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One of the most innovative models from the Geneva-based manufacture – the Rolex sky Dweller is a technical masterpiece protected by 14 patents. F9news reported about the model from the Rolex Oyster Collection is a watch for world travelers that combines technical sophistication with official operability.
The real innovation from Rolex
The name means “heavenly resident” in the German Orient: The Sky-Dweller is a new model in the Oyster Perpetual Collection and an ideal companion for world travelers. It is ideal for frequent flyers and contacts thanks to clever functions such as the display of other time zones, the year calendar, and the rotating Ring Command bezel. The shape is classic and sophisticated thanks to its striking 42-millimeter case. The annual calendar entitlement expires between 30 and 31 days.
4besnews wrote that the distinctive watch is available in three different gold alloys with a precious metal strap (Ref. 326939, Ref. 326938, Ref. 326935) or leather strap (Ref. 326139, Ref. 326138, Ref. 326135) for sporty jeans. The Sky-Dweller Nord high access requirements paired with administrative capacity – for business or hobby travelers.
A watch for world travelers
The 24-hour display of the Rolex Sky-Dweller
The distinguishing feature of the Rolex Sky-Dweller is the simultaneous display of two time zones, which impresses with its sophisticated mechanics.
In contrast to the Rolex GMT-Master II, which is equipped with an additional hand for a second time zone, the Sky-Dweller does not need an additional pointer: There is a rotating 24-hour number disc on the dial of the Sky-Dweller. The first time zone can be read on this number disc and is marked by a fixed red and white triangle. The second time zone is shown as usual with the traditional hour, minute, and second hands in the center of the watch face.
In addition to the practical advantages, such as the simple and intuitive reading of a second-time zone, the polished, eccentric number disc serves as a distinguishing feature of the Sky-Dweller.
Innovative and practical: The Rolex Sky-Dweller
In addition to the GMT function, the Sky-Dweller offers an integrated annual calendar that automatically differentiates between months with 30 and 31 days. As a result, the Sky-Dweller only needs one date correction per year – on March 1st. The genius: The annual calendar mechanism is designed to be particularly simple – it only requires four more cogwheels than the usual Rolex calendar with an automatic date display. Rolex calls this valuable complication the Saros system, referring to the ancient 18-year cycle of sun, moon and earth – the so-called Saros cycle. The months are displayed on the outer edge of the dial in 12 discrete fields of view, with the current month being indicated by a contrasting color.
Ease of use despite complex functions
The real highlight of the Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller is the ease of use, which is guaranteed despite the complicated functions. It is the rotating Ring Command bezel that allows the wearer to easily select the various functions. Depending on whether the rotating bezel is rotated one, two or three positions counterclockwise, the date, local time or reference time can be set. In addition to its functionality, the fluted bezel, introduced in 1929, serves as a distinguishing feature of a Rolex and thus also meets high aesthetic standards. The Sky-Dweller is equipped with a completely redesigned automatic movement, the caliber 9001. As with all movements from the Rolex Oyster collection, this is a COSC-certified caliber, i.e. a reliable chronometer that guarantees special precision. The caliber 9001 is one of the most complex Rolex movements and ensures that the movement and case work together smoothly.
A novelty from Rolex
After Rolex mainly launched variations of existing models for a long time, the presentation of the Sky-Dweller as a completely new model came as a surprise to many. The Rolex Sky-Dweller was presented in 2012 with a movement protected by 14 patents. At Basel world 2014, Rolex expanded the existing collection with additional variants.