The New Rolex Sky-Dweller is fitted with an Oysterflex bracelet for the first time. The innovative, high-performance elastomer bracelet on this 18 ct yellow gold version has an Oysterclasp and the Rolex Glidelock extension.
An Invitation To Travel
Rolex is presenting a new 18 ct yellow gold version of its Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller, fitted with an Oysterflex bracelet. The watch is the first in the Classic category to include this innovative bracelet made of high-performance elastomer. It also features a bright black, sunray-finish dial with hands and hour markers in 18 ct yellow gold. The light reflections on the case sides and lugs highlight the refined profile of the 42 mm Oyster case.
Unique to the Sky-Dweller is the fluted, rotatable bezel. One can set the watch with the rotatable bezel in conjunction with the Ring Command system. A luminescent material coats or fills the hands and hour markers. They emit a long-lasting blue glow in dark conditions. Equipped with calibre 9001, the Sky-Dweller is at the forefront of watchmaking technology.
Like all Rolex watches, the Sky-Dweller carries the Superlative Chronometer certification, which ensures excellent performance on the wrist.
The New Rolex Sky-Dweller: A Wealth Of Expertise
An elegant watch for frequent travellers, the Sky-Dweller displays the time in two time zones simultaneously. It also has an annual calendar. The reference time, in 24-hour format, shows via an off-centre disc. Local time shows using conventional centre hands. Furthermore, the annual calendar, named Saros, automatically differentiates between 30- and 31-day months. Operated by a patented mechanism, it also stands out for its innovative display. 12 apertures around the circumference of the dial indicate the months of the year, with the current month marked in red. The instantaneous date change links to the local time.
In addition, the Sky-Dweller includes the Ring Command system. It is an interface between the rotatable bezel, winding crown and movement that allows the wearer to select and set the timepiece’s functions one by one, easily, quickly and securely.
The Oyster Case, Symbol Of Waterproofness
The Oyster case of the Sky-Dweller is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet). A solid piece of 18 ct yellow gold forms the base of the middle case. Only Rolex watchmakers can access the movement via the hermetically sealed case back. In addition, the Twinlock winding crown, fitted with a double waterproofness system, screws down securely against the case. Virtually scratchproof sapphire makes up the crystal. A Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock allows for easy reading of the date. The waterproof Oyster case also provides optimum protection for the watch’s movement.
Perpetual Calibre 9001
This new version of the Sky-Dweller boasts the calibre 9001, a movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. With multiple patents filed, this mechanical, self-winding movement is one of the most complex calibres that the brand has created. In addition, its architecture, manufacturing and innovative features make it exceptionally precise and reliable.
Calibre 9001 has a blue Parachrom hairspring manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive paramagnetic alloy. This makes it up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks. Equally important, the Rolex overcoil in the blue Parachrom hairspring ensures the calibre’s regularity in any position. The Rolex-designed and -patented high-performance Paraflex shock absorbers feature an oscillator which increases the movement’s shock resistance.
Calibre 9001 features a self-winding module via a Perpetual rotor. It also offers a power reserve of approximately 72 hours.
The Sky-Dweller is fitted with an Oysterflex bracelet made up of 18 ct yellow gold. This singularly combines the robustness and reliability of a metal bracelet with the flexibility and comfort of an elastomer strap. Developed and patented by Rolex, flexible metal blades make up the innovative bracelet . In addition, a high-performance black elastomer overmoulds the blades. This material is particularly resistant to environmental effects and very durable. Longitudinal cushions on the inside of the Oysterflex bracelet enhance comfort.
The Oysterflex bracelet on this new version of the Sky-Dweller features a folding Oysterclasp in 18 ct yellow gold. In addition, it features the Rolex Glidelock extension system, also developed and patented by the brand. This particularly inventive mechanism comprises a rack located under the clasp cover that locks into the chosen notch. The Rolex Glidelock on the Oysterflex bracelet has six notches of approximately 2.5 mm. This allows one to adjust the length of the bracelet easily without tools, up to some 15 mm.
Superlative Chronometer Certification
Like all Rolex watches, the Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller is covered by the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015. It also testifies that every watch leaving the brand’s workshops has successfully undergone a series of tests conducted by Rolex. These certification tests apply to the fully assembled watch, after casing the movement, guaranteeing superlative performance on the wrist in terms of precision, power reserve, waterproofness and self-winding. The precision of a Rolex Superlative Chronometer is of the order of −2/+2 seconds per day, or more than twice that required of an official chronometer.
Finally, the Superlative Chronometer status is symbolized by the green seal that comes with every Rolex watch. This is coupled with an international five-year guarantee.
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