Single Red Sea Dweller

 By: DrStrong : December 19th, 2010-04:58

another one just surfaced, amazing watch !

"I have a Sea Dweller that was given to my Father by the Rolex Co. in 1969 after he completed the longest sustained saturation dive in an underwater habitat called Tektite1." Brett Waller

On February 15, 1969, four U. S. Department of Interior scientists (Ed Clifton, Conrad Mahnken, Richard Waller and John VanDerwalker) descended to the ocean floor in Great Lameshur Bay in the U. S. Virgin Islands to begin an ambitious diving project dubbed "Tektite I".By March 18, 1969, the four aquanauts had established a new world's record for saturated diving by a single team. On April 15, 1969, the aquanaut team returned to the surface with over 58 days of marine scientific studies. More than 19 hours of decompression time were needed to accommodate the scientists' return to the surface. The United States Office of Naval Research coordinated Tektite I.

Much of the research for Tektite I centered around humans in this new environment. Topics investigated would include: biology (blood changes, sleep patterns, oxygen toxicity), decompression and decompression sickness, microbiology and mycology.

This message has been edited by DrStrong on 2010-12-19 04:58:45

For once no words can describe ....

 By: Miranda : December 19th, 2010-05:54

no wows

no phoaars

words like amazing, fabulous..... all redundent

what you have shown is the summit of Rolex collecting

it has everything



iconic status

im lost for words

all i can say is




I don't want to tease you...

 By: DrStrong : December 19th, 2010-08:49
...but if you like that stuff, I will show you something interesting in january....;-)

As if January cant come quick enough already! pffft LOL [nt]

 By: Miranda : December 19th, 2010-09:52
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To me, these watches are the very essence of Rolex

 By: Baron - Mr Red : December 19th, 2010-06:30
Pure tool watches...designed to be used in extreme environments and with the beauty of history showing the prototype testing caried out by divers such as these. To me, and i appreciate that I am biased, but to me the existance of such watches makes Rolex such an appealing make, and watches such as these remain for me the ultimate grail. jeff, great post and thanks for sharing it.

well said

 By: playtime : December 19th, 2010-06:55
watches that thrive on the edge--that is indeed Rolex....


Rolex under the pole..The DeepSea under the Pole:

 By: Miranda : December 19th, 2010-09:51

Just a reminder that even today we will find Rolex in the most extreme conditions

For more info go the Deepseaunderthepolenews.

For now lets just enjoy the Deepsea doing what it was designed for.. smile



60 days at 47 feet....

 By: BDLJ : December 19th, 2010-16:57

...that would send me loopy. Real cutting edge stuff with hypoxic mixes 8% Oxygen and no helium...

Great watch. I hope he keeps it in the family.

Didn't even knew that it existed!

 By: amanico : December 19th, 2010-23:32

We learn every day.

Cool piece of History, Jeff.


It is so unusual to see a single red line on a SD that it is quite disturbing, but I guess that we can easily and quickly get used with such a nice bird...




I wish it was mine !

 By: DrStrong : December 20th, 2010-00:51

maybe someday I will have one of these rare birds ;-)