The first thing you do when you take ownership of a Sky-Dweller is set the date and time. In a watch with an annual calendar and dual time zone display, this would generally involve using some combination of their crown, and the event pushers. The Ring Command Bezel is an alternative that permits all signs to be put with a crown that has only one setting place; although the mechanism is quite complicated (over sixty additional parts) and takes a brief getting-acquainted interval, it’s extremely easy to use in practice.To set the time, you first unscrew the crown and then pull it out into the setting place. This stops the second hand and participates hand placing; you can then set the moment. In this place the hour and the 24 hour ring are kept synchronized.Once you have set home and local time, you can change local time by unscrewing the crown along with setting the bezel in its second place, by turning it to about 9:30. This engages the crown with the placing mechanism to the hour alone, which can now be put forward or backward in 1 hour increments (the date will probably switch at midnight too, either forwards or backwards as needed). Turn the bezel to the very first setting place (approximately 9:30 on the dial) and you can place the date and month. There’s no separate quickset for the month, which means that you basically just keep turning the crown until the red indicator for the month will be at the correct window (it will switch automatically in the 30th to the 1st, in 30 months) along with the proper date is shown.
I guess the worst that could happen is that you simply pull the crown out to the second position and find you’re in time-setting mode, which would signify the seconds hand stops momentarily until you push the crown back in again. I found legibility under all states to be excellent (include a dark aircraft cabin during a red-eye into Geneva) despite the comparatively small amount of lume present (relative, anyhow, to Rolex’s technical models). The Sky-Dweller is a bit of a conundrum. It’s a technically advanced watch, and a fairly complicated one out of a company not generally known for its complications. It’s also a luxury watch, designed for a pretty highly visible indication of affluence (albeit it’s really well made, which gives it a much more dignified general vibe than not). At precisely the same time, it’s a market enough watch that it is actually more stealth than you may believe; one of these Rolexes that, regardless of the date cyclops, doesn’t read as quickly as a Rolex as, say, a Submariner, Daytona, or even Day-Date. Complex gold watches generally do not sit at the sports watch class, yet this can be a sport watch, at least to some level; either its dimensions, and a number of its technical characteristics (including that screw-down crown and a water resistance of 100 meters) appear to keep it in the game watch category instead of the dress watch kingdom. I think that the solution to a few of the initial confusion you might feel when limiting the Sky-Dweller is it is in factn’t a watch which occupies any traditional category particularly: yes, it’s a luxury sport view, but unlike Rolex’s other luxury sport watches, it is not a precious metal edition of an existing steel model. The Sky-Dweller isn’t the easiest solution to telling time across two time zones quickly and easily, of course. On a certain degree, if that is what you want, and you want to do it in a durable, precise, well made and gently stylish mechanical watch out of Rolex, well, you will get a GMT Master II or a Explorer II and call it a day.
A discreet tool see, this is not — certainly not concerning style. We wore the Everose-gold variant of the watch with this installment of A Week On The Wrist, even though we 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 does not necessarily mean they come across as gauche, possibly, and what you find straight away, as is usually the case with Rolex, is that everything’s really well done. Dial furniture, casework, hands, overall fit and finish — what is absolutely immaculate and actually sets a benchmark for build quality and quality of execution in luxury watchmaking. Yes, you expect in this price point, and yes, you anticipate it out of Rolex, but given how seldom luxury watches really deliver in this regard it’s wonderful to see anyway.The truth that the Sky-Dweller is so well made goes a long way toward conserving it out of ostentation, and I think that is because the very high quality looks an end in itself, in addition to a reflection of a deeper commitment to quality for its own sake. It’s a very characteristically Swiss approach to luxury, I believe; you don’t always get creativity and artistry how that you do in the Italian or French approaches but you do get, at best, meticulous attention to detail in an object that radiates a craftsman’s pride in their job. It’s a banker’s rather than an aesthete’s degree of the saying of luxury, but it appears to work for Rolex — a sort of luxury that’s half lavishness in construction and materials, and half an absolute, ironclad guarantee that there’ll not be any unpleasant surprises.
The Sky-Dweller has always had a slightly contradictory personality. At the same time, it’s clearly designed to be an extremely practical watch — durable, easy to use, and easy to live with, even under the stress of navigating the world’s more unfriendly skies. However, in 2017, Rolex introduced two Rolesor versions of this Sky-Dweller (Rolesor is your company’s term for its mixtures of steel with yellow or white gold) which instantly made this most functional of complicated watches, instantly more accessible. In Everose and on a ring, the Sky-Dweller is a39,550 watch, and in white gold on a white gold bracelet it is $48,850, which clearly makes valuable metallic variations of this Sky-Dweller as much statement pieces as anything else. (Jay-Z was frequently spotted wearing a yellowish golden Sky-Dweller, for example.) Though we have done A Week On The Wrist with a Sky-Dweller before, that was an Everose model on a strap and using the more recent, less overtly luxurious models out, we believed this could be a good time to revisit the Sky-Dweller. The new version in steel, with a white gold bezel, is currently the most inexpensive version, in less than half the cost of the metal variations, and that is the one we chose for our newest A Week On The Wrist.The Sky-Dweller is a combination of two complications: a dual-time zone, or GMT complication, and an annual calendar. The former isn’t hard to understand: the watch displays time in 2 time zones simultaneously, also has an hour hand that could be independently set, forwards or backwards, in one-hour jumps.
