Some watch junkies noticed something odd in "Argo," the critically acclaimed film which clocked in at second for this weekend's box office. In a number of scenes through the film, there appears to be an oddity on Ben Affleck's wrist - a modern-day Rolex Sea-Dweller Deep Sea. For a film set during the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979, the watchosphere has opined, they should have chosen a more appropriate timepiece.
Well, to that we say phooey. The Submariner, the oft-cited father of the Sea-Dweller, has been around since the 1960s and is known around the world for its classic, timeless design. Little has changed since the early Submariner days.
The actual father, or grandfather, of the Sea-Dweller is even older - in the early '50s Rolex tested the "Deep Sea Special," an incredible piece of technology that eventually reached 12,000 feet and came back unscathed.
The SDDS, which was introduced in 2008, is simply a marvelous development in the Submariner family, capable of withstanding underwater pressures up to 12,000 feet. The watch is appropriately more hefty, featuring a larger face and thicker bracelet than its father. This timepiece has been working out. An experimental version of the Sea-Dweller was taken to nearly 40,000 feet by James Cameron on his famed expedition to the lowest point of the Mariana Trench earlier this year, aptly called the Challenger Deep.
So, to the naysayers out there crying anachronism: "Argo," first of all, is a great movie. Second, Affleck's watch, whether from 1979 or 2008, is one of the greatest, most durable, coolest timepieces out there. Just appreciate it, and maybe swipe up your own Rolex Sea-Dweller.