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The Rolex Divomet Prototype Complete With Bakelite Bezel: A Rolex What Now?

by on Oct.21, 2010, under Review

Check out the rolex divomet prototype…booyah!

It’s pretty rare that we get to introduce you guys to an entirely new product from Rolex.  Their line has stayed shockingly consistent over the past 70 years or so, and well, by now, you know what it consists of; Submariner, GMT, Datejust, Day-Date, Daytona, et. al.

Last week we showed you a Rolex that featured a Louis Cottier engineered world-time movement, and now we’re here to show you an actual Rolex prototype that has never been seen before.

The Rolex Divomet was an in-house designed diving meter with the purpose of reading the depth of oceans or lakes; one hand indicating the feet 10 by 10, the second hand showing the relevant feet. A bracelet passes through the circular crankcase which contains the mechanism as found in a Bourdon manometer.

The Divomet, we are safe to assume, was developed in hopes to be used by Jacques Piccard and Donald Walsh in their descent in the Trieste to the deepest known point on earth (the Mariana Trench in the Pacific).  There, they used the Rolex Deep Sea Special strapped to the outside of the bathyscaph. 

The Rolex Divomet never made it out of prototyping and was, up until this very item surfaced, totally undocumented.  It is interested to note that the Divomet features a bakelite outter ring, just like you’d find on the early Rolex GMT 6542s made at the same time. 

This particular (and particularly awesome) piece of Rolex dive history is coming up for sale at Christies November 15th Geneva sale and has a pre-sale estimate of roughly $16,000-$21,000.  Click here fore more details.


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