Rolex Sea-Dweller: Malaysia Price and Review

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A classic resurfaces.

Rolex Sea-Dweller

To say that Rolex makes proper tool watches would be a huge understatement. As diving slowly became an increasingly popular sport and recreational activity in the mid-20th century, the development of dive watches peaked. Previously reserved for the military and professionals, commercial dive watches soon came into the picture - among the most enduring of which is the Rolex Submariner Ref. 6200, which debuted in 1954. It was the world's first commercially produced dive watch and featured a water resistance of 100m. The watch elevated Rolex's name for crafting not only a super functional timepiece but a fashionable icon as well.

Rolex Sea-Dweller

Ten years later in 1964, Rolex upped the ante with the Sea-Dweller. Made in collaboration with COMEX (a professional diving company), the watch was coined as an ultra-water resistant tool watch It featured a helium escape valve, which helps the watch maintain optimum functionality during decompression stages of a dive, and offered water-resistance to a depth of 600 metres.

Rolex Sea-Dweller

On the occasion of the Sea-Dweller's 50th anniversary in 2017, Rolex reintroduced the legendary dive watch. The latest Sea-Dweller is now larger, more robust, and flaunts even more Rolex signatures than its predecessors. There is also the addition of the iconic Cyclops lens on the sapphire crystal, common to models like the Submariner Date and Datejust, but eschewed until now that Rolex is confident of ensuring that the magnifying lens is capable of withstanding the extreme pressures of a deep dive.

Rolex Sea-Dweller

The dial also gets a slight makeover, featuring a glossy finish instead of a matte one. Another notable feature is of course the one-line 'SEA-DWELLER' text now in distinctive red (it was white before), a nod to the original Sea-Dweller Ref.1665. Adding to its dive watch legibility is its 18k white gold appliqué markers filled with Chromalight, a Rolex Super-LumiNova variant which emits a light blue lume in the dark and lasts longer. The Chromalight fillings also appear on the watch's Mercedes hour and minute hands.

Rolex Sea-Dweller

Maintaining water resistance of up to 4,000 ft or 1,220 metres, the watch is driven by a new generation Calibre 3236 movement, an upgrade from its predecessor's SD4K. It also offers an impressive 70 hours of power reserve thanks to the Chronergy escapement that increases energy efficiency by 15 per cent. A Rolex standard, the Sea-Dweller is also Superlative Chronometer certified with a precision level of −2/+2 seconds per day that's guaranteed for five years. The 2017 Sea-Dweller is a fitting 50th anniversary upgrade that stays true to Rolex's creed for not messing with a good thing - not unless one can make it better.


43mm steel




Self-winding Calibre 3235




Centre hour, minute, seconds, instantaneous date 


RM 43,340

Sim Wie Boon

Sim Wie Boon loves classy dress watches from timeless Swiss and Japanese marques. Wrist affections aside, he finds comfort in quiet rainy evenings with a hot cup of coffee and a stable internet connection.