Well look at that, Rolex has released a trio of their “Sky-Dweller” on the rubber Oysterflex bracelet. These watches may be airborne, but they’ll be “burning rubber” as soon as they hit the boutiques.
I still remember when Rolex debuted this unique strap on the “Yacht-Master”, now its gradually spreading into other collections. It is a welcomed addition, but unlike the other 2020 releases unveiling new movements and diameters; in regards to the “Sky-Dweller” the strap is the main novelty.
The 42mm case is available in either 18k yellow gold or Everose gold with a screw-down case back. Mounted to the case is a bidirectional fluted bezel with the “Ring Command” system for setting functions, which can be utilized in conjunction with the crown as it rotates.
Also possess a fluted case back that is hermetically screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement.
Its winding crown has also been fitted with the Twinlock double waterproofness system that screws down securely against the case. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Time can be seen with a black dial on the yellow gold version, and brown chocolate or white colors in the Everose options.
All of them come with wide rectangular hour index markers, which was a 2017 novelty since traditionally Sky-Dwellers either had exclusively Arabic or Roman numerals, never “sticks” until them. It seems the public was pleased and Rolex is “sticking” with it, pun intended.
After all continuing with these index markers helps distinguish this new era of the “Sky-Dweller”, from previous models at a glance; besides offering more surface for the luminescent filling that translates to an improved legibility. Pointing out the time are also the longer hands that originally debuted on the 2016 “Rolex Explorer” and that further contributes to a swift time read.
Then we have its standard off-set dial with a second timezone that is indicated by a fixed inverted red triangle. Which makes this another GMT watch option, for those who don’t appreciate the “Rolex GMT Master” models. Also includes a date aperture with a cyclops lens at the 3 o’clock position.
Rolex Sky-Dweller iN 2020
The “Rolex Sky-Dweller” (References below) is is powered by the in-house self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 9001 with 40 jewels and 28,800 vph. It comes equipped with a Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring and high-performance Paraflex shock absorbers. Plus it’s seven patents truly reaffirms this movement as one of the most complex calibers ever developed by Rolex. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 72 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is not the standard Oyster bracelet we’ve grown accustomed to; instead Rolex has fitted the new Sky-Dweller models with the black rubber Oysterflex bracelet (or, strap if we wanna get technical about it),
which is put together by flexible metal blades overmoulded with high-performance elastomer; while secured to the wrist by a folding Oysterclasp with a Rolex Glidelock extension system (that can extend 15mm in increments of 2.5mm). For more up to date information visit the official Rolex website here.