2023 Rolex Sky Dweller

Rolex Skydweller

In 2023, Rolex has chosen to expand its collection of highly complicated watches, the Sky-Dweller, with the introduction of three new variations. It is worth mentioning that the Sky-Dweller is the most recent entirely new model from Rolex, having been released in 2012. While these timepieces are not entirely novel, they do bring some first-time configurations to the collection. The new releases feature dials in green (a new addition to the collection), blue, and black, each paired with a different case and bracelet combination. Additionally, an updated movement, the Caliber 9002, debuts in these models.

The Sky-Dweller's case remains consistent across all three variants. The profile retains its familiar design, characterized by a robust and chunky appearance that is typical of Rolex, with a diameter of 42mm and a thickness of 14mm, providing ample space for the intricate mechanisms of Rolex's most complex display. The mint green dial is presented in the brand's Rolesor combination of steel and white gold, while the black dial is housed in 18ct white gold, and the blue-green dial is encased in Rolex's proprietary 18ct Everose pink gold. The green and blue dials are paired with matching oyster bracelets featuring folding Oysterclasps with 5mm extension links.

In contrast, the black model comes with a rubber Oysterflex clasp equipped with a Glidelock extension clasp, marking the first time white gold has been combined with this strap option for the Sky-Dweller. The screw-down crown incorporates Rolex's Twinlock system, ensuring water resistance up to 100 meters. Notably, concealed within the fluted bezel is the patented Ring Command system, connecting the movement, crown, and bezel to enable the swift selection and easy adjustment of each of the watch's functions—an aspect that has always impressed enthusiasts.

The dials of the Sky-Dweller are available in mint green, black, and blue-green, offering a selection consistent with the existing range. It is worth mentioning that the mint green dial was previously exclusive to the Datejust collection. The signature cyclops date window at 3 o'clock and the offset rotating 24-hour ring displaying the reference time