However, I don’t think the point of the Sky-Dweller is to be the easiest answer to a particular need. The Sky-Dweller reminds me a lot of the following complex Rolex: the Yachtmaster II Regatta Timer (that we moved hands-on with this past year). Such as the Yachtmaster II, the Sky-Dweller matches a very special niche by filling a sensible need with almost hyperbolic sophistication on every level imaginable, both automatically, and by a materials and design perspective; and such as the Yachtmaster II, it is a very special spin on a very particular complication.I think that’s what makes the two watches work, and also what makes them equally so attractive in regular usage. They both have a fairly extroverted design, combined with a fairly idiosyncratic spin on a drawback with fairly particular appeal (the regatta timer on the one hand, the combination of an yearly calendar and two time zones around another). What they both are, nevertheless — and what I probably wouldn’t have heard about the Sky-Dweller without wearing it and playing with it for a week — would be a tremendous amount of pleasure, and in a manner that cuts into the core of the allure of mechanical watches in its most basic level. The lavishness of the externals, in combination with the intricate sophistication of the mechanics relative to the practical issues they address, are essential to creating them what they are; after all, to a great extent, discovering pleasure in mechanics for its own sake is a big part of what’s fun with horology is about. As George Daniels put it in a different context, “the fact that the mechanism is rather unnecessary only adds to its allure.”
The latter is a characteristic of “authentic” GMT watches, as is how the hour is put from the crown and may be re-set to a new timezone without quitting the whole watch. There are simpler dual time zone watchesthat have a 24 hour hand that could be independently set, but to use them as a traveller’s watch — that is, to display local time with the hour and minute hands, and time with the 24 hour — normally requires quite a little more fiddling with the crown and also entails stopping the eye while re-setting the hour and second hands, thus requiring the user to also re-set to a time standard.The yearly calendar is the next complication found at the Sky-Dweller, and can also be relatively straightforward. The Gregorian calendar has days of varying length — a few months have 31 days, and many others have only 30. A perpetual calendar watch automatically jumps to the first on the right day in the end of the month, no matter the month (so, for example, on February 28th at a non-Leap calendar year, also on February 29th at a Leap Year, the date will probably, in midnight, advance to March 1st). Therefore, a perpetual calendar never needs to get the date adjusted manually. An yearly calendar, on the flip side, “understands” (so to speak) if it is a 30 or 31 day month but it does not know to leap to March 1 on February 28th or 29th. Thus, an yearly calendar ought to have the date re-set once a year. Needless to say, a typical calendar watch has to have the date progressed manually five times per year — once for each 30 day month, and once at the end of February.The yearly calendar has some substantial advantages over the endless, although some of these have been eroded in the past couple of decades by advances in perpetual calendar layout.
|Location||United States of America, Georgia, Atlanta|
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|Power reserve||70 h|
|Case diameter||42 mm|
|Material bezel||White gold|
|Bracelet length||191 mm|
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|This Rolex Sky-Dweller 326934 Stainless Steel Bracelet (wrist size: 7.50 inches) 18k White Gold Bezel (case size: 42.00 mm) White Dial men watch is in Excellent condition. The watch has a(n) Automatic movement. The crystal is Sapphire. Additional Notes: Paper Date: 12/16/2017. This timepiece is in overall excellent pre-owned condition with only a few faint scuffs on the case and bracelet. Powered by Rolex’s Calibre 9001 self-winding mechanical movement with a 70-hour power reserve. Comes with original Rolex box, papers, and manuals. Date display at the 3 o’clock position. Most importantly, this watch is located at our facility, is Crown & Caliber Certified Authentic, has undergone any necessary service, and comes backed by our 1-year warranty. Prior to shipment, the watch will undergo a final quality control check to ensure it is functioning as intended. If you have questions about this watch, give us a call at [+1] (855) 768-6468 and mention reference code: 10-10-ROL-9A5BU2|
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I removed the red sticker. Can I still return the watch?
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What is an RMA?
An RMA, or Return Merchandise Authorization, is used to help us track our orders and protect against fraudulent returns.
Why do I need to request an RMA?
We want to guide you through the return process and answer any questions you might have. We also want to eliminate the possibility of you sending back an item that is not returnable. Most importantly, we want to provide you with return labels to make your return as easy as possible.
Why does the RMA have to be requested within 14 days?
Crown & Caliber sells some watches on behalf of individuals across the world. We pay our consigners at the end of the 14-day return period, but we begin making payment arrangements well before that day. The 14-day time-frame gives us time to communicate with the consigner and let him/her know that there is a pending return.
Why does the watch need to be returned within 28 days?
Because some watches are on consignment, we have a duty to help our consigners sell their watch. The 14th day marks the end of the return period and payment to our consigners will be finalized.
What is the return policy for international buyers?
Canadian buyers will have the same return policy as domestic buyers defined above.
All other international buyers are welcome to return their purchase, but it will be the buyer’s responsibility to cover return shipping costs as well as any other customs fees or taxes that are incurred upon the return. These buyers will not be compensated for these costs. All other aspects of the return policy apply (seven days, red sticker still being intact, ect). International buyers who wish to return their purchase will still be required to request an RMA for reporting purposes.
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