Words from Rolex:
“A distinctive technological masterpiece protected by 11 to 14 patents depending on the model, the Rolex Sky-Dweller provides the information global travellers need to keep track of time at a glance. Launched in 2012, the Sky-Dweller is a compelling timepiece of revolutionary design that blends to perfection mechanical sophistication and ease of use” (Rolex.com).
Case of this Sky-Dweller is made entirely out of 18k Everose gold. As the watch contains the sub-dial, case is rather large 42mm size with 10 bars of water resistance. Case is beautifully engineered with polishing that adds flare to the Everose gold color of the Sky-Dweller.
As of almost all Rolex watches, Sky-Dweller has a brushed Everose gold backing that is simple yet elegant.
III. Dial, Bezel, and Crown
Dial used on this Sky-Dweller model is the Dark Rhodium dial. On this dial displays dual time zone and annual calendar. Off-center sub-dial has 24 hour disc that indicates the secondary time zone marked by the fixed inverted red triangle. The disc’s 24 hour display enables the owners to easily and clearly distinguish between daytime hours from nighttime hours.
Annual calendar function is read by the red marking in one of the 12 windows around the dial, indicating current month. Saros annual calendar used on Sky-Dweller keeps the correct date though out the year except for the last day of February (having only 28 or 29 days). All of this function becomes complete with the Rolex’s iconic Cyclops lens that magnifies the date function by 2.5X magnification.
Indexes of this watch are rectangular index markers that features Chromalight technology for long-lasting luminescence. All three hands of the watch is made out of Everose gold material; Hour and minute hands of the three also features the Chromalight feature that enhances the legibility in dark.
Lastly, Rolex’s famous fluted bezel on Sky-Dweller is also called the Ring Command Bezel. Made out of the same 18k Everose gold, it enables the owners to quickly and easily adjust the three main functions of the watch. First or right position is to adjust Saros annual calendar function. Second or middle position is to adjust local or main time. Third or left position is to adjust the secondary time zone.
After turning the Ring Command Bezel into wanted position. That function can be adjusted by turning the 18k Everose gold crown in second position. Crown of this watch is the Twinlock Screw-down crown with manual winding function in first position.
The Sky-Dweller of Ref. 326935 is fitted with a 18k Everose gold Oyster bracelet. Oyster bracelet of Rolex benefits from the new concealed attachment system beneath the bezel that ensures seamless visual continuity between the bracelet and the case.
Equipped with a folding Oysterclasp with Easylink extension system, it enables the wearer to increase the bracelet length by 5mm.
Movement equipped on Sky-Dweller is the Calibre 9001 of Rolex. It is a self-winding movement of Rolex that is one of the most complex Calibre ever developed by the brand.
Containing the Dual Time Zone, Saros annual calendar, and Ring Command Bezel functionalities, Calibre 9001 is the top of the arc movement of Rolex.
With approximate 72 hours of power reserve, Calibre 9001 also includes the blue Parachrom hairspring that is more resistant to interferences and shocks.
VI. Conclusion and Pricing
Priced at 48,850 USD, it is a rather expensive watch even from Rolex. However, with the price, you cannot ignore the offerings that this Sky-Dweller brings.
18k Everose gold that makes up this watch is rather hefty and expensive on its own. Also the brand value of Rolex and the feature set cannot be disregarded. Dual Time Zone and Saros annual calendar functionalities on this Sky-Dweller makes this watch one of the only high complication watch of Rolex. With that said, I personally see the value in this Sky-Dweller reference 326935.