Rolex takes a sporty classic in a luxe new direction.
WHAT IT IS:
The new Oyster Perpetual SeaDweller in yellow Rolesor (Rolexspeak for its combination of steel and 18k yellow gold) is a line extension of the Sea-Dweller dive watch that was updated in 2017 for its 50th anniversary. As such, it sports the new appointments, such as the brand’s magnifying Cyclops lens on the sapphire crystal, the Cerachrom bezel insert in black ceramic, and the calibre 3235 self-winding movement. This timepiece is signiﬁ cant for being the ﬁrst Sea-Dweller to be executed in yellow gold, which is subtly emphasised by the yellow “Sea-Dweller” inscription on the dial.
HOW IT LOOKS:
Rolex’s range of professional dive watches is the standard against which everything else is judged, and thus requires little introduction. The magic here is in the minutiae, from the polished and brushed surfaces of the Oystersteel components, to the impeccable ﬁnishing on the Cerachrom bezel insert. The recessed graduations on the bezel insert are particularly impressive – each is perfectly crisp, and comes coated with yellow gold to match the yellow gold components elsewhere. This is, quite simply, a luxurious execution of a beloved tool watch.
HOW IT WEARS:
This Sea-Dweller has signiﬁcant heft due to its robust case and bracelet construction, as well as its yellow Rolesor execution, which accounts for additional mass. The Oyster bracelet on this watch comes with the Rolex Glidelock extension system, which allows the length of the bracelet to be extended by up to 20mm in 2mm increments. The system was ostensibly designed for rapid adjustments when worn over a wetsuit, but promises a perfect ﬁt on the wrist for regular desk-diving. The overall result is a timepiece with reassuring weight that nonetheless ﬁts close to the wrist.
Self-winding movement with 70-hour power reserve
43mm in yellow Rolesor
TEXT CHARLIE LIM