The Sky-Dweller is one of the newer editions to the Rolex family of watches, making its initial debut in 2012. When the model launched, it immediately garnered attention because it introduced an all-new movement and complication. This revolutionary timepiece boasts anywhere from eleven to fourteen unique patents, depending on the variation. The Sky-Dweller is also the first Rolex model to feature both an annual calendar and dual time zones. Buying a Rolex Sky-Dweller watch is an excellent choice to upgrade your Rolex collection. Discover exceptional used Rolex Sky-Dweller watches for sale in our catalog.
Rolex is without question one of the most significant names in watchmaking. Yet, a majority of their most revolutionary and popular models were created early on in the company’s history, decades ago. While some watchmakers introduce new models or complications each year, Rolex has proven that working slowly and steadily pays off. So, when the brand debuted their first entirely new watch with an entirely new complication in over twenty years, the world took notice.
At the 2012 Baselworld fair, Rolex unveiled the Sky-Dweller. At first glance, it resembled other Rolex models. However, the Sky-Dweller was much more than a reworked or redesigned version of a previous model. It boasted an impressive fourteen new patents and an innovative annual calendar with dual time zones.
Part of what makes the Sky-Dweller unique is its aesthetic. It’s hard to categorize – it’s not quite a sport watch and not quite a dress watch. What is certain about its design is that it was crafted with purpose. The Sky-Dweller is the ultimate watch for those who travel regularly for business or for pleasure. However, it’s not necessarily a pilot’s watch. Still, the style of the Sky-Dweller is undeniably Rolex.
What truly sets it apart is its functionality. The inventive complication allows three distinct features to display on the dial. These include local time, reference time or home time, and an annual calendar. First, the local time is displayed on the central axis with standard hour, minute, and second hands. Then, instead of using a typical GMT hand and twenty-four hour bezel to display the second time zone (reference time or home time), the Sky-Dweller employs a subdial. The subdial displays the reference time with a red arrow that points to the time on a twenty-four hour scale. The third and final element of the complication is its annual calendar function. Once again, the Sky-Dweller doesn’t use a typical annual calendar format with sub counters for the date, day of the week and month. Alternatively, it features a date window at the standard three-o’clock position and twelve small apertures around the dial to display the month. The result is a strikingly clean and easy to read dial despite the complexity of the complication.
The charm of the complication doesn’t end at its appearance on the dial. Rolex also patented an all new mechanism to set these functions called the “Ring Command Bezel.” This intricate system is composed of 60 components but makes the functionality more user friendly. This innovative bezel rotates to three different positions, corresponding to each of the displays. This allows the crown to have only one setting position.
Unsurprisingly, the Sky-Dweller is powered by an all new movement designed specifically for the model: the Caliber 9001. It’s one of the brand’s most complex movements, boasting COSC certification and a 72-hour power reserve.
The original Sky-Dweller was only available in precious metals. That combined with the high-tech functionality gave the model a hefty price tag. Since its initial release, the model has become available in new variations, including stainless steel in 2017. This has made the model more accessible to all watch aficionados and Rolex fans.
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