The Rolex Watches

New Rolex Deepsea 2018

Rolex is unveiling the new Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea. It features a 44 mm case with redesigned lugs and sides and a broader Oyster bracelet, as well as a correspondingly adapted Oysterlock folding safety clasp. This professional divers' watch, is equipped for the first time with calibre 3235, at the forefront of watchmaking technology.

shop now

History

The world had entered the Atomic age and scientists wanted a wristwatch to cater to their needs. Diver’s watches needed water-resistance, pilot’s watches needed legibility and scientist’s watches needed magnetic-resistance. I’ve written before on the history of anti-magnetic watches but here’s a quick primer: High strength magnetic fields can bend and wrap the most crucial parts of a watch and prolonged exposure to magnetic fields will mess it up for good. Most watches of the time were only resistant to between 50 to 100 gauss, around the strength of a fridge magnet and a small children’s magnet. If a small fridge magnet can affect a watch, imagine what a hydroelectric dam or power station generator could do.

WHAT DOES MILGAUSS MEAN?

More from Rolex