comes in at a noticeably larger 43mm in diameter, further distancing it from the current Submariner (41mm in diameter).
Other than its increased size, the only noticeable change at A first glance is its use of a magnified sapphire crystal for the first time. Other than that, the Reference 126600 packs all of the features that we have come to expect with a contemporary Sea-Dweller, featuring a signed Triplock crown, a unidirectional rotating dive timing bezel with a fully-graduate black ceramic insert, a glossy black dial with applied luminous indices and red "Sea-Dweller" text, a matching handset, and a matching stainless steel Oyster bracelet with Rolex's fantastic Glidelock clasp with a diving extension.
There’s simply no denying that the Sea-Dweller is the supercar of divers — a title it’s held for decades, and one it won’t be relinquishing any time soon!
From the early waterproof Oyster case of the 1920s through to the ultra-complicated Sky Dweller of today, Rolex models and innovations have captivated a global audience and permeated the zeitgeist unlike those of any other brand. Whether it’s a simple, time-only Air King, a function-first Submariner or a complicated GMT Master II for the jet set, a Rolex commands a certain respect on the wrist and says something about the discerning eye of its owner.
From the swimming of the English channel in 1927 to the scaling of Mt. Everest in 1953, Rolex watches have been associated with adventure for the better part of a century. Despite its association since the 1970s more with luxury and status than with commando operations behind enemy lines or sporting achievements, Rolex still makes one of the most robust timepieces available on the contemporary market. And the company continues to support scientific endeavors around the world.
Interestingly, for most of the firm’s history, Rolex largely did not produce its components in-house, including its movements. (Indeed, hand-wound Daytonas sold today at auction for eye-watering prices feature run-of-the-mill Valjoux movements that feature in watches from hundreds of other brands). It wasn’t until the early 21st century that Rolex became the vertically integrated manufacturing behemoth that it is today, purchasing everything from movement manufacturers to bracelet companies. (Notably, the Crown even forges its own gold.)
Whether one is attracted to the rich history of the brand or simply finds its products notable from an investment perspective, Rolex is a company whose wares are guaranteed to remain a benchmark for horological quality forever.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.