The Sky-Dweller has always had a somewhat contradictory character. It’s the most complicated watch Rolex makes (in terms of mechanical complexity, it is only rivaled by the Yacht-Master II) and if it had been introduced in 2012, it was only available in precious metals. At the exact same time, it is clearly designed to be an extremely practical watch — lasting, simple to use, and easy to live with, even under the stress of navigating the planet’s increasingly unfriendly skies. But in 2017, Rolex introduced two Rolesor versions of the Sky-Dweller (Rolesor is the organization’s term for its combinations of steel with white or yellow gold) which instantly made this most functional of complex watches, immediately more accessible. In Everose and onto a strap, the Sky-Dweller is a $39,550 watch, and in white gold on a white gold bracelet it’s $48,850, which clearly produces precious metal variations of this Sky-Dweller as much announcement bits as anything else. (Jay-Z was regularly spotted wearing a yellowish gold Sky-Dweller, for example.) Though we’ve done A Week On The design using a Sky-Dweller earlier, that was an Everose version with a strap and with the newer, less overtly luxurious models out, we believed this could be a good time to revisit that the Sky-Dweller. The newest variant in steel, using a white gold bezel, is now the most inexpensive version, at less than half of the cost of the metal versions, and that’s the one we selected for our newest A Week On The Wrist.The Sky-Dweller is a combo of two complications: a dual-time zone, or GMT complication, and an yearly calendar. The former is easy to comprehend: the watch shows time in two time zones and has an hour hand which can be independently set, forward or backwards, in one-hour jumps.
Pull the crown out to the second position, also, depending on which place the bezel is in, you can use it to place the time, place the hour to local time, or place the date (there’s also a neutral position for the crown as well). The yearly calendar is synchronized using the hour, so that in the event that you just happen to be traveling between the 30th and the 1st of the next month (in a month with 30 times) the calendar will automatically skip the 31st in the event that you set the time beforehand past midnight to the new time zone. The match is indicated by a colored rectangle in among 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 the Ring Control bezel and crown is very straightforward. The bezel has sharp detents at each place and hand setting of all three indications (period, independent hour hand, and date) was exact as well. The Sky-Dweller, throughout the time I wore it, revealed virtually no detectable shift in rate at all; at a week of everyday wear (including a flight to Geneva and back) it gained about 1.5 seconds, and that means you won’t have to take care of the crown quite often (once annually at the end of February, of course) but once you do, you’ll have the pleasant feel of interacting with a piece of strong, well made, and well designed machinery.The Sky-Dweller shines visually, but it excels functionally too; in traveling using it, I discovered it to be an extremely enjoyable watch to utilize as it was designed to be used. The only possible hiccup is that there’s no means of knowing, short of memorization (or manipulating the crown) which position the bezel is in, which means it is possible to find yourself inadvertently setting whatever you do not mean to place. I’m not sure if a remedy to this is either necessary or desirable; at the abstract, it appears it would be a problem but in practice, it is pretty much a non-issue, as some of these indications can readily be set forward or backward on the off chance you change something you didn’t mean to modify.
The date can be read by checking the windows over the hour markers; because there are 12 weeks in a year, you can easily tell what month it’s from the position of the red month mark. Reading home time is straightforward too; it’s show by the rotating 24 hour ring which sits at the reduced 2/3 of the dial (the triangle in 12:00 indicates that the hour). This has the advantage of also showing whether it is AM or PM at home. The yearly calendar is linked to local time, which is shown by the hour hand, so that the date shown (assuming you have set the time correctly forwards or backwards for the new time zone) will be correct for your local time zone.The overall fit and finish of this dial and case, by the way, is very good; under magnification the dial markers, hands and numbers are crisply defined, with irreproachable focus on detail. Rolex’s case and dial function is equally as uniformly excellent throughout its product lines as anything in the business and what’s equally as important, this excellence is consistent from watch to watch, and contributes considerably to the positive impression Rolex watches normally appear to make. I’m always struck with this whenever I handle one for inspection even with Rolex versions I would not necessarily wear a daily basis, for reasons of either flavor or practicality or cost, the overall sense of outstanding build quality one gets is extremely large, from the humblest Oyster Perpetual into the most opulent Day-Date. Among the most vital ways in which any luxury brand can keep faith with its customers is in paying as much attention to the details in its cheapest products as in its most expensive, and Rolex is among the very few watch companies I have written about over time, for it has always seemed to be authentic.
|Location||United States of America, New York, Massapequa Park|
|Case diameter||42 mm|
|Material bezel||White gold|
|Bracelet length||210 mm|
|Luminescent Hands, Chronometer, Rotating Bezel, Screw-Down Crown|
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Rolex (Guaranteed Authentic)
Serial Number Scrambled-Series (96) (Originally Purchased within the USA on April 3rd, 2018)
Metal Stainless Steel
Case Size 42.00mm
Wrist Size This watch will currently comfortably fit the average male wrist up to 8.25 inches. Please message us prior to purchasing this item if the removal or the purchase of additional links is necessary.
Movement Original Rolex Swiss Automatic Movement
Crystal Original Rolex Scratch-Resistant Sapphire Crystal with a date magnification cyclops
Dial Original Rolex Blue Index Dial with date at the 3 o’clock
Bezel Original Rolex Rotatable 18K White Gold Fluted Bezel
Band Original Rolex Stainless Steel Oyster Bracelet with a Flip Lock easylink extension Deployment Clasp
Yes, this item includes the original Rolex watch case and outer box. (Pictured)
Papers Yes, this item will include all of the paperwork pictured as well as a Collectors Coins & Jewelry certificate of appraisal and authenticity as per buyer request.
Condition This item is in BRAND NEW / UNWORN (The stickers were removed by the dealer, but the watch was never worn nor tried on) condition. Please review the images provided.
Guarantee Fully-Transferable International Rolex Five-Year Warranty Valid Through April 2023
Our Price $19,493.91 USD
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