We’re spending the last long weekend of summer underwater, and we invite you to jump in with us. All the way through Labor Day, we’ll be filling the site with the best, most hard-core dive watch stories from the past 10 years. This is one.
On January 23rd, 1960 the Bathyscaphe Trieste reached the Challenger Deep (the deepest point of the southern portion of the Mariana Trench) with two men inside: Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard. The successful mission was part of Project Nekton, a US Navy effort to survey the deepest point in the ocean.
But there was another successful mission that day, as well; outside the submersible, a Swiss made super clone Rolex Deep Sea Special was strapped to the vessel. That was example number 3, and it’s in the Smithsonian Museum now.
Example number 1 of that same watch belongs to Reza Ali Rashidian, the co-author of A Journey Into The Deep, and one of the foremost perfect UK super clone Rolex dive watch collectors out there. This Talking Watches episode will leave you more knowledgeable about Rolex’s early effort in the dive watch category and the larger world of undersea exploration in the era that the AAA best super clone watches were used in.