In 1960, an experimental Rolex Deep Sea Special watch was strapped to the hull of the Trieste and emerged in perfect functioning order after withstanding the immense pressure that exists 7 miles below the surface
In March 2012, The DEEP SEA CHALLENGER Submarine, manned by director and National Geographic explorer James Cameron, took a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Sea-Dweller prototype diving watch strapped to it's manipulator arm to a depth of nearly 11,000 meters (36,089 ft.) to the ocean floor, renewing the engineering challenge that Rolex took 52 years ago. To achieve water resistance under these conditions, the watch case has a diameter of 51.4 mm (2.02 inches) and a thickness of 28.5 mm (1.12 inches) the domed synthetic sapphire crystal is 14.3 mm (.56 inches)
One of the DEEP SEA SPECIAL Rolex watches Jacques Piccard attached to the Trieste in 1960 to set the world depth record.
Josh Bonifas and subsea explorer Dr. Phil Nuytten at the Fourtane commemorative celebration of the 1960 Deep Dive
Fourtane is extremely proud to once again celebrate a monumental achievement as Rolex continues it's legacy in pioneering the deep sea trench in a ground breaking exploration not seen in over half a century