We take a look at a new Rolex model in the third installment of our deep dive into the Rolex Sea-Dweller history. Often nicknamed the “Triple Six” and considered a transitional reference, this rolex Sea-Dweller brought about many changes to Rolex’s extreme diver’s watch. Today let’s explore the Sea-Dweller “Triple Six” in more detail.
It was something of an immediate opinion splitter, with many wondering just who exactly it was supposed to be for, when the original Deepsea arrived, with a waterproof rating of 12,800ft. What form of superhuman could possibly be in need of a fake watch constructed to survive a plunge more than three times deeper than the Sea-Dweller, a model that had always easily been a match for the rigorous world of commercial saturation diving?
In truth of course, the answer was no one. On the contrary, it was a continuation of the replica Rolex spirit. The reason the legendary watchmaker has now entered its second century at the forefront of horology is its constant striving to be better—not just than its competitors, but also better than it was itself yesterday.
The then-new and now vintage Rolex Sea-Dweller Triple Six boasted many changes. To begin with, its water resistance doubled to 4.000 feet. As a tool watch positioned for deep sea divers, this was actually a practical and impressive enhancement. A quick refresh, the HEV is the Rolex-patented mechanism that allows watches to properly decompress when resurfacing. That is, the HEV automatically releases built up helium from the watch. The releasing of the gasses essentially normalizes differences in internal and external pressure, thus preventing the crystal from bursting off or other damage to the watch.
The Rolex Triple Six was also the first Sea-Dweller with a sapphire crystal protecting the dial. Of course, sapphire crystal is now standard across all Rolex replica watches, particularly prized for its scratch resistance. Like all versions of the Sea-Dweller the sapphire crystal of the replica model does not include a Cyclops magnification lens above the date window. Since all other fake Rolex date models include the Cyclops lens, this is a design detail that sets the Sea-Dweller apart from the rest and is appreciated by many.
What’s more, sitting on top of the watch was now a unidirectional bezel rather than a bi-directional one. Needless to say, this is much safer for divers since overestimating immersions times is far better than underestimating them. A super practical upgrade that the Caliber 3035 brought to the Sea-Dweller replica watch was the quickset date feature. This now meant that wearers could set the date quickly, independently of the hour hand.