The Sky-Dweller is a compelling timepiece of revolutionary design that blends to perfection mechanical sophistication and ease of use, which features a dual time zone and an annual calendar.
A distinctive technological masterpiece protected by 11 to 14 patents depending on the model, the Rolex Sky-Dweller provides the information global travellers need to keep track of time at a glance.
A deep red rectangle in one of 12 windows around the dial indicates the current month, a striking characteristic of the Saros annual calendar.
The ingenious mechanism simplifies life for the wearer of the watch, who no longer needs to think about adjusting the date at the end of a 30-day month.
The two time zones are displayed simultaneously.
Local time is indicated by the conventional centre hour, minute and seconds hands. It can be set quickly and easily by means of a mechanism that allows the hour hand to be adjusted independently in one-hour increments both forwards and backwards.
The date change is linked to local time and occurs within a few milliseconds at midnight. So the date displayed in the aperture is always the current date in the wearer’s local time zone.
The Sky-Dweller’s Saros annual calendar owes its high efficiency to a mechanism of revolutionary simplicity.
Displaying the correct date through the year, this ingenious system patented by Rolex replicates the irregular occurrence of 30- and 31-day months using only four additional gear wheels.
The rotatable Ring Command bezel interacts with the movement to allow the global traveller to easily access the watch functions that need setting. The bezel can be turned to one of three positions to select the date, local time or reference time. 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. Such innovation epitomizes Rolex's in-house mastery of the design and manufacture of all the essential components of the watch.
The Sky-Dweller is equipped with calibre 9001, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Introduced in 2012, it is one of the most complex calibres ever created by Rolex watchmakers.
Like all Rolex Perpetual movements, the 9001 is a certified Swiss Chronometer, a designation reserved for high-precision watches that have successfully passed the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) tests. Its architecture, in common with all Oyster watch movements, makes it singularly reliable.
Nothing beats experiencing first-hand the meticulous details, the balanced weight, the comfort and simply the feel of a Rolex watch.