Rolex has appeared on the scene of Baselworld 2017 with so many interesting offers its been hard to know where to begin. But, why not from above? All hail the new “Rolex Sky-Dweller” options for those that were in hopes of a more affordable piece.
Originally introduced back in 2012 these Rolex models were only available in precious metals with quite a hefty price tag. And although this may not be the all stainless-steel version many aficionados were hoping for. At least it’s a step in that direction as these two-tone steel and gold models are now the most accessible Sky-Dwellers available to date.
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So, the 42mm case is available in two distinct “Rolesor” versions that is how Rolex refers to their two-tone cases, which for the “Sky-Dweller” are in steel plus 18k yellow gold or 18k white gold. But, not all has changed as it still features a bidirectional ‘Ring Command’ bezel that rotates and can be utilized in conjunction with the crown.
Also possess a fluted case back that is hermetically screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement. Its winding crown has also been fitted with the Twinlock double waterproofness system that screws down securely against the case. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Time can be exhibited on one of four dial colors: black, blue, champagne or white. Showcasing new design defining wide rectangular hour index markers, which in of themselves is a novelty since traditionally Sky-Dwellers either had Arabic or Roman numerals, never “sticks”, till now.
Also these index markers will help distinguish these new editions, from previous models at a glance; besides offering more surface for the luminescent filling that translates to an improved legibility.
Pointing out the time are these new longer hands that originally debuted on last year’s new “Rolex Explorer” and that due contribute towards an improved legibility. There is an off-set dial with a second timezone that is indicated by a fixed inverted red triangle. Which makes this another GMT watch option, for those who don’t appreciate the “Rolex GMT Master” model. Also includes date aperture with a cyclops lens at the 3 o’clock position.
This “Rolex Sky-Dweller” (Ref#: 326934) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 9001 with 40 jewels and 28,800 Vph, Protected by seven patents just reaffirms this movement as one of the most complex calibers ever developed by Rolex. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 72 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a solid-link bracelet with easylink extension system in a two-tone made of: stainless-steel and 18k white gold for the white gold version; or stainless-steel and 18k yellow gold for the yellow gold option; both of them secured to the wrist by a folding Oysterclasp.
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