The date could be read by checking the windows above the hour mark; since there are 12 months in a year, you can easily tell what month it’s from the place of the red month marker. In the opinion pictured, the 12th month — December — is indicated by the place of the reddish month marker at 12:00. Reading off home time is simple as well; it’s display by the rotating 24 hour ring which sits in the lower 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 connected to local time, which is revealed by the hour, so that the date shown (assuming you’ve set the time correctly forwards or backwards for the new time zone) will be right 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, numbers and hands are crisply defined, together with irreproachable attention to detail. Rolex’s situation and dial work is equally as uniformly excellent throughout its product lines as anything in the industry and what’s equally as significant, this excellence is consistent from watch to watch, and contributes considerably to the favorable impression Rolex watches generally appear to make. I’m always struck by this whenever I manage one for inspection even with Rolex versions I wouldn’t necessarily wear on a daily basis, for reasons of either flavor or practicality or price, the overall sense of outstanding build quality one has is extremely large, in 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 goods as in its expensive, and Rolex is among the very few watch businesses I’ve written about over time, for this has always seemed to be true.
That said, it still feels as a luxury watch, but that’s very much to the excellent build quality throughout, rather than any use of luxury materials per se. Combining stainless steel and gold (once I wore this view on a late 2017 episode of Friday Live I erroneously stated the center links and bezel were white gold, which many readers quite rightly adjusted; mea culpa) is a fascinating decision, because obviously it’s very difficult to tell which is which; there’s something almost perverse about it. It isn’t something you have since it does anything concerning projecting status, but I will say, it’s, in ways I did not expect, nice to know it’s there. There is just something a little magic about a bit of gold, make it yellow, white, or Everose.However, the luxury you get from the white silver and gold Sky-Dweller is largely that of something built and engineered with fantastic care, attention to detail, and accuracy, not a luxury of materials or a luxury of manually implemented decorative techniques.Just much like the dial, dial furniture along with palms, Rolex makes some of the greatest bracelets at the business; sized to fit my seven inch wrist, the more Sky-Dweller was immediately comfortable and the visual effect of this electric-blue dial made it quite enjoyable to wear. I generally prefer to re-set the time in my watch a few hours before landing, to just kind of get used to the notion of being in another time zone gradually. In theory, you would think that remembering which of the bezel places is used for re-setting local time might be challenging — one of my first thoughts on becoming reacquainted with the Sky-Dweller was that some kind of purpose index would be fine — but in fact, I didn’t have any problem, even in the bleary dimness of a redeye flight cabin, recalling both clicks to the left was correct.
The date can be read by assessing the windows above the hour markers; since there are 12 months in a year, it is simple to tell what month it is from the place of the red month marker. In the opinion envisioned, the 12th month — December — is indicated by the place of the reddish month mark at 12:00. Reading house time is straightforward too; it’s display by the rotating 24 hour ring that sits in the lower 2/3 of the dial (the triangle at 12:00 indicates that the hour). This has the advantage of showing whether it is AM or PM at home. The annual calendar is linked to local time, which can be revealed by the hour hand, so the date displayed (assuming you have set the time right forwards or backwards to your new time zone) will be right for your regional time zone.The overall fit and finish of the dial and case, incidentally, is extremely good; even under magnification the dial markers, numbers and hands are all crisply defined, together with irreproachable focus on detail. Rolex’s situation and dial work is equally as uniformly excellent throughout its product lines as anything in the industry and what is equally as significant, this excellence is constant from watch to watch, and contributes greatly to the favorable feeling Rolex watches generally appear to make. I am always struck with this whenever I handle one for inspection even with Rolex versions I wouldn’t always wear on a daily basis, for reasons of either flavor or practicality or price, the general sense of outstanding build quality one gets is extremely high, in the humblest Oyster Perpetual into the many opulent Day-Date. One of the most essential ways in which any luxury brand can keep faith with its customers is in paying just as much attention to the specifics in its cheapest goods as in its most expensive, and Rolex is one of the very few watch companies I’ve written about over the years, for which it has always seemed to be true.
|Location||United States of America, Florida, Miami|
|Case diameter||42 mm|
|Material bezel||White gold|
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