Baselworld 2017: New Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller

Baselworld  2017: New Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller

Rolex is introducing new versions of the Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller, its classic watch for world travellers, for the first time in a choice of yellow Rolesor or white Rolesor versions – combining 904L steel and 18 ct yellow or white gold. The dials now feature rectangular index hour markers and longer hands, as well as a Chromalight display with long-lasting luminescence, which enhances legibility.+

 

Like all Rolex watches, the new Sky-Dweller carries the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015 to ensure singular performance on the wrist.

THE WATCH FOR WORLD TRAVELLERS

An elegant watch for world travellers, the Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller is a compelling timepiece of revolutionary design that blends to perfection technological sophistication and ease of use. A technological masterpiece protected by 11 patents, the Sky-Dweller provides, in an unprecedented and highly original way, the information global travellers need to easily keep track of time. It includes a dual time zone, with local time read via centre hands and a reference time display in a 24-hour format read via a rotating off-centre disc on the dial; a particularly innovative annual calendar named Saros – after the astronomical phenomenon of the same name – that requires only one date adjustment a year, when the month changes from February to March; and a month display by means of 12 apertures around the circumference of the dial. To set its functions quickly and easily, the Sky-Dweller is also equipped with an innovative patented interface: the rotatable Ring Command bezel.

THE OYSTER CASE, SYMBOL OF WATERPROOFNESS

The Sky-Dweller’s Oyster case, guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet), is a paragon of robustness. Its characteristically shaped middle case is crafted from a solid block of 904L steel. Its fluted case back is hermetically screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement.

The winding crown, fitted with the Twinlock double waterproofness system, screws down securely against the case. The crystal, with a Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock for easy reading of the date, is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire. The waterproof Oyster case provides optimum protection for the Sky-Dweller’s high-precision movement.

THE FIRST ROLEX WITH A DUAL TIME-ZONE DISPLAY AND AN ANNUAL CALENDAR

PERPETUAL CALIBRE 9001

The Sky-Dweller is equipped with calibre 9001, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Protected by seven patents, it is one of the most complex calibres ever developed by the brand. Its architecture, manufacturing quality and innovative features make it singularly precise and reliable.

The oscillator, the true heart of the watch, has a blue Parachrom hairspring patented and manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive alloy. Insensitive to magnetic fields, the Parachrom hairspring offers great stability in the face of temperature variations and remains up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks. A Rolex overcoil ensures its regularity in any position. The oscillator is held firmly in place by a height-adjustable traversing bridge and is fitted between high-performance Paraflex shock absorbers, developed and patented by Rolex, that provide 50 per cent greater resistance to shocks.

Calibre 9001 is equipped with a self-winding module via a Perpetual rotor and offers a power reserve of approximately 72 hours. A selector wheel on the outside edge of the movement ensures the interaction of the movement and the bezel of the watch to set the functions.

THE SKY-DWELLER BLENDS TO PERFECTION MECHANICAL SOPHISTICATION AND EASE OF USE

The rotatable Ring Command bezel interacts with the movement to allow the global traveller to easily set all watch functions. 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.

Unfortunately we can’t give you the expected time of arrival of the new Rolex Skydwellers yet. To check out the new Sky-Dweller please click here.

MODEL CASE

Oyster, 42 mm, steel and yellow gold

OYSTER ARCHITECTURE

Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown

DIAMETER

42 mm

MATERIAL

Yellow Rolesor – combination of 904L steel and 18 ct yellow gold

BEZEL

Fluted, bidirectional rotatable Rolex Ring Command

WINDING CROWN

Screw-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system

CRYSTAL

Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date

WATER-RESISTANCE

Waterproof to 100 metres / 330 feet

MOVEMENT

Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding, dual time zones, annual calendar

CALIBRE

9001, Manufacture Rolex

FUNCTIONS

Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. 24-hour display on off-centre disc. Second time zone. Instantaneous annual calendar at 3 o’clock and rapid-setting of the date. Month display via 12 apertures around the circumference of the dial. Stop-seconds for precise time setting

OSCILLATOR

Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. High-performance Paraflex shock absorbers

WINDING

Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor

POWER RESERVE

Approximately 72 hours

BRACELET

Oyster, flat three-piece links

BRACELET MATERIAL

Yellow Rolesor – combination of 904L steel and 18 ct yellow gold

CLASP

Folding Oysterclasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link

DIAL

Black

DETAILS

Highly legible Chromalight display with long-lasting blue luminescence

CERTIFICATION

Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing)