From a NASA-funded underwater project to a hyperbaric tank, the link between deep-sea pioneers and Rolex

Dr. Sylvia A. Farle
Dr. Sylvia A. Farle, captain of the five-woman team of scientist-aquanauts tests 50 feet down in Caribbean waters  Credit: Getty Images

Earlier this year at the Baselworld watch fair, Rolex unveiled its first ever two-tone Sea-Dweller, a watch that is historically steeped in underwater exploration and designed specifically for use by professional divers.

A stalwart of the Rolex sports watch line, the Sea-Dweller has had an uninterrupted run of 52 years and has been strapped to the wrists of a variety of aquanauts as they face some of the most challenging and dangerous sub-aquatic missions to ever take place.

While most Rolex sports watches have at some point been produced in gold and often adorned with precious stones, the Sea-Dweller has always resisted such make-overs, steadfastly remaining a no-nonsense, stainless-steel tool...

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