The Newest Versions Of Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller Are In A Class All Of their Own
The sky’s the limit.
At Baselworld 2017, expectations were high for Rolex. Aside from the new generations of the Sea-Dweller, the Yacht and the Cosmograph Daytona, what stood out was none other than the classic Oyster Perpetual SkyDweller available for the ﬁrst time in a combination of 904l steel and 18k gold.
Depending on your preference, there are two versions for your kind perusal. On the yellow Rolesor version, the bezel, the winding crown and the centre bracelet links are made of 18k yellow gold, while the middle case and the outer links of the bracelet are made of 904l steel. On the other hand, the white Rolesor version sees a bezel in 18k white gold with the crown, the middle case and the bracelet in 904l steel.
Not that this is the ﬁrst time Rolex has ever employed the Rolesor alchemy—a combination of steel and gold. They’ve been doing it since the ’30s and it’s a key signature of any Oyster collection. But since the birth of the Sky-Dweller ﬁve years ago, which created a buzz because it was the ﬁrst time the brand produced an entirely new watch in 20 years, this new-looking dish retains all the ﬂavours from its earliest iterations.
The Sky-Dweller positions itself for the globetrotters who demand a powerful timepiece that suits its purpose (there are other Rolexs for diving, jumping off planes aeroplanes, etc.).
This one displays two time zones once, an annual calendar named Saros that requires one date adjustment a year, and the rotatable Ring Command bezel that allows the wearer to set the date, the local time and the reference time, all from the crown.
The hands on these versions are longer and the indexes are rectangular compared to previous iterations. Note that this is a pretty sizeable timepiece at 42mm, and with these new touches, it appears that Rolex is trying to quiet down its loudest statement piece. This would sit well with both seasoned and entry-level collectors considering that most brands go too big and too loud too soon.
This article was first published in the print edition of Esquire Singapore, November 2017.