25 Nov 14, Sofia
The partnership between James Cameron and Rolex started a couple of years ago when they started a common project. Together with other companies they created a submariner called Deepsea Challenger, whose target was to reach the deepest known point of the Earth – Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench of the Pacific Ocean. James Cameron himself piloted the submersible and the mission was successful. He is the first man to reach the deepest point of the Earth alone.
Besides his impressions from another world, Cameron collected materials for a new 3D movie, entitled “Deepsea Challenge”.
During the mission in 2012 Cameron was wearing a Deepsea model, while the submersible was carrying a specially made experimental Rolex Deepsea Challenge watch on its hydraulic manipulator arm and two others attached to its hull. By scaling up the technology developed for the Rolex Deepsea divers’ watch, waterproof to 3,900 metres (12,800 feet), Rolex engineers created an experimental model capable of withstanding the crushing pressure of about 12 tonnes on the crystal. The Rolex Deepsea Challenge watches emerged unharmed from this cold, dark and barren world some 11 kilometres below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. They kept time perfectly throughout nearly seven hours beneath the water, as Cameron demonstrated by looking at the watch on the manipulator arm at the bottom of the Mariana Trench.
In honour of this successful mission Rolex announced its new model Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea D-BLUE DIAL with a two-colour gradient dial from brilliant blue to bottomless black, while the green color of the Deepsea lettering is associated to the color of the submersible.