The Sky-Dweller has a short but important history behind it. The model line was introduced in 2012 in all precious metal variations (in usual Rolex fashion), and the stainless-steel options came later in 2017. The Sky-Dweller was especially important because it reminded the industry of the impressive watchmaking ability that Rolex has backing it. Rolex is not known for having particularly complex movements, but the launch of the intricate Sky-Dweller helped to re-plant their flag so-to-speak. What made the whole release even more impressive was that Rolex was able to maintain their durability and ruggedness (a quality they are known for) in the complicated Sky-Dweller movement.
There are generally two avenues to go down when going into the mindset of a potential Sky-Dweller customer. The first is the buyer going after the stainless-steel option. Here there is a great amount of value in terms of complications for the money. The other route is buyer seeking the precious metal variations with a price tag more indicative of the luxury status of the watch. This buyer is looking for one of the most technically impressive and high-end watches in the Rolex catalog. Either direction, the Sky-Dweller models are each highly sought-after watches.
All Sky-Dweller models are very in-demand watches at the moment. Moreover, the stainless-steel Sky-Dwellers are especially in-demand watches at the moment. The pre- owned market is the best place to shop for any of these models because the inventory is actually available. It is difficult to find these watches in authorized dealers. If you are looking to add a Sky-Dweller to your collection, Watchbox’s global inventory is the best place to start your search!
The Sky-Dweller is one of the most complicated watches in the current Rolex line-up, and it is objectively one of their most interesting as well. These watches feature a second time zone, date at 3 o’clock, and most impressively, an annual calendar complication. An annual calendar accounts for the irregularity in months when changing the date. For example, the Sky-Dweller will jump right from April 30th to May 1st , unlike every other watch with a regular date complication that would instead flip to the 31st . What sets the Sky-Dweller apart from every other annual calendar watch is the way in which the complication is implemented. There are apertures on the outside of each hour marker that correspond to one of the twelve months with the current month being indicated by a red filling. Again with the April scenario, the watch’s date would jump from “30” to “1” and the red filling would move from 4 to 5 o’clock. This is a beautiful piece of watchmaking to witness, and it is a brilliant way to add an annual calendar to the dial. The overall appearance of the Sky-Dweller is reminiscent of the Datejust and Day-Date models thanks to the fluted bezel, however, the fluted bezel on the SkyDweller has an added function. The Sky-Dweller’s bezel rotates and is attached to gears that work in conjunction with the crown in order to accurately set all of the watch’s complications.