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Baselworld 2017 – Rolex Sea-Dweller Single Red Ref. 126600 (43mm, Cyclops, Calibre 3235) – with Price

| By Brice Goulard | 2 min read |
Rolex Sea Dweller Single Red 43mm cyclops 3235 ref.126600

Here it is… The big one for Rolex this year, the one that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the model, the new Sea-Dweller Single Red. More than expected to be launched, Rolex actually surprises us with a watch featuring a vintage reference. Unusual… But in fact, besides this red line, there is much more to be seen in this new Rolex Sea-Dweller Single Red Ref. 126600.

Rolex Sea Dweller Single Red 43mm cyclops 3235 ref.126600

First things first, Rolex does celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sea-Dweller, a watch launched as a professional tool in 1967, and the first watch commercialized with a helium escape valve. For once, Rolex includes a vintage reference in one of its models, clearly not what we expected, but yet exactly what the collectors were waiting for: a “red Sea-Dweller”. Indeed, the name of the watch, just like in the old days, is printed in that bright red color that most vintage collectors praised. Still, besides that, this new Rolex Sea-Dweller Single Red Ref. 126600 has much more to offer.

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Rolex Sea Dweller Single Red 43mm cyclops 3235 ref.126600

The case here does evolve. Not in material (904L stainless steel), not in shape (still the traditional and iconic Rolex dive watch look) but in size. The Rolex Sea-Dweller Single Red Ref. 126600 does indeed measures 43mm, meaning that it has grew of 3mm, compared to the previous Sea-Dwelelr 4000 ref. 116600 introduced in 2014 – which doesn’t appear on Rolex’ website anymore. For the rest, the helium escape valve is in its right place and the ceramic bezel too, with a fully graduated 60-minute scale. The Sea-Dweller Single Red Ref. 126600 is still water resistant to 4000ft / 1220m. It features an oyster bracelet with Oysterlock safety clasp and diver extension.

Rolex Sea Dweller Single Red 43mm cyclops 3235 ref.126600

In terms of evolutions, we also note the apparition of a cyclops on the dial, something rather surprising as the model never was fitted with it before. Very Rolex in the look, this cyclops will certainly please modern collectors, maybe vintage passionates. It will be a matter of perspective. The hands and the markers are equal to the previous model, of course enlarged to fit the new 43mm diameter. They are all coated with the usual blue Chromalight luminescent material.

Rolex Sea Dweller Single Red 43mm cyclops 3235 ref.126600

Last but not least, the 2017 Rolex Sea-Dweller Single Red Ref. 126600 now features the latest generation of movement by Rolex, the Calibre 3235 (same as Datejust 41), with the 70h power reserve, Chronergy escapement blue Parachrom hairspring, high-capacity barrel, efficient gear train and new self-winding module. The design and finishing of the movement has also been greatly improved compared to the older 31xx series.

The 2017 Rolex Sea-Dweller Single Red Ref. 126600 will be available at CHF 10,800. More later when we’ll have our hands on the watch.

10 responses

  1. As Odysseus might have said: oh, ye heavens, not another bloody Cyclops!

  2. Having a date complication is useful, and cyclops makes the date more legible. It’s an elegant design solution: it betters legibility with a “drop of water”. I understand the original Sub was a no-date, but the date function makes the Sub such a versatile adventure/office piece. I’m not a fan of the size increase though…

  3. As per other commentator – what’s the point of this? Surely it will not have people flocking to seadwellers instead of a sub date. As most people do not dive to 1200 metres, the only differentiation here is some red text on the dial.
    Full disclosure here though, I do own the 4000 and the lack of cyclops plus the less steroidal lugs plus the measured case size is really what set it apart for me. But then I am more a fan of my older subs and GMT and their size and proportions. Each to their own I guess 🙂

  4. I have the sea dweller 4000. I actually wished it came in 42mm. I like this update. Not a big fan of the Cyclops but everything else is awesome.

  5. How to totally spoil the sea dweller , its now more like a poor brother the Deep Sea . So happy they did this , it will free up funds to buy the 60th anniversary Speedmaster .

  6. If only no cyclops…

    Recently sold a 50th An. Sub LV as the cyclops drove me nuts in the end.

    My OCD could not handle the lack of symmetry and the way it distorts the beautiful hands moving underneath.

    This new SD makes me adore the Tudor Pelgaos LHD even more…

  7. Does anyone who who has this watch in stock in London? It’s for my 50th birthday!

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