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Blending a high-level of practical functionality with trademark precision and reliability, as well as impeccable style, the Rolex Sky-Dweller collection has quickly found favour with collectors and enthusiasts alike. Read on to discover what makes this exceptional timepiece tick.
The Rolex Sky-Dweller Series
The Rolex Sky-Dweller is the most complicated timepiece in the current Rolex collection. Protected by 11 to 14 patents, depending on which model you choose, this technological masterpiece offers its wearer the benefit of both an instantaneous annual calendar complication and a secondary time-zone display. All of this in an exceptionally well-made watch that is easy to read and even easier to adjust.
Launched in 2012, the Sky-Dweller was previously only available exclusively in 18ct gold (yellow, white, and Everose – Rolex’s proprietary 18ct pink gold alloy). Rolex thrilled watch lovers everywhere last year, however, with the unveiling of two new Rolesor models. Rolesor is Rolex terminology for watches that combine steel and gold, in this case, steel and white gold and steel and yellow gold.
Today, we’re taking a closer look at the Rolex Sky-Dweller Steel and White Gold (Ref. 326934).
Rolex Sky-Dweller Steel and White Gold (Ref. 326934)
Presented in an extremely comfortable Oyster case measuring 42mm in diameter, this Rolex Sky-Dweller combines the lustre and nobility of 18ct white gold with the strength and reliability of 904L steel. Known as Rolesor to Rolex aficionados, this combination of metals has been part of the brand since the early 1930s, and was trademarked in 1933.
The over-engineered Oyster case features a monobloc middle case, screw-down caseback, and winding crown with Twinlock double waterproofness system, guaranteeing that, despite its inherent complexity, this watch will remain waterproof to 100 metres (or 330 ft.).
Integrated lugs connect to a solid link steel Oyster bracelet, which utilises a concealed attachment system beneath the bezel to ensure seamless visual continuity between the bracelet and case. Fitted with the folding Oysterclasp for ease of wear, this bracelet also boasts the Manufacture’s patented Easylink rapid extension system that allows the wearer to increase the bracelet length by about 5 mm, ensuring comfort on the wrist in any and all circumstances.
The steel and white gold version of the Rolex Sky-Dweller is available with your choice of a white, black, or blue watch face. Local time (hours, minutes and seconds) is indicated centrally, with rectangular index markers for the hours. These markers, along with the hour and minute hands, feature Chromalight luminescence for improved legibility in lowlight situations.
Reference time, or home time as it is often called, is shown on a 24-hour subsidiary dial, with an inverted red triangle just beneath the Rolex logo at 12 o’clock indicating the current time at the traveller’s point of origin. The 24-hour display also makes it easy to quickly determine if it is day or night back home.
Completing the dial indications is the cleverly integrated annual calendar display, which is connected to the local time. An aperture at 3 o’clock, complete with Rolex Cyclops lens, displays the instantaneous date, while the current month is shown via a clever system that utilises the hour markers. If you look closely around the outside of the dial, you will notice that above each marker there is a small, separate opening. These 12 little windows correspond to the 12 months of the year, with the current month indicated in red.
What is perhaps the most impressive feature of this already very impressive timepiece, however, is the one that is least apparent; the rotatable Ring Command bezel. To the uninformed observer, it will appear only as an attractive, fluted bezel, which frames the dial nicely and is crafted from 18ct white gold. It is so much more than that, however.
This ingenious bezel in fact allows the wearer to set the date, local time or reference time, all via the single crown. Once it is rotated to the correct position, the selected function can then be rapidly adjusted in either direction using the winding crown. This intuitive interface is based on a complex mechanical module with no fewer than 60 components, the product of state-of-the-art watchmaking and advanced micromechanics.
The Sky-Dweller is equipped with 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 and features the Superlative Chronometer certification. This exclusive designation testifies that the watch has successfully undergone a series of tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria, which exceed watchmaking norms and standards. As a point of reference, the precision of a Rolex Superlative Chronometer after casing is of the order of −2/+2 seconds per day, or more than twice that required of an official chronometer.
Featuring Rolex’s paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers, calibre 9001 is insensitive to magnetic fields and offers greater stability in the face of temperature variations, remaining up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in the case of shocks. Equipped with a self-winding module via a Perpetual rotor, it offers a power reserve of approximately 72 hours.
Delivering exceptional value and prestige, the Rolex Sky-Dweller in white Rolesor (Ref. 326934) retails for £10,600 and comes with an international five-year guarantee. To learn more about this fantastic timepiece, please visit our Norwich boutique to speak with our expert staff or enquire about this model online.