It’s been a long-time coming, five years in fact, but the prayers of Rolex watch lovers everywhere have finally been answered.
The Rolex Sky-Dweller, the most complicated watch currently in production by Rolex, is now available in steel. Well, Rolesor to be exact, which is Rolex-speak for a combination of steel and gold. Offered at a very competitive price point, the new Rolex Sky-Dweller is already shaping up to be one of the hottest watches of 2017, so if you want one, it’s probably best to get your order in now or forever hold your peace.
The Rolex Sky-Dweller
Introduced in 2012, the Rolex Sky-Dweller immediately caught the attention of collectors and enthusiasts alike, and with good reason. Although not considered a highly complicated timepiece in the traditional sense, especially when compared to something like the A. Lange and Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual, the Sky-Dweller is a big deal for Rolex, which means it’s a big deal for the Swiss watch industry.
It remains the most complicated modern-day model produced by the brand, offering an Annual Calendar with dual-time functionality, the indications of which can all be set via the crown using the rotating bezel to select the function you wish to change. The design is ingeniously simple yet highly practical and intuitive to use. Not that we would expect any less from Rolex.
The two time-zones are displayed simultaneously, with the local time shown on the central time display and the home-time shown via the off-centre 24-hour disc, denoted by a fixed, inverted red triangle. The date is linked to the local time as is the month display, which is indicated via the 12 apertures around the circumference of the dial. Inside is the calibre 9001, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Protected by seven patents, it is one of the most complex calibres ever developed by the brand.
For 2017, the dials of the Rolesor models get a slight refresh. Whereas previous models – which were available exclusively in precious metals – featured either Arabic or Roman numerals, the dials of the Rolesor models now feature rectangular index hour markers and longer hands, as well as a Chromalight display with long-lasting luminescence, to enhance legibility. In total there are five new models to choose from, three in white Rolesor (steel and 18k white gold) with your choice of a white, black or blue dial and two in yellow Rolesor (steel and 18k yellow gold) with your choice of a champagne or black dial.
All five models are fitted on the much loved Rolex Oyster bracelet, made from 904L steel in the case of the white Rolesor, version and a combination of 904L steel and 18 ct yellow gold in the yellow Rolesor version. A folding Oysterclasp will ensure the watch stays firmly attached to your wrist, while the Rolex-patented Easylink rapid extension system enables you to easily increase the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm to provide optimal comfort in all circumstances. Lastly, the Oyster bracelet benefits from the new concealed attachment system hidden beneath the bezel, allowing for a seamless connection between the bracelet and case and ensuring those smooth lines remain uninterrupted.
Perfect for the global traveller or office warrior alike, the new Rolex Sky-Dweller in Rolesor is the ideal option for those who value style and functionality and aren’t willing to compromise on either.
Case: Oyster - 42 mm – 904L steel and 18ct White Gold or 904L steel and 18ct Yellow Gold - Monobloc middle case - screw-down case back and winding crown – fluted bezel with bidirectional rotatable Rolex Ring Command .
Movement: Calibre 9001 - perpetual, mechanical, self-winding, dual time zones, annual calendar - Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing).
Functions: Centre hour, minute and seconds hands - 24-hour display on off-centre disc - second time zone - instantaneous annual calendar at 3 o'clock and rapid-setting of the date - month display via 12 apertures around the circumference of the dial - stop-seconds for precise time setting.
Bracelet: Oyster, flat three-piece links in 904L Steel or 904L Steel and 18ct Yellow Gold
Reference: Ref. 326933 (yellow Rolesor), Ref. 326934 (white Rolesor)
RRP: $18,250 (white Rolesor) or $21,700 (yellow Rolesor)