In early November 2022, Rolex launched a new deep-sea challenge model, the Deepsea Challenge, model 126067, which broke the record with a waterproof depth of 11,000 meters and became the diving watch with the most profound waterproof depth in the world of famous watches. Coupled with a titanium shell, it was named “Titanium Ghost King” among players. The public price is 203,200 yuan.
But at the same time, the size of the “Titanium Ghost King” has reached an astonishing 50mm and a thickness of 23mm, which has also caused widespread controversy among players.
Rolex “Titanium Ghost King” Deep Sea Challenge 126067
It is typical for the Rolex “Titanium Ghost King” to break diving records.
It is reasonable for Rolex’s “Titanium Ghost King” Deep Sea Challenger to break the record because Rolex has achieved a waterproof depth of more than 10,000 meters in history. Still, it has yet to be mass-produced, and they are all technical verification watches. They are:
In 1960, the Rolex Deep Sea Special technical verification watch, with the submersible, dived to the bottom of the Mariana Trench at 10,916 meters.
In 1960, Rolex dived into the Deep Sea Special technical verification table of the Mariana Trench.
In 2012, the Rolex Deepsea Challenge technical verification replica watch, with the submersible, dived to the bottom of the Mariana Trench at 10,908 meters.
In 2012, Rolex dived into the Deepsea Challenge technical verification table of the Mariana Trench.
After over 60 years of accumulation of watch technologies verified by two significant technologies, Rolex has finally mass-produced diving watches with a waterproof depth of 11,000 meters and started selling them. This is today’s “Titanium Ghost King” deep-sea challenger.
“Titanium Ghost King” Deep Sea Challenge
Why is the Rolex “Titanium Ghost King” waterproof up to 11,000 meters?
The core waterproof technology of the Rolex “Titanium Ghost King” Deep Sea Challenge is the fake Rolex patented RING LOCK system. We can see that the words RING LOCK SYSTEM will be written on the outer circle of the disk of “Titanium Ghost King” and the regular version of DEEPSEA.
Rolex Deep Sea Challenger, with RING LOCK written on the disk.
Rolex Deep Sea Challenger, luminous effect
The RING LOCK system is a super waterproof structure unique to Rolex. The sapphire mirror of “Titanium Ghost King” is 9.5mm thick. The sapphire crystal is locked on the “compression steel ring” (the outer ring part with the RING LOCK SYSTEM written on the dial is the “compression steel ring”), and a titanium bottom cover is used. When the sapphire mirror of the watch is subjected to enormous water pressure, the pressure will be transmitted to the “compression steel ring” and the titanium bottom cover. The “compression steel ring” compression resistance is three times that of Rolex 904L steel; the titanium bottom surface has a certain degree of elasticity and can be deformed under pressure. The two work together to relieve and release the water pressure.
Rolex RING LOCK structure.
Except for the RING LOCK system, other parts of the “Titanium Ghost King” Deep Sea Challenger are the same as the regular Rolex Sea-Dweller and DEEPSEA. There is an automatic helium escape valve on the side of the case, and the crown has a triple lock. Although the official label of “Titanium Ghost King” is 11,000 meters waterproof, according to the water pressure test of Rolex and COMEX, the actual waterproof of “Titanium Ghost King” can reach 13,750 meters.
It can be seen that the sapphire mirror of the Rolex Deep Sea Challenge is 9.5 mm thick.
Rolex “Titanium Ghost King,” why use a titanium case?
Because the “Titanium Ghost King” deep-sea challenge type is too big. The size is 50mm, and the thickness is 23mm. If you don’t use titanium but a steel case, the weight of this watch is really “unable to wear” on the average person’s wrist.
The Rolex “Titanium Ghost King” deep-sea challenger is too thick.
