One of the complicated fashions produced by the Crown, the Rolex Sky-Dweller can also be probably the most sensible and easy-to-consult GMT and calendar watches available on the market right this moment. Following the large splash made by the discharge of the much-awaited 2020 Submariners, Rolex has additionally tweaked its upscale traveller’s watch. The novelty for the 2020 Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller is the incorporation of an Oysterflex, the primary on this household to incorporate the model’s high-performance elastomer bracelet. Not like the Submariner, the scale of the Sky-Dweller has not been elevated and nothing has modified concerning the case or dial. The ambassador for the brand new Sky-Dweller is the 18ok yellow gold mannequin with a vivid black dial, though there are numerous configuration prospects, together with the Everose/Chocolate model additionally seen right here.
Complexity made easy
The Sky-Dweller, probably the most sophisticated fashions developed by Rolex, was introduced at Baselworld 2012. A watch designed for globetrotters, the Sky-Dweller is a purposeful journey companion with a second time zone and annual calendar, and a singular “Ring Command” bezel to set the capabilities. What units the Sky-Dweller aside from so many GMT watches is its deceptively easy show made attainable by a particularly complicated motion protected by a minimum of 11 patents. Not like the GMT-Grasp initially designed for Pan Am pilots, the Sky-Dweller is dressier and focused to high-flying travellers.
The show of the Sky-Dweller is extremely intuitive: native time is displayed with the three central palms; the second time zone or reference time is displayed on a rotating 24-hour disc within the centre of the dial and indicated by an inverted pink triangle; the date is displayed at three o’clock underneath a traditional Cyclops lens; the month is organized in 12 small apertures on the periphery of the dial on the tip of the indices which change from to white to pink accordingly. The annual calendar routinely differentiates between 30 and 31-day months, that means that just one adjustment is required a yr, on 1 March.
Not solely is it one of many easiest-to-consult GMT and calendar shows, however it is usually one of many easiest-to-adjust because of the distinctive rotating Ring Command bezel. As a substitute of incorporating a crown with a number of positions to set the completely different capabilities, or counting on pushers tucked into the caseband, Rolex developed a singular system of adjustment through the bezel. The Ring Command bezel might be rotated to pick the date, the native time and the reference time, which might then be adjusted in both path utilizing the winding crown.
Though it’s constructed from elastomer, the Oysterflex bracelet can’t be written off as a traditional black rubber strap. A hybrid between a metallic bracelet and a rubber strap, the Oysterflex is made up of versatile metallic blades in titanium and nickel that are over-moulded with high-performance black elastomer. This mixture ensures the resilience of a metallic bracelet with the pliability and luxury of a rubber strap, particularly because of the “flaps” on the again that hug the wrist. The Oysteflex bracelet has a folding Oysterclasp in yellow or rose gold and options Rolex’s proprietary Glidelock extension system with six notches of two.5mm permitting the size of the bracelet to be adjusted as much as 15mm with out instruments.
Case and dial
The strong 42mm Oyster case is crafted from a strong piece of 18ok yellow gold or Everose gold, and is waterproof to depths of 100 metres. The screw-down Twinlock winding crown and the hermetically screwed-down caseback make sure the case’s water-resistance. The distinctive rotatable Ring Command bezel is rendered in typical Rolex fashion with hallmark fluting. The dial is vivid black with a sunray end and options utilized hour markers in gold to match the case, all handled with Chromalight that emits a long-lasting blue glow in the dead of night. The gold hour and minute palms are skeletonised on the base and likewise handled with Chromalight at their ideas. In distinction to the shiny sunray end of the black dial, the second time zone disc is barely recessed and includes a sandblasted end.
Developed and manufactured by Rolex, automated calibre 9001 is considered probably the most complicated actions created by the model. Fitted with Paraflex shock absorbers, a big variable inertia steadiness wheel and the anti-magnetic blue Parachrom hairspring, the motion is shock-resistant and designed to climate on a regular basis put on and tear. The Sky-Dweller has additionally earned COSC chronometer certification and Rolex’s personal Superlative Chronometer certification and comes with a world five-year assure. The motion beats at 4Hz and offers as much as 72 hours of energy reserve.
Configurations & costs
Though the 18ok yellow gold/black dial mannequin on the Oysterflex bracelet is the showcase piece right this moment, there are at present six attainable configurations of the 2020 Sky-Dweller:
- 326238 – Yellow gold with black, champagne or white dial and black Oysterflex bracelet
- 326235 – Everose gold with chocolate, white or darkish rhodium dial and black Oysterflex bracelet
The 18ok yellow gold Sky-Dweller fashions retail for EUR 37,700, the Everose Sky-Dweller fashions for EUR 39,000. To get an correct worth in your area, please seek the advice of the official Rolex webpage.