In this edition of aBlogtoWatch’s “Watch What-If,” designer Niklas Bergenstjerna takes a look at the 2014 Rolex Sea Dweller Review Replica Sea-Dweller 4000 dive watch (hands-on here), and imagines what it would be like for this icon-inspired diver to have been inspired by other natural frontiers. In a sense, the concept is “what if the Sea-Dweller 4000” was not a dive watch at all, but rather inspired by water, land, air, and space? Of course, at heart, the design of the Rolex Sea-Dweller is all about diving, so this is a mere artistic taste of what it might look like rendered as though it were inspired by something else.
Above is what Bergenstjerna calls the “Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 Land,” inspired by just that. In his words it is “a watch sprung from the deep woods. It has surfaces from the trees with earth tone colors. What about exploring the wild wearing a gold watch with a cork dial? Sure, why not! The Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 Land is the ultimate ‘gold-digger’ watch!”
The next one is inspired by the sky, namely space. This is an almost kitschy look at the achievements of space travel and how watches have been a big part of that celebration. The Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 Space is “a watch for the guys who took a giant step for mankind!” Be it in space or otherwise. It is “the no. 1 Star-Watch to wear when being among Stars!” It plays with the concept of luxury and stars (as they are part of the texture of the gold).
Is a dive watch inspired by water? Yes and no. The Rolex Sea Dweller G Series Replica Sea-Dweller 4000 Water concept is just that and take inspiration from flowing liquid and sea creatures. Niklas imagines this Sea-Dweller design as “Damascus steel with the illusion of a flowing almost liquid metal surface. It has a dial with a close-up shark skin pattern. The ultimate dive watch should look shark sharp! This is a sea creature watch to maybe love or fear. Or both!” It is an interesting and polarizing concept that once again borrows from natural textures and aesthetics.
What is interesting here is that the Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller, which clocks in at just one millimeter bigger than the newest Sea-Dweller, is graded to an astounding 12,800 feet using the Rolex Ring Lock system. Granted, the opinion isn’t just 1mm bigger than the Sea-Dweller, but also substantially thicker (although it utilizes a fantastic titanium caseback to save some weight — not found on the Sea-Dweller, new or old) however one would think if a patron was considering a 43mm super diver, he would simply take another step and have the Deepsea in exchange for a little extra heft.Now, the dial here’s something which few could complain about. And it is not two traces of text as all of us imagined it could be, but rather, just one line stating “Sea-Dweller.” As we’ve said, the earliest known examples of this mention 1665 Sea-Dweller featured only a single line of text in red on the dial; hardly any outside the dark dark world of vintage Rolex collecting know that. It has been said that there are as few as six known single red Sea-Dwellers, although a few more have been discovered as recently as March of this year. Many collectors of old Rolex watches like to whine that the company that they love so much doesn’t care about them — and in reality Rolex didn’t become Rolex by selling into classic collectors, but rather by selling new watches to the ordinary person you meet on the road (all of these). Still, every now and then we will get a signal from the crown that says “Yes, guys, we know you’re out there and we’re paying attention.” This single line of red text is among these signs.
What if the Rolex Sea Dweller O Deepsea Replica Sea-Dweller 4000 was an ultra-light-weight timepiece? That would make sense for something inspired by the air and cloud. The Rolex Sea Dweller 4000 Air concept would be “a light-weight and colored watch. High tech materials would making it extremely light yet almost indestructible. The Sea-Dweller Air gives the wearer the illusion that you better keep it on your wrist or it will simply float away like a balloon.”
Niklas Bergenstjerna is a freelance graphic designer and watch lover based in the south of Sweden. niklex.com