The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller is designed and constructed to be the most capable and user-friendly watch for business class world-travelers. Its recently introduced version combines Oystersteel with 18ct white gold in its case and bracelet, adding a royal blue dial and large indices to further highlight its utility.
On the wrist, the Sky-Dweller impresses with its spectacular fluted bezel and the organic aesthetic of its sweeping contours. Since its most recent update, the Sky-Dweller relies on a color-matched, off-center disc for the 24-hour display of the alternative time zone indication — a design decision that pulls the overall appearance together and adds yet more coherence to it.
Complemented by the date at the 3 o’clock position, the cyclops magnification window brings a touch of Rolex heritage to the equation: since the 1950s, the Rolex Datejust and Day-Date models, as well as most all other references have featured this iconic element, designed and conceived to enhance the date window’s legibility.
Using the Sky-Dweller on a daily basis is rendered entirely special by its Rolex Ring Command system, the unique and Rolex-developed bezel that serves as the crown’s function-selector as it is rotated.
Hold onto the fluted, 18ct white gold bezel firmly and start rotating it counter-clockwise to move it from its neutral position through its three settings.
Once the crown has been screwed down and pulled into its setting position, each rotated position of the bezel gets the crown to adjust different indications on the Sky-Dweller’s dial.
Every indication can be adjusted in the 3rd, i.e. last position, whereas the two preceding bezel positions correspond with the jumping hour and date-adjusting crown functions respectively.
What is to be appreciated in person is the outstanding action and tactile feedback the bezel provides: every click, irrespective whether the crown is used or is just performed for pleasure, happens with a most reassuring feel and sound, each serving as a testament to Rolex’s engineering and watchmaking prowess.
Speaking of which, Rolex’s excellence in mechanical engineering is scarcely as tactile and playful and easy-to-appreciate, as it is with the Rolex Ring Command bezel of the Sky-Dweller — and on the Yacht-Master II, for that matter.
Matched to the all-Oystersteel bracelet and Oystersteel case, the Sky-Dweller White Rolesor features an 18ct white gold bezel. This combination of materials make for outstanding value in the realm of Rolex watches that incorporate precious materials in their construction.
The Manufacture Rolex Caliber 9001 that lives inside and powers the Sky-Dweller ranks among the most complex watch movements Rolex has ever made. Virtually completely manufactured by Rolex in Switzerland using state-of-the-art equipment and technologies, Caliber 9001 is firmly at the cutting edge of 21st century watchmaking.
Its inherent complexity is paired with user-friendly utility and dial layout — for the best watches, without exception, must be the easiest to use and be the most legible of their kind. 18ct white gold hands and indices add luster to the blue dial, while the Chromalight luminescent display of the indices and hands ensure superb legibility even in the dark.