Underwater exploration

Rolex and exploration

World of Rolex

At Rolex, we believe in the spirit of adventure that lies within each man and woman. This innate potential gives incredible individuals the courage to follow their passion and reach beyond the limits of their own mental confines. Discover the Rolex World of Exploration.

Ocean Exploration
Rolex Deepsea Watch

The Rolex Deepsea Challenge

Rolex and exploration

The Rolex Deepsea Challenge

The story behind the making of this experimental divers’ watch starts and finishes at Rolex headquarters in Switzerland, where the watchmaker’s know-how and the expertise of a highly specialized team were put to the test — and proven successful — in yet another pioneering endeavour.

James Cameron

Rolex and exploration

Although best known as an Oscar-winning film-maker, James Cameron is also an intrepid explorer, inventor and avid creator of cutting-edge technology. Cameron’s passion for engineering and fascination with the ocean led him to launch the DEEPSEA CHALLENGE expedition, in collaboration with Rolex and National Geographic. On this expedition, Cameron – a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence – descended 35,787 feet (10.908 km) to reach the Challenger Deep, the ocean’s deepest point located in the Mariana Trench, in his specially designed submersible DEEPSEA CHALLENGER. A Rolex Testimonee since 2013, James Cameron is the only individual ever to complete the dive in a solo vessel and the first person since 1960 to reach the very bottom of the world.

Deep diving

THE DEEPEST DIVE

Rolex and exploration

In January 1960, Rolex accompanied the submersible bathyscaphe Trieste on the historic U.S. Navy dive to the Mariana Trench, reaching 10,916 metres (35,800 feet) onto the ocean floor.

Rolex and the Deepest Dive
Deepsea Under the Pole by Rolex

DEEPSEA UNDER THE POLE BY ROLEX

Rolex and exploration

Deepsea Under the Pole by Rolex is a pioneering expedition and an innovative human adventure that combines ski trekking and scuba diving in one of the toughest climates on the planet, the North Pole. The expedition members were equipped with Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea watches designed for divers. The goal of this fantastic experience was to make more than 50 dives under the Pole, take as many amazing and enthralling photos as possible and gather a lot of data about snow, fauna and ice measurements.

Scuba diving
ROLEX DEEPSEAD-BLUE DIAL

ROLEX DEEPSEA
D-BLUE DIAL

The Oyster Perpetual

The Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea is the ultimate reference, chosen by professional divers when precision and reliability are paramount. A new-generation divers’ watch engineered for extreme depths.