By James Stacey / BLOOMBERG
TTSD, baby! While I don’t think I ever so much as considered the possibility of a two-tone Sea-Dweller, now that it’s here, it makes more sense than I might have expected.
This new Sea-Dweller, reference 126603, remains 43mm wide with a tapered oyster bracelet but now, we have a bevy of gold accents and an updated 3235 movement. If you want to take some gold to 4,000ft (1,219m) under the water, Rolex can now make that happen. Lucky you!While I am in no way a blanket supporter of two-tone watches, few do the look better than Rolex, and the Rolesor Sea-Dweller rocks 18k yellow gold on the markings of the Cerachrom bezel, the bracelet centre links the crown, the markers and the hands. Even the model designation “Sea-Dweller” is printed in a yellow gold colour to lock in the general scheme. I think that within the vibe of a two-tone watch, the Sea-Dweller looks great with a bit of gold. It takes a serious concept — a purpose-built tool watch for extreme environments — and adds a bit of levity.
The TTSD is technically the same as its all steel predecessor, using Rolex’s modern calibre 3235. This movement offers enhanced protection against magnetic interference, a Parachrom hairspring, a Chronergy escapement, and a power reserve of 70 hours. It’s a perfect example of how Rolex makes improvements that most people never hear about or understand, but that make the watches better in real, tangible ways.
On wrist, the Sea-Dweller is no less chunky than the steel version, but the gold feels somehow more in line with this model’s entirely over-built perspective. Two-tone has long been a popular model within the Submariner range, so why not a Sea-Dweller to match?
I think if you just want a Sub, you buy a Sub. But if you’re open to something a bit more fun, a bit more “why?”, the Sea-Dweller is cool and this two-tone version is a bit more flashy and makes me dream of a day where we see a solid gold Sea-Dweller. It’s chunky, it’s got some gold, and it retails for US$16,050 (RM65,324). Be still my (currently) gold-plated heart. — Bloomberg