Underwater exploration

Digging deep within themselves

Pushing boundaries, going where no one has ever been before, defying their own limits to achieve incredible feats… and then doing it all over again. The Rolex Deepsea graces the wrists of men and women who, each in their own discipline, know how to overcome pressure to achieve their objectives and carry on, pushing themselves ever further.


Rolex Testimonee since 2013

Don Walsh

Don Walsh and Jacques Picard

A historic record

In 1960, US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard set a diving record when they descended to a depth of 10,916 metres (35,813 feet) at the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean.

Attached to the outside of their bathyscaphe, the Trieste, was an experimental watch: the Rolex Deep Sea Special. It withstood the phenomenal pressure that reigns at this depth without suffering any damage whatsoever.

The Trieste’s historic dive was more than a record-setting voyage. By accomplishing their mission, the two oceanographers opened a window to the world of the abyss, which most researchers had considered devoid of life. The Trieste mission was, therefore, a vital step towards raising awareness of the need to protect the depths of the oceans.

It would take another 52 years for filmmaker James Cameron to repeat Walsh and Piccard’s feat. He descended to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in 2012 with another experimental watch attached to the arm of his submersible: the Rolex Deepsea Challenge, specially developed for the occasion.

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Under The Pole Expeditions

Ghislain Bardout and Emmanuelle Périé-Bardout

Ghislain Bardout and Emmanuelle Périé‑Bardout
Underwater divers

Exploring the depths, from the poles to the tropics

Since 2010, these deep divers have been relentlessly crossing the world’s seas, combining science and underwater exploration. Their first expedition was called Deepsea Under The Pole by Rolex, at the end of which Emmanuelle Périé‑Bardout stated that, “The only diving instruments which performed all the time were our Rolex Deepsea watches.”

Through DEEPLIFE, the most recent exploration programme launched in 2022, the explorer duo and a team of scientists are studying deep-sea marine animal forests across the globe. This new series of expeditions is part of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021–2030) and is supported by Rolex and its Perpetual Planet Initiative.

Rolex Testimonee since 2012

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

From green to D‑blue

In 2019, Tiger Woods completed one of the most remarkable comebacks in the history of sport when, at the age of 43, he triumphed at Augusta National Golf Club – 22 years after claiming his first Masters title. At the victory ceremony, he donned the famous Green Jacket and held aloft the trophy with his D‑blue dial Rolex Deepsea on his wrist. With his 15th Major title, he further cements his place just behind the legendary Jack Nicklaus in the history of golf.

During an illustrious career, Woods has held the title of World No. 1 for longer than any other golfer. Among his many achievements, he is the only player to have won four consecutive Majors, a feat now dubbed the Tiger Slam. The American’s perpetual quest for excellence has inspired millions of players and captivated people far beyond the world of golf.