Future Classics: The Rolex Sea-Dweller ref. 16660 “Triple Six”
In the third portion of our profound jump into the Rolex Sea-Dweller history, we investigate the ref. 16660. Regularly nicknamed the “Triple Six” and thought about a temporary reference, this Sea-Dweller achieved numerous progressions to Rolex’s outrageous jumper’s watch. How about we investigate the Sea-Dweller ref. 16660 “Triple Six” in more detail.
When the first Deepsea showed up, with a waterproof rating of 12,800ft, it was something of a prompt assessment splitter, with many pondering exactly who precisely it should be for. What type of superhuman might actually be needing a watch developed to endure a dive multiple occasions further than the Sea-Dweller, a model that had in every case handily been a counterpart for the thorough universe of commercial immersion plunging?
In reality obviously, the appropriate response was nobody. It was all things considered, a continuation of the Rolex soul. The explanation the incredible watchmaker has now entered its second century at the front line of horology is its consistent endeavoring to be better—than its competitors, yet in addition better than it was itself yesterday.
Rolex made the Deepsea on the grounds that they were capable to make it. Furthermore, that was apparently a sufficient explanation behind them.
The way that it doesn’t have the comprehensive allure of its jumping kin, or a significant number of the other instrument watches in the reach, isn’t especially significant. It is an accomplishment of designing brightness and evidence that the crown actually leads the waves.
The Stainless Steel SeaDweller 1665 is the originally included watch in our Sea-Dweller series.
The Design Improvements of the Sea-Dweller Triple Six
The then-new and now vintage Rolex Sea-Dweller ref. 16660 Triple Six bragged bounty changes. Initially, its water opposition multiplied to 4.000 feet (1,220 meters). As an apparatus watch situated for remote ocean jumpers, this was surely a useful and amazing improvement. The improved water profundity rating was thanks partially to a bigger helium get away from valve (HEV). A brisk invigorate, the HEV is the Rolex-licensed component that permits watches to appropriately decompress while reemerging. That is, the HEV naturally delivers developed helium (and other gasses) from the watch. The delivering of the gasses basically standardizes contrasts in interior and external pressure, in this manner keeping the gem from blasting off or other harm to the watch.
The Rolex Sea-Dweller ref. 16660 can go to a profundity of 4000 ft.
The Rolex ref. 16660 Triple Six was likewise the primary Sea-Dweller with a sapphire gem securing the dial. Obviously, sapphire gem is currently standard across all Rolex watches, particularly valued for its scratch obstruction. Like all renditions of the Sea-Dweller (up until the latest variant delivered at Baselworld 2017 ) the sapphire precious stone of the ref. 16660 does exclude a Cyclops amplification focal point over the date window. Since all other Rolex date models include the Cyclops focal point, this is a plan detail that sets the Sea-Dweller separated from the rest and is valued by many.
Also, sitting on top of the ref. 16660 watch was presently a unidirectional bezel rather than a bi-directional one. Needless to say, this is a lot more secure for jumpers since overestimating submersions times is obviously better than disparaging them.
The Improved Caliber of the Sea-Dweller Triple Six
In expansion to the above modifications, the Sea-Dweller ref. 16660 additionally had another programmed type ticking inside. The new model housed Caliber 3035, which supplanted the Caliber 1575 of the past Sea-Dweller ref. 1665.
The new Caliber 3035 worked at a higher recurrence—28,800 beats each hour rather than 19,800 bph. In addition, it was additionally more stun safe—a much-appreciated component for a powerful jump watch.
A overly useful update that the Caliber 3035 brought to the Sea-Dweller ref. 16665 was the quickset date highlight. This currently implied that wearers could set the date rapidly, freely of great importance hand.
The Dials of the Sea-Dweller Triple Six
As with numerous vintage Rolex models, there are a few dial variations of the Sea-Dweller ref. 16660. The main group of the Triple Six models (chronic numbers: about 5.9 million to about 8.5 million) highlighted a matte dark dial without encompasses on the round tritium hour markers. Furthermore, among these matte dark dials, there are two principle renditions—Mark I and Mark II.
- MK 1: Shorter Rolex coronet under 12 o’clock. The “f” in “ft” is over the letter “E” in “SUPERLATIVE.”
- MK 2: Longer Rolex coronet under 12 o’clock where now and then the crown really contacts the reversed triangle above it. The “f” in “ft” is over the letter “V” in “SUPERLATIVE.”
Can you surmise which dial this Sea-Dweller has?
Following the matte dials, Rolex furnished the Sea-Dweller ref. 16660 with gleaming dark dials with white gold on the round tritium hour markers. The principal cluster of these gleaming dials (Mark III) really had two intriguing subtleties. The first was that the hyphen among “Ocean” and “Occupant” was not, at this point included. The second was that these new lustrous dials had an imperfection, which made them break or “spyder.”
Rolex helped the circumstance and presented a second form of the polished dial (Mark IV) with no breaking issue and the arrival of the hyphen. The crown was additionally marginally prolonged and the textual style somewhat modified. It’s important that the once reflexive dials are turning matte as they get more established. True to form, this is presently something that has provoked the curiosity of vintage Rolex gatherers worldwide.
There were additionally COMEX dials of the Sea-Dweller ref. 16660 Triple Six, however we will cover these top to bottom in another article devoted to COMEX Rolex Sea-Dweller watches. So stay tuned for that one.
What comes after the Sea-Dweller 16660?
The momentary Sea-Dweller ref. 16660 Triple Six was underway for 10 years where it was ultimately supplanted by the ref. 16600 of every 1988. The Sea-Dweller ref. 16600 will, normally, be the subject of our next part on the Sea-Dweller history , so make a point not to miss that one.
What are your considerations on the Sea-Dweller Triple Six? Are you an aficionado of the Sea-Dweller model in general?
Read the past portion on the Sea-Dweller 1665 known as the “Incomparable White” .