About Rolex Sea-Dweller

The Rolex Sea-Dweller was introduced in 1971 and discontinued in 2008. Prior to the release of the DEEPSEA, it was largely the same watch as the Submariner. The only real differences are the thicker and heavier steel case, thicker crystal with no cyclops eye, and the helium escape valve useful only to deep divers. In the late 60s, the original model was rated for 2000 feet and called the "Rolex Submariner 2000 Sea Dweller". It lost the "Submariner 2000" part of the title in 1973. The past issue, model 16600, was rated to 4000 feet and is sold only in steel for a $6,400 retail until 2008. The Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA, model 116660, has replaced the Sea-Dweller model 16600 and retails for $12,050. The DEEPSEA model offers a greater depth rating (to 12,800 feet) along with a thicker, larger case and the improved "Glidelock" buckle