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Rolex Sky-Dweller

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About Rolex Sky-Dweller

The Rolex Sky-Dweller is the latest model released by the company. It is a great acquisition for travelers as it can simultaneously tell the time from two different time zones.

Although this model looks similar to other traditional Rolex watches, it is acknowledged as the most complicated watch to date. This is because it possesses a series of complex features, such as a function control bezel and month calendar.

While it was not that popular at its release, the changes to the subsequent references made the model more appealing. Today, the Sky-Dweller has become one of the most popular and expensive Rolex models.

History of the Sky-Dweller

The Sky-Dweller is the newest model released by Rolex. This series of watches was revealed in 2012 after 20 years without releasing any new models.

Since the company had only been releasing new references to their already existing models, the news of a new model was a pleasant surprise to many watch enthusiasts. However, the Sky-Dweller looked highly similar to other traditional models. This gave the watch a slow start towards its current popularity.

Nonetheless, the only similarity it shared with previous models was the aesthetic element. Deep inside, the watch had an intricate and precise system and many outstanding features. One of the most relevant is the function control bezel that allows the wearer to set the date and month and adjust the 24 hours disc. This is a rotating disc located in the center of the dial and can be used to set the time of a different time zone.

The Rolex Sky-Dweller was designed with 14 distinct patents due to its complexity. This model was initially designed only in solid gold and had the option to choose between a leather strap or an Oyster bracelet. However, Rolesor versions were added to the collection in 2017, turning the Rolex Sky-Dweller into one of the most popular models. Currently, the leather strap models are discontinued.

Rolex Sky-Dweller Models

Since this model is relatively new, there aren't many versions. It is essential to know that all these versions come with a 42mm case and are powered by a caliber 9001 movement.

Ref. 326935 and Ref. 326135

These two versions were designed with an Oyster case made of 18K Everose gold and a chocolate-colored dial. The only difference between them is the strap. Ref. 326135 had a brown alligator strap, while Ref. 326935 was designed with an Oyster bracelet. Ref. 326935 is the most expensive model in the entire Rolex Sky-Dweller series. Rolex released Ref. 326135 in 2012 and Ref. 326935 in 2014.

Ref. 326938 and Ref. 326138

These versions had an 18K yellow gold Oyster case and a champagne-colored dial. Same as before, the only difference between both versions was the strap. While Ref. 326938 had an Oyster bracelet, Ref. 326138 came with a brown alligator leather strap. Rolex released the bracelet version in 2012 and the strap version in 2014.

Ref. 326939 and Ref. 326139

Following the pattern, both versions possessed an 18K White gold Oyster case. However, Ref. 326939 was designed with an Oyster bracelet and an ivory-colored dial, while Ref. 326139 had a black leather strap and black dial. Ref. 326939 was produced in 2012, and Ref. 326139 in 2014. Both versions have been discontinued.

Ref 326933 (Yellow Rolesor)

This model was designed as a Yellow Rolesor. The case was made of stainless steel with a yellow gold bezel and crown. The bracelet was also made of stainless steel with yellow gold center links. It is possible to choose between black, white, and champagne for the dial color, and it features baton hour markers. This model was released in 2017.

Ref. 326934 (White Rolesor)

This version is the most affordable and popular Sky-Dweller version. Its popularity often makes the price higher. It possesses the same characteristics as the Yellow Rolesor version. However, the yellow gold is replaced with white gold, while the crown is made of steel.

It comes with three dial color options: blue, white, and black, being blue the most popular one. The White Rolesor with blue dial is the most popular combination and was released in 2017.

Rolex Sky-Dweller Features

Since this is the most complicated watch released by Rolex, the Sky-Dweller possesses many unique features.

Annual calendar

Aside from the date indicator, located at 3 o'clock, the Sky-Dweller possesses a small box next to each hour marker to indicate the month.

Each number on the dial represents a month, and the watch automatically moves the marker after a month has passed. It only requires an adjustment at the end of February each year to set the date.

Ring command bezel

Unscrewing the crown allows moving the bezel in different positions. It is possible to control multiple functions depending on the bezel position. This way, the wearer can set the month, date, and hour and move the internal 24-hour ring to display a second time zone.


The sky dweller is powered by a modern caliber 9001. This allows the watch to be as precise as possible. Furthermore, it has a 72-hour power reserve with a Superlative Chronometer Certification. This means that the time only deviates +/- 2 seconds per day.

Bracelet Materials and Dials

Rolex offers the Sky-Dweller with a wide variety of materials to choose from. Same as with any other Rolex watch, only high-quality materials are used. This includes:

  • 18k Yellow Gold
  • 18k White Gold
  • 18k Rose Gold
  • 904L Stainless Steel

Furthermore, depending on the reference, the dial colors available include:

  • Blue
  • White
  • Black
  • Champagne
  • Silver/Ivory
  • Chocolate

Lastly, the hour markers also vary, offering Roman, Arabic, and baton markers.

Celebrities Wearing The Rolex Sky-Dweller

Many celebrities have gotten a Rolex Sky-Dweller due to its popularity, such as:

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Tiger Woods
  • Chris Brown
  • Floyd Mayweather
  • Jay Z
  • Roger Federer
  • Conor McGregor
  • LeBron James

Furthermore, even Michael Jordan has been seen wearing the famous Sky-Dweller White Rolesor with a blue dial.


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