Flash News: Rolex Deepsea D-Blue Dial

By Thierry Ané on August 5, 2014

I think I will never understand why the unveiling of a new Rolex causes such a stir! Recently, Rolex put an announcement on their web site and Facebook page for a new release on August 4, 2014. Consequently, most of the watch community was waiting impatiently yesterday for the release of what everybody had guessed would be a dial variation of the Deepsea.

The Sea-Dweller Deepsea could be regarded as the “body-builder” version of the Submariner Date. With its steel bracelet and case, black dial and bezel, dots and batons hour markers, and characteristic hands the Deepsea truly looks similar to the brand’s most famous diver’s watch. The most significant difference is that it is the only Rolex model apart from the Yacht-Master II to boast a contemporary 44 mm diameter.

Although this chunky Deepsea has its aficionados, the Submariner Date remains the brand’s top-selling diving model and the prospective buyers are offered a wide range of interpretations: a model with green dial and bezel in steel, a version in white gold with blue dial and bezel, blue or black versions in yellow gold, and even blue or black bicolour models!

Yesterday, Rolex introduced the first alternative to the black dial in the Sea-Dweller Deepsea collection. No upheavals though, as the new Deepsea D-Blue Dial only differs from its predecessors by the dial: it now sports a beautiful gradient from deep blue at the top to black at the bottom, mirroring the colour changes as you dive deeper into the ocean. The “Deepsea” inscription has moved to the 6 o’clock position, and is now green instead of white, a reference to James Cameron's green submarine.

All the rest is unchanged: same stainless steel case and bracelet, same unidirectional bezel with black Cerachrom inserts, and same self-winding 3135 calibre. All the pre-announcement excitement and all the post-announcement articles published on this watch just for a new dial colour… As I said in the introduction, I really don’t see why people are always so excited about these watches. I think that Rolex could have at least changed the colour of the Cerachrom bezel to match the dial.

Even though I prefer this version over the previous one, it is not original enough for me to want to buy it. For those still interested, the retail price will be £8,250.

For more information please visit the Rolex web site.

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