Introduced in 2012, the Rolex Sky-Dweller was the watchmaker’s first brand new collection for over a decade. The watch was noted for its innovative way for displaying two time zones simultaneously, where the reference time was indicated via a rotating disc on the dial.
As you would expect, this was big news in the luxury watch industry, as one of the biggest names had brought a new reference, movement and complication to the market.
Now, Rolex has unveiled a Rolesor Sky-Dweller at Baselworld 2017, and it is available for less than half the price of the previous models.
Presented in 18ct gold and 904L steel, a combination that the brand calls “Rolesor”, the watch is imbued with the strength of the steel and the elegance of the gold.
At 42mm wide, the new Sky-Dweller is one of the larger offerings from Rolex, and this is sure to appeal to those who prefer their watches to have a more imposing presence on the wrist. Further to this, the watch has an impressive water resistance of 100 metres and is now available with a bracelet option, while the original was only available with a leather strap.
The new bracelet and less restrictive pricing on the new Sky-Dweller means that Rolex are likely to break into a wider market segment with the watch, and the dial has taken on a much less formal appearance.
Indices are preferred to Roman and Arabic numerals, helping the dial to look much sleeker and less disorientating than previous iterations. The fluted bezel helps to reinforce the unmistakeable Rolex aesthetic which will also be a big selling point for prospective buyers.
Having been one of Rolex’s more expensive watches, it will be interesting to see more affordable Sky-Dweller performs. It is likely that it will provide those customers who are looking for a slightly more upmarket and lesser-seen Rolex a credible alternative to the likes of the Datejust.
The new Rolex Rolesor Sky-Dweller will be available in 6 new versions. A white gold edition with either blue, white or a black dial will be available for around £10,000 in the United Kingdom. Also, the yellow gold model will retail at around £12,500 and will also be available in three dial colours: champagne, white or black.