Rolex Deepsea Ref. 126660: Malaysia Prices and Review

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Rolex keeps it cool in blue.

Rolex Deepsea Ref. 126660

While there may be many professional dive watches out there that can certainly wow you, none do it better than the Rolex Deepsea. At this year’s Baselworld fair, the iconic diving beast first seen on the wrist of James Bond in Dr No proved itself the prime choice for the diving elite yet again.

Throughout Rolex’s illustrious history, we’ve seen three Rolex diving watches taking centre stage in the sports luxury market with the Oyster Perpetual Submariner making its debut 1953, drawing a slew of recreational divers due to its modest 300m water resistance capabilities. More serious enthusiasts went for the Sea-Dweller, which was introduced in 1967 with water resistance capabilities of up to 610m (then upgraded to a cool 1,200m in 1978). Finally in 2008 came the piece de resistance, the Deepsea, capable of going a whopping 3,900m underwater.

Rolex Deepsea Ref 126660

For 2018, Rolex brings a myriad of updates to the Deepsea on the case and movement, which elevates this thick beast to an elegant masterpiece. There are a few elements in this watch to look out for with the first being the redesigned lugs and sides, as well as a broader Oyster bracelet. This allows for a better integration of both the case and the updated Oysterlock clasp setup.

The bigger change lies within the watch, which is the all-new Calibre 3235 developed and manufactured in-house by Rolex. Now more shock-resistant than its predecessor, the Calibre 3135, this new heart boasts a generous 70-hours of power reserve, thanks to a thinner barrel wall that gives more space to accommodate a longer mainspring and the patented Chronergy escapement. Made from nickel-phosphorus, the movement is also impervious to magnetic influences.

Meanwhile, the Deepsea sports its ever-popular D-blue dial that features a deep blue to pitch-black gradient, meant to evoke the mysterious intricacies of the deep blue sea. This was an innovative design launched in 2014 as a tribute to the DEEPSEA CHALLENGE expedition where Rolex, National Geographic Society and filmmaker James Cameron descended over 10,000m deep into the ocean’s deepest point, the Mariana Trench. The highly legible Chromalight appliqués offer a long-lasting luminescent, blue glow atop 18k white gold hour markers and are complemented nicely with similarly designed hands.

With an impeccable pedigree of craftsmanship and great collaborations with affluent dive enthusiasts of the industry, there’s no doubt that the Rolex Deepsea remains one of the top diving watches of the world. A handsome looking utilitarian machine laced with the latest engineering and technological innovation, the Deepsea doesn’t present itself as just a handsome boy but an intelligent and understated piece of work to be worn on your wrist.

 Case

44mm, Oystersteel

 Dial

D-blue (gradient from deep blue to pitch black), lacquer

 Movement

In-house automatic Calibre 3235

 Bracelet 

Oystersteel satin finish with polished edges

 Functions

Centre hour, minute and seconds hands, instantaneous date at three o'clock with secure rapid setting, stop seconds 

 Power  Reserve

70 hours

 Price

RM50,000

  
Leong Wong

Editor, CROWN Malaysia

A familiar face in Malaysia's horological publishing scene, Leong has been involved in lifestyle journalism since the mid-1990s. Besides watches, he takes a keen interest in cars and men's fashion.