This yr for Watches and Wonders 2023, Rolex has opted to broaden its most intricate watch assortment, the Sky-Dweller, with three new variants. It’s additionally, we should always be aware, the newest completely new mannequin, launched in 2012 (till this yr, in fact). Whereas none of those watches are completely new, they do characterize just a few firsts so far as configurations go. These new releases function inexperienced (new for the gathering), blue, and black dials, every in a distinct case and bracelet mixture. And what’s new is the up to date Caliber 9002.
Dimensions: 42mm diameter
Water Resistance: 100m
Case Materials: Everose, white gold, or Rolesor
Strap/Bracelet: Oyster bracelet or Oysterflex rubber strap
Crystal/Lens: Sapphire crystal
Motion: Rolex 9002
Energy Reserve: 72 hours
Working Frequency: 28,800 vph/4hz
Value & Availability: TBD
Rolex maintains the Sky-Dweller’s case throughout all three. The profile stays the identical, with the fashions being among the chunkier the model presents, at 42mm in diameter and 14mm thick, accommodating the complicated inside workings of Rolex’s most intricate show. The brand new mint inexperienced dial is obtainable within the model’s Rolesor mixture of metal and white gold, whereas the black is available in 18ct white gold, and the blue-green within the model’s proprietary 18ct Everose pink gold. Whereas the inexperienced and blue dials function matching oyster bracelets with folding Oysterclasps that function 5mm extension hyperlink, the black mannequin comes with a rubber Oysterflex clasp with a Glidelock extension clasp (the primary time white gold has been mixed with that strap on this mannequin). The screw-down crown options Rolex’s Twinlock system and helps with 100m of water resistance. Lastly, the function that has all the time blown me away: hid within the fluted bezel is the patented Ring Command system, which hyperlinks the motion, crown, and bezel to permit for the short choice and simple adjustment of every of the watch’s features.
The dials are simply as we all know the Sky-Dweller provided in mint inexperienced, black, and blue-green. Of be aware, the mint inexperienced was beforehand solely out there on the Datejust. The cyclops date at 3 o’clock stays, as does the offset rotating 24-hour ring that exhibits the reference time zone. The matching indices are all utilized and have a beneficiant fill of Rolex’s Chromalight lume, whereas simply exterior the markers sit the symptoms for the annual calendar, which Rolex calls Saros: A crimson marker travels the periphery to indicate the month of the yr. The matching baton handset is partially hole to permit superb studying of the second time zone. The feel of the dials is sunburst, including a little bit of a wink to the entire Sky-Dweller title, whereas the 24-hour ring includes a matte end for a little bit of distinction.
The brand new Caliber 9002 sees the primary improve to the Sky-Dweller motion since its introduction. The model just isn’t clear on the precise upgrades right here, because the specs appear very related. Figuring out Rolex, these are possible incremental adjustments that don’t drastically impact the operational capability of the motion, however slightly simply make all the things work a bit higher. The motion has a high-efficiency, temperature resistant Chronergy escapement, a Paraflex shock system, and the model’s Blue Parachrom hairspring. It beats at 28,800 vph with a three-day energy reserve and, in fact, it’s a Superlative Chronometer, which means it’s regulated and examined to -/+2 seconds per day. The model recommends a service interval of 10 years on its actions.
Whereas these three fashions are new, it needs to be famous that each one Sky-Dwellers will now be geared up with the brand new Caliber 9002, for no matter that could be value (we’ll have extra particulars quickly). For now, we’ve received three new additions to Rolex’s most intricate and novel show. We’ll replace pricing as quickly as we get it, however within the meantime, you’ll be able to go to the model’s web site for extra info.
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