The machine is undoubtedly mechanically complicated, but it’s fairly straightforward and easy in use. It’s possible to truly feel that the job of the bezel as you move it thanks to very pleasantly engineered detents at every one of the setting positions, and the entire system is not only satisfying to use, but a lot of fun as well, and unlike anything you’ll find from any other brand. Setting up the watch was very simple, and, as I’ve mentioned, fun too. As I anticipated, in steel and white gold the Sky-Dweller feels quite different from the blunt opulence of the Everose model, and as it is lighter than the white gold variant, it surely appears less ostentatious. I don’t understand that the Sky-Dweller would feel particularly functional even in steel-only (though I think it would be good to have an all steel version of the opinion) as it is too big, and also brightly polished to ever project the tool-watch bluntness of some other Rolex sports models, but you don’t feel as mogul’d upward as you would with something in yellow gold or Everose. And needless to say, the steel and white gold version is virtually entirely steel anyway.Putting on the Rolesor edition of the Sky-Dweller has been a really different experience from placing on the Everose variation I wore for our very last Week On The Wrist with this particular model. As you’d expect, in 42mm in diameter and 14.10mm thick, the Everose version is a relatively heavy watch and a thoroughly luxurious one. The Rolesor version on a costume, thanks to its normally less extroverted character, feels to me, and can, I suspect, feel to anybody who travels primarily for business rather than pleasure, much lower secret; it is a much less a status-in-the-lounge and more a standing-in-line-at-a-security-checkpoint kind of watch (and I mean that in a good way).
Pull the crown out to the second place, and, depending on which position the bezel is in, you can use it to set the time, set the hour hand to local time, or set the date (there is also a neutral position for the crown as well). The annual calendar is synchronized with the hour hand, so that in the event that you happen to be traveling between the 30th and the 1st of the following month (in per month with 30 times) the calendar will automatically skip the 31st if you set the time beforehand past midnight to the new time zone. The month is indicated by a colored rectangle in one of those 12 apertures round the dial, and home time is via the 24-hour ring occupying the lower two-thirds of the dial.Operation of this Ring Control bezel and crown is very straightforward. The bezel has crisp detents at each place and hand placing of three indications (time, independent hour hand, and date) was exact as well. The Sky-Dweller, during the period I wore it, revealed almost no detectable change in speed at all; in a week of daily wear (including a trip to Geneva and back) it gained about 1.5 seconds, so you won’t need to take care of the crown quite often (once a year at the end of February, of course) but once you do, you’ll have the nice feel of interacting with a piece of strong, well made, and nicely designed machinery.The Sky-Dweller shines visually, but it shines functionally as well; in traveling with it, I found it to be an extremely enjoyable watch to use as it was created to be utilized. The only possible hiccup is that there is no way of knowing, short of memorization (or manipulating the crown) that place the bezel is in, so you can find yourself inadvertently setting something you don’t mean to set. I am not sure if a solution to this is either essential or desirable; in the abstract, it appears it would be a issue but in practice, it is pretty much a non-issue, because some of these indications can readily be put forward or backward over the off chance you change something you didn’t mean to modify.
The very first thing you do when you take possession of a Sky-Dweller is put the time and date. In an opinion with an yearly calendar and dual time zone display, this would generally involve utilizing some blend of the crown, and case pushers. The Ring Control Bezel is an alternative that permits all indications to be set with a crown which has just one setting position; even though the mechanism is quite complex (over sixty other parts) and takes a brief getting-acquainted interval, it is quite easy to use in practice.To place the moment, you first unscrew the crown and pull it out to the setting position. This stops the second hand and engages hand setting; you can then set the time. In this place the hour and the 24 hour ring have been retained synchronized.Once you’ve set local and home time, you can alter local time by unscrewing the crown and placing the bezel in its next position, by turning it to about 9:30. This engages the crown together with the placing mechanism to the hour alone, which could now be set forward or backward in one hour increments (the date will change at midnight too, either forwards or backwards as needed). Turn the bezel into the very first setting position (approximately 9:30 on the dial) and you’re able to place the date and month. There is no separate quickset for the month, so that you basically just keep turning the crown until the red indicator for the month is in the correct window (it will switch automatically in the 30th to the 1st, in 30 day months) along with the proper date is shown.
The very first thing you do once you take possession of a Sky-Dweller is set the date and time. In an opinion with an yearly calendar and dual time zone display, this would normally involve using some combination of their crown, and the event pushers. The Ring Control Bezel is an alternative which allows all indications to be set with a crown which has only one setting position; although the mechanism is quite complicated (over sixty additional parts) and takes a short getting-acquainted interval, it is extremely user friendly in practice.To place the time, you first unscrew the crown and pull it out into the setting position. Then you turn the bezel all the way to the left, as much as it will go (about 8:30 on the dial). This stops the second hand and participates hand setting; you can then place the time. In this place the hour and the 24 hour ring are kept synchronized.Once you’ve set local and home time, it is possible to change local time by unscrewing the crown and setting the bezel in its next position, by turning it to about 9:30. This contrasts the crown together with the placing mechanism to the hour hand , which can now be put forwards or backwards in one hour increments (the date will change at midnight too, either forward or backwards as required). Turn the bezel into the first setting position (approximately 9:30 on the dial) and you’re able to place the date and month. There’s no distinct quickset for the month, which means you basically just keep turning the crown until the red indicator for the month will be at the correct window (it will change automatically from the 30th to the 1st, in 30 day months) along with the proper date is shown.
An unobtrusive tool see, this isn’t — certainly not in terms of style. We wore the Everose-gold version of the watch with this installment of A Week On The Wrist, although we also had the white-gold variation (on a white-gold bracelet) for comparison purposes too, and they’re both fairly flashy watches; there’s just no getting around it. But that doesn’t necessarily indicate that they come across as gauche, either, and what you find straight away, as is ordinarily true with Rolex, is that what is really well done. Dial furniture, casework, hands, general fit and finish — what is absolutely immaculate and really sets a benchmark for build quality and quality of execution in luxury watchmaking. Yes, you expect at this price point, yes, you anticipate it from Rolex, but given how rarely luxury watches really provide in this respect it’s nice to see anyway.The fact the Sky-Dweller is so well made goes a long way toward saving it out of ostentation, and I believe that’s because the very large quality seems an end in itself, as well as a reflection of a deeper commitment to quality for its own interest. It’s a banker’s rather than an aesthete’s level of this expression of luxury, but it appears to work for Rolex — a sort of luxury that is half lavishness in materials and construction, and half an absolute, ironclad guarantee that there will not be any unpleasant surprises.
|Case material||Red gold|
|Bracelet material||Red Gold|
|Location||United States of America, Texas, Houston|
|Power reserve||72 h|
|Case material||Red gold|
|Case diameter||42 mm|
|Material bezel||Red gold|
|Dial numerals||Roman numerals|
|Bracelet material||Red Gold|
|Clasp material||Red gold|
|Center Seconds, Rotating Bezel, Screw-Down Crown|
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18k rose gold Sky-Dweller with “Sundust” dial. Model 326135 and scrambled serial.
Comes with Rolex box, instruction booklet, and hang tag only.
Total length including case measures to approximately 8″.