The Sky Dweller collection was first introduced in 2012, and is arguably the most complicated and bold Rolex timepiece of recent times, thanks to its large case size, dual-time capabilities, 24-hour display, date window and month display functions. As a result, it has been marketed as an ideal traveller’s watch.
Until this year, the Sky Dweller was only available in precious metals like Everose gold, white gold and yellow gold, often retailing upwards of $45,000. At Baselworld 2017, however, the manufacturer introduced two new versions, featuring combinations of gold and stainless steel, giving them a more accessible price.
Here, we take a closer look at the two new models and what they have to offer.
Visually Stunning Two-tone “Rolesor” Models
Both of the new 2017 Sky Dweller models are made from a two-tone combination of 904L stainless steel and either 18k yellow gold (Ref. 326933) or 18k white gold (Ref. 326934). These two-tone combinations are both referred to by the brand as ‘Rolesor‘, although the combinations are actually quite different.
In the yellow gold version, the bezel, winding crown and the central links of the bracelet are all made from yellow gold, while the rest of the case and the links on the left and right of the bracelet are made from steel. On the other hand, only the bezel is constructed from white gold on the other model.
What this means is that, from a visual perspective, the steel and yellow gold model resembles a classic two-tone timepiece, while the steel and white gold model looks, to the casual observer, closer to a pure steel model.
Newly Updated Design and Features
Both of the new releases feature slightly updated aesthetics. For example, the central hands have been extended slightly, while the dial markers have been changed from either Arabic or Roman numerals, to applied rectangular indexes, giving the timepieces a slightly more understated appearance.
There are also a number of dial colors to choose from, with white, blue, and grey options for the white gold model, and white, champagne and grey options for the yellow gold model.
In terms of features, both versions are powered by the highly advanced, self-winding Calibre 9001, which has seven patents and is Superlative Chronometer certified. Water resistance is guaranteed to 100 meters, the cases measure 42mm in diameter and the power reserve stands at an impressive 72 hours.
The white gold and steel version of the 2017 Rolex Sky Dweller is expected to retail from $14,400, while the yellow gold and steel model is slightly more expensive, with retail price of approximately $17,000.