Welcome to our new series, Bob’s Spotlight where each week we’ll delve into an exceptional Rolex model from our inventory. In our first chapter, we selected the head-turning Everose Rolex Sky-Dweller. Read on to discover more about this beauty before it’s gone.
The Rolex Sky-Dweller is the brand’s newest collection, having made its debut in 2012. It is also one of the most expensive current models from Rolex. Up until very recently—Baselworld 2017 to be exact—the Rolex Sky-Dweller was exclusively available in 18k gold. As of this year, it is now available in a two-tone Rolesor yellow gold and steel model. However, today we take a look at one of the gold and leather Sky-Dweller models: the Everose ref. 326135.
Sky-Dweller Everose Gold 326135 in Leather
There is something very alluring about the color combinations of the Sky-Dweller ref. 326135. The warm tone of the rose gold case coupled with the dark brown dial and strap recall another famous Swiss export—luscious chocolate! The 42mm Oyster case is not crafted from any old 18k rose gold either, but rather, from the Rolex-patented Everose gold. Made at Rolex’s in-house foundry, Everose pink gold is famous for both its distinct look and resistance to fading.
Housed within the case is the brown dial that serves as a backdrop to the plethora of information offered up by the Sky-Dweller—which we will go over in detail further below. The “chocolate” brown dial on this specific model matches the “tobacco” brown leather strap perfectly. The ref. 326135 also offers the “Sunburst” dial color option, which is essentially the same color as the case. Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches with leather straps are nowhere near as common as metal bracelet models, which is a shame really, because the company does execute the leather look so well. An Everose gold folding clasp fastens the leather strap together for security and comfort.
On top of the case sits the iconic fluted bezel, giving this modern model a very classic “Rolex” look. Not only does the bezel of the Sky-Dweller serve as an attractive aesthetic detail, but it also controls parts of the automatic movement too.
Rolex 9001 Caliber
Aptly named the Ring Command, turning the bezel to three different positions allows the wearer to set the date, local time, or home time. Powering the Sky-Dweller is the automatic in-house Rolex 9001 caliber with two time zones, date, and month. One of the more technically complex watches in the current collection, the Sky-Dweller is, in fact, an annual calendar. This means that the timepiece only needs one adjustment a year, at the end of February when either 28 or 29 needs to be pushed forward to 1 March. This once-a-year-only regulating is of course contingent upon the watch being consistently on all year, whether that means on the wrist or stored in a watch winder. The Sky-Dweller does, however, offer 72 hours of power reserve, thus the watch can be off the wrist for about three days before running out of juice.
In typical Rolex fashion, the date window is at 3 o’clock under the Cyclops lens on the sapphire crystal. In addition to the date, 12 windows behind the hour-markers indicate the month of the year. On the Everose versions of the Sky-Dweller, the corresponding window (e.g. 8=August) shows up white. Enhancing the practicality of the Sky-Dweller is the second time zone as indicated via the 24-hour disc sitting off-center on the dial—particularly useful for travelers.
While Rolex famously built the GMT-Master for commercial pilots, the Sky-Dweller is meant more for those who fly private. Beautiful to look at, practical to wear, and expensive to own, the Everose Sky-Dweller ref. 326135 is an especially exclusive Rolex watch to covet.
Do you like the Everose pink gold versions of the Sky-Dweller? Or do you prefer the yellow or white gold models?