The “Titanium Ghost King” Deep Sea Challenge is the first mass-produced and sold titanium case watch in the history of Rolex. The case and bracelet are all made of titanium. Rolex’s titanium metal is named “RLX Titanium.” Although before the “Titanium Ghost King,” Rolex also exposed the existence of a 42mm titanium-hulled yacht, the 42mm titanium-hulled yacht is just an “experimental watch” and has not been officially released.
Rolex’s 42mm Titanium Yachting “Experimental Watch.”
Titanium shell, in addition to being light, another feature is high hardness. Therefore, after using the titanium case, the “Titanium Ghost King” treatment method is different from that of ordinary steel and gold case Rolex. In Common Rolex, all the sides of the case are polished, but the issue of “Titanium Ghost King” is brushed on a large area, and the sides of the case are also brushed, which is very rare in Rolex. The reason is that the hardness of the titanium case is higher than that of the steel and gold case, and it is difficult to polish, so the available titanium case watch has a large area of wire drawing. But one of the details is that Rolex polished the case edge and crown shoulder guard of the “Titanium Ghost King,” which increased the case’s complexity. Some people believe that the nuanced treatment of the titanium shell also confirms the special status of the “Titanium Ghost King” and its rare output.
It can be seen that the sides of the case are all brushed, and the edges are polished. The dot in the middle is the automatic helium exhaust valve.
Regarding movement, “Titanium Ghost King” uses Rolex’s new 32 series movement, specifically 3230 without a calendar, 70 hours of power, certified by the Super Observatory, and has a daily error of +2/-2 seconds. Everyone knows the Rolex 32 movement so I won’t repeat it here.
Rolex “Titanium Ghost King” deep-sea challenge type, the bottom cover has the dates of diving in the Mariana Trench in 1960 and 2012.
Can the Rolex “Titanium Ghost King” be the king?
Can, but among the players, there are arguments.
In terms of performance, the waterproof depth of 11,000 meters is the first in the world among famous watches, and there is no dispute.
However, because the Rolex “Titanium Ghost King” Deep Sea Challenger, with a size of 50mm and a thickness of 23mm, has exceeded the size of a regular watch, there is controversy among players.
Rolex “Titanium Ghost King” deep-sea challenge type, the hands-on effect, it can be seen that it is too big and too thick.
Rolex watches have always been designed to be comfortable to wear. Not to mention the journal type, water ghost, and Daytona. Even the Rolex Ghost King DEEPSEA, which is waterproof to 3900 meters, has a size of 44 mm and a thickness of 17 mm, which can be worn commonly. The Rolex “Titanium Ghost King” is 50 mm long and 23 mm thick. It can be worn hard, but it is not suitable.
Rolex “Titanium Ghost King” deep-sea challenge, hands-on effect.
There is a view that Rolex launched the “Titanium Ghost King” deep-sea challenge model to fight against Omega. In March this year, Omega launched the Seamaster Ocean Universe 6,000 meters. At that time, it became the world’s number-one watch with a waterproof depth of 6,000 meters. Only eight months later, Rolex beat Omega’s 6,000 meters with the “Titanium Ghost King” deep-sea challenge record of 11,000 meters waterproof and regained first place. But the same problem is that the Omega Ocean Universe is 6000 meters, the size is also controlled at 45.5 mm, and the thickness is more than 17 mm. Omega 6000 meters, I have seen all versions, and I have gotten started, and I can indeed wear it. Some players believe that the overall performance of Omega 6000 meters is better.
Rolex “Titanium Ghost King” Deep Sea Challenge
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 6000m, titanium case model.
The Rolex “Titanium Ghost King” Deep Sea Challenge is the world’s number one luxury watch. There is nothing wrong with it, but it is not perfect. I hope Rolex and Omega continue to “compete for hegemony” and force both parties to make better watches. This is much more exciting than changing the “dial paint color” every year.
- Model: m126660-0001
- Case Thickness: 18mm
- Series: Sea-Dweller Deepsea
- Case Size: 44mm
- Brand: Rolex
- Gender: Men’s
- Dial Color: Black Dial
- Band Width: 22mm