fbpx

Rolex Sea Dweller VS. Rolex Submariner: Which diver watch is better?

Use this comprehensive comparison to find out which one of these two Rolex diver watches is best for you.

We are often asked questions about the various different diver watches from the most popular luxury watch brands as well as the differences between the different diver watches within a single brand. Our various Rolex dive watch comparisons are made to enable you to make an educated and informed purchase decision about a watch by putting the information in an easy to read format.
Divers are always looking for better equipment. It can be the difference between a successful dive and a catastrophic dive. In some cases having better equipment means you have a better chance of coming out alive. Rolex makes several watches that are great for diving. Their oyster cases lock down like a mini-submarine hatch and are pretty much born to take the plunge.
The two Rolex diver watches that we will compare today are the Rolex Sea-Dweller 43mm / Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 VS the Rolex Submariner Date. At first glance or to the untrained eye these watches look almost identical with very few yet subtle aesthetic differences. As we compare the Rolex submariner VS Sea-Dweller in greater detail you will find that they are quite different. Below is a summary of the things that these two watches have in common and the pros and cons describing the features that make each one unique. For your convenience, you can use the buttons below to view the two collections now. Otherwise, proceed with the comparison below.
               

Common Features

  • Both of these Rolex watches use the 31-jewel, Rolex Calibre 3135 movement.
  • Both the Submariner Date and the Sea-Dweller 4000 have an approx. 50-hour power reserve. The Sea-Dweller 43mm has a 70-hour power reserve.
  • Black "Cerachrom" bezel insert which is made of a hardened ceramic that is very durable and resistant to scratches. In addition, Cerachrom has great anti-corrosion properties and won't color fade when exposed to UV rays for long periods of time.
  • Polished stainless steel-rimmed bezel with a ribbed edge for a sure grip.
  • Patented "Triplock" crown which locks the crown down the Oyster case making it as tight as a submarine hatch.
  • Bracelet fitted with the patented Glidelock Extension System buckle - a secure deploying style with adjustments in 2mm increments to a total of 20mm without the need for tools.
Rolex Sea Dweller 4000 Watch

Rolex Sea Dweller 4000

The most impressive feature of the Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 and the newer 43mm Sea-Dweller is the difference in Water Resistance when compared to the Rolex Submariner. While serious diving calls for a minimum of 1650 feet and up of water resistance, the Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 boasts a whopping four thousand feet of resistance. See the pros & cons.

PROS

Water Resistance
Higher water-resistance of 4000ft / 1220m
Precious Material Used
Matte platinum-coated numbers & graduation indexes
Visibility
Long lasting blue luminous material
Bezel
The Sea Dweller 4000 features a full 60 seconds on the second track located on bezel itself whereas the Submariner has only 15 seconds printed on the bezel between the 12 o'clock and 3 o'clock position

CONS

Price Tag
Slightly higher price tag.
Material Options
Only available in a stainless steel case.
Case Thickness
This watch has a thicker case
Rolex Submariner Watch

Rolex Submariner Date

The one aesthetic difference that stands out the most is the Cyclops magnifier over the date of the Submariner while the Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 is lacking one. However, the newer Rolex Sea-Dweller 43mm does have a cyclops magnifier over the date window. For some people, this may be a deal-breaker since the date magnifier is one of the most widely used and distinct features found on most Rolex watches. There is also the functional value of the magnifier.

At Baselworld 2017, Rolex introduced a new 50th Anniversary edition, a new and larger 43mm Single Red Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller Reference # 126600 which now includes a Cyclops magnifier just like the Sub and has the name Sea-Dweller in red on the dial. This new version uses the Rolex Calibre 3235 movement which has an impressive power reserve of up to 70 hours. It also has the highly legible Chromalit display, a practical feature for an adventure to the abysmal subaquatic depths commonly explored by diving professionals.

Another plus side of the submariner series is that there are many more models in several materials and color combinations compared to the SD 4000 which is only available at the time of writing this in stainless steel with a black dial and black Cherachrom bezel insert. See Pros and Cons:

PROS

Price Tag
Slightly lower price tag
Date Magnifier
Has the cyclops date magnifier
Case Thickness
This watch has a case that is less thick
Styles
More choices of colors & materials

CONS

Water Resistance
The Submariner only has 1000 feet / 300 meters of water resistance which is a quarter of that of the Sea-Dweller which has 4000 feet / 1220 meters of water resistance
Bezel
Only a partial minute and second track is displayed on the bezel
Power Reserve
The Rolex Submariner Date has a shorter power reserve duration than the Rolex Sea-Dweller 43mm which has come to replace the older Sea-Dweller 4000 models
 
Brand: Rolex Rolex Rolex
Series: Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date Sea Dweller 4000 Sea Dweller 43mm
Model #: 116610LN 116600 126600
Status: Available Discontinued Available
Size: Men's Men's Men's
Case Material: Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel
Dial Color: Black Black Black
Bracelet/Strap: Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel
Clasp Type: Folding Clasp With Safety Latch Folding Clasp With Safety Latch Rolex Folding Oysterlock Safety Clasp
Movement: Automatic Automatic Automatic
Bezel: Uni-Directional Rotating Uni-Directional Rotating Uni-Directional Rotating
Crystal: Scratch Resistant Sapphire Scratch Resistant Sapphire Scratch Resistant Sapphire
Case Back: Solid Solid Solid
Water Resistance: 300m/1000ft 4000ft/1220m 4000ft/1220m
Case Diameter: 40mm 40mm 43mm
Power Reserve: 48 Hours 50 Hours 70 Hours
  Add to Cart   Add to Cart

Did you enjoy this comparison? Check out another one of our comparisons

 

Rolex Deepsea VS Rolex Sea-Dweller

Omega Seamaster VS Rolex Submariner

Rolex Yacht-Master VS Rolex Yachtmaster II

Rolex Datejust VS Rolex Datejust II

Omega Planet Ocean VS Omega Seamaster

Not sure if either one of these collections is the right one for you?

View all collections & series from this brand

Rolex Sea Dweller VS Rolex Submariner Footer

If you enjoyed this comparison and feel that others would enjoy it too, please like and share it. Thanks!

By

Follow us on Instagram for great luxury watch photos

Trending Articles

IWC Pilot Watches

IWC Pilot Watches

What's the best IWC pilot watch for you in 2019?

Read more

Know Your Watches

Know Your Watches

Must-Know Luxury Watch Brands.

Read more

Sporty Watches

Sporty Watches

TAG Formula 1 Quartz or Automatic? Which should you get?

Read more

In The News

In The News

You'll cry if you see what Dr. Strange did to his JLC watch.

Read more

 

 

© 2019 Prestige Time LLC - All Rights Reserved  |  PrestigeTime.com  - The Most Trusted Name in Luxury Watches - Online Since 1999!

For more reviews, comparisons and specials
Join Our Mailing List