The new version of the Sea Dweller will be released for 2014. The older version of this watch might be, behind the Submariner, Rolex's most popular watch. The past version was water resistant to 3900m and had a massive case. The new version is a bit smaller. Water resistant to 4000 ft (1220m) the case isn't as thick or as wide as the old version. For people with smaller wrists who want a Sea Dweller but just can't wear it because of the size, this is good news. The new Sea Dweller (Ref 116600) is a more reasonable 40mm in diameter, however, this watch keeps all the good features found on the regular Sea Dweller including the ceramic bezel, automatic helium escape valve, the oyster bracelet, and the lack of the date magnifier. However, there is one exception, this watch has the Rolex Glidelock & Fliplock clasp, an upgrade from the older version. It uses the same movement Rolex has been using since the 1980's, the Calibre 3135. There has been much debate on this movement as to whether Rolex should keep it or get rid of it or at least update it. I mean, Rolex hasn't changed the movement since it was introduced. Regardless, this is still a great movement as proven by it's long career. This watch has all of the positive features found on Rolex watches combined into one including: clasp, bezel, water resistance, helium escape, classic design, movement, and the Fliplock and Glidelock clasp. You know what that means?, this watch has staying power and it will be very popular which is good news for Rolex and bad news for anyone who wants the watch.
Jake Fogarty is the founder of It's All About Watches and writer for most of what you will read here. If you want to contact me you can visit the contact and advertising page.
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