If you’re a golf fan, you know Tiger Woods just pulled off one of the biggest comebacks in golfing history. He won his 80th PGA golf championship this past weekend after a 5 year hiatus. Not to mention a spinal surgery just over a year ago. Welcome back to the game, champ!
Can you guess what wrist bling Tiger was seen flashing around the course? His 11-under-par performance was accompanied by a Rolex Deepsea. It only makes sense that the best of the best would wear the baddest of the bad.
Rolex has a history of sponsoring elite athletes in sports from racing to the NBA, and Tiger’s been a brand ambassador since 2011. The Deepsea may seem like an unlikely choice for a golfer given it’s larger 44mm face, but Tiger’s an avid diver.
Let’s look a bit closer at the Rolex Deepsea:
Rolex Deepsea 116660
This is Rolex elite when it comes to strength, durability and boldness. The Sea-Dweller Deepsea models are still relatively new to the Rolex line, first seen in 2008 with reference number 116660. Key features include the Ringlock System- a powerful central ring, steel loop and titanium alloy back system that withstands immense pressures to 12,800 ft. below sea level.
Another element that ranks the Deepsea supreme in diving watches is the Helium Escape Valve. To fight off sickness after extremely deep ventures, professional divers pause in decompression chambers to allow gases they’ve absorbed throughout the dive to dissipate.
Helium is the biggest culprit to invade the bloodstream. These minute particles also seep into watch crevices, popping out the protective dial crystals during ascension. The Helium Escape Valve senses and regulates gas pressure by releasing any build up that occurs en route to the surface.
The original Deepsea was only released with the black dial option in Steel with a 3135 movement.
Rolex Deepsea 126660
The Deepsea 126660 maintains the key Ringlock System and Helium Escape Valve elements for champion diving. Only a few upgrades have been initiated recently.
The latest Deepsea version was released at Baselworld 2018 with a wider bracelet to better suit the massive 44mm case. Secondly, the Deepsea received an upgraded caliber 3235 movement from the initial 3135 movement.
An upgraded movement offers fundamental improvements in terms of precision, power reserve, resistance to shocks and magnetic fields, not to mention convenience and reliability. It incorporates the new Chronergy escapement patented by Rolex, combining high energy efficiency with true Rolex dependability.
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The famous Deepsea
You’re probably familiar with the fading blue to back gradient of the Rolex Deepsea D-Blue dial (like the one Tiger was seen wearing) originally released in 2014. A rare instance in which Rolex commemorated the one and only 2012 Deepsea Challenge expedition featuring James Cameron and his dive to the ocean’s deepest point at 35,787 feet. It’s unlike Rolex to design a watch based on one single event or person, but this record shattering, ground breaking event deemed worthy.
Not that any of them will be diving to the literal depths of the ocean anytime soon, but David Beckham, Stephen Curry and Charlize Theron have all been photographed in a Rolex Deepsea.
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