Rolesor in the deep – the Rolex Sea-Dweller Reference 126603

The Rolex Sea-Dweller Reference. 126603To say there was quite a bit of controversy when Rolex unveiled the two-tone Sea-Dweller ref. 126603 at this year’s Baselworld is, at the very least, an understatement. In fact, there was nothing short of a litany of disparaging comments, which varied greatly in context, and ranged from questioning the two-tone Sea Dweller’s validity as a proper dive watch, to whether or not Rolex had completely taken leave of their senses. Keyboard warriors and vocal detractors aside though, and more than six months on from the notorious reveal, has the Rolex Sea-Dweller been an unmitigated failure, devoid of appreciation or desirability? Of course not … in fact, rather unsurprisingly, Rolex has got another hit on their hands, with the figurative queue for the new TTSD at most authorised dealers stretching well into 2020. And putting aside all the nonsense about “it’s not a real diver’s watch!”, it’s pretty easy to understand why it has quickly garnered a popular following. For a start, the Sea-Dweller’s hefty 43mm case size, for some, makes it a much more compelling proposition compared to the daintier proportions of its smaller sibling, the Submariner. And previously, if you wanted a two-tone steel and yellow gold dive…

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