The WatchTime team finally visited Rolex today at Baselworld 2014, and among the new Rolex watches we saw were three new versions of the Rolex Sky-Dweller, the innovative annual calendar watch first introduced at Baselworld 2012.
The new references of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller include a model in 18k yellow gold with a brown alligator strap, another in 18k white gold with a black alligator leather strap, and another with a case made of Rolex’s proprietary Everose gold with a matching Everose gold bracelet.
The Sky-Dweller’s monobloc Oyster case is 42 mm in diameter and water-resistant to 100 meters; the gold blocks for each case are cast in Rolex’s own foundry. The fluted caseback is screwed down with a special tool exclusive to Rolex watchmakers. The screw-down crown is fitted with Rolex’s patented Twinlock water-resistance system, and the clasp on the gold bracelet features Rolex’s patented Easylink extension system, through which the wearer can increase the bracelet’s length by almost 5 mm. (The new Sky-Dweller watches with leather straps both have Rolex Oysterclasps, in gold matching that of the respective cases.
The Rolex Sky-Dweller contains the automatic Caliber 9001, which includes a dual time zone display and a clever annual calendar mechanism developed by Rolex, which uses both the crown and a rotating “ring command bezel” to set the watch’s various functions (for details on how the Sky-Dweller’s mechanism works, click here). The movement is a COSC-certified chronometer and includes an oscillator equipped with Rolex’s patented blue Parachrom hairspring, which aids in protection against magnetic fields and temperature variations.
Prices for the new Rolex Sky-Dweller watches will be $38,150 for the yellow-gold model on a strap, $39,550 for the white gold watch on a strap, and $48,850 for the Everose gold version with bracelet.