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About Rolex Sky-Dweller

The Rolex 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 were later released in 2017. The Rolex 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 was highly talked about in the watch industry. What made the whole release even more impressive was that Rolex maintained their durability and ruggedness (a quality they are known for) in the complicated Sky-Dweller movement.

What makes the Sky-Dweller so desirable?

There are generally two avenues to go down when going into the mindset of a potential Rolex Sky-Dweller customer. The first is the buyer going after the stainless-steel option. There is a great amount of value in terms of complications for the money. The other route is a 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.

Why buy a pre-owned Sky-Dweller?

All Rolex Sky-Dweller models are generally very high in-demand. Moreover, the stainless-steel models are particularly in-demand 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 Rolex Sky-Dweller to your collection, WatchBox’s global inventory is the best place to start your search!

Learn more about Rolex’s most complicated watch

The Rolex 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.

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 Rolex 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. There are a variety of Sky-Dweller dials and finishes, including the popular 18k Rose Gold model with a chocolate dial. Other favorite references include the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller in 18-karat gold, the yellow gold reference, and of course, the stainless steel Sky-Dweller.

Frequently asked questions

How to get a Rolex Sky-Dweller?

The Sky-Dweller can be hard to find new, as there’s generally a 2 to 4 year waitlist. Pre-owned marketplaces such as WatchBox offer the chance for watch collectors to purchase the watch immediately.

How much is a Sky-Dweller Rolex?

The price for a Sky-Dweller varies based on the reference, material, age, and demand. Stainless steel Sky-Dwellers tend to be on the lower price range with precious metal references on the higher end. Expect to spend anywhere between $21,000 to $56,000 on a Rolex Sky-Dweller — however, this price point can quickly change over time.

Is the Rolex Sky-Dweller worth it?

The Sky-Dweller’s high price can easily be justified by the fact that it is Rolex’s most complicated watch that features dual-time functionality, a date window, month indicator, and chosen reference time. Despite the amount of features the watch has, it’s easy to read all of the information on the dial. With a 72-hour power reserve, it’s designed for global travelers to easily keep track of time.

How does a Rolex Sky-Dweller work?

What sets the Rolex 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.

How to set time on Rolex Sky-Dweller?

To set the time on a Rolex Sky-Dweller, follow these steps.

  1. Set the reference time by unscrewing the crown and pulling it out to the first notch.

  2. Then, rotate the bezel counterclockwise to the 3rd position.

  3. Turn the crown in either direction until the dial displays the desired time.

  4. To set the local time, put the bezel in the 2nd position (rotating clockwise).

  5. Adjust the jumping hour hand by rotating the crown (the minute hand will not move).

  6. Set the date by putting the bezel in the 1st position (rotating clockwise).

  7. Rotate the crown until you've reached the desired month and date.

Is Sky-Dweller a sports watch?

The Sky-Dweller is a luxury sports watch, so it’s appropriate for both sporty and dressy occasions. Stainless steel Sky-Dwellers are especially ideal for daily wear.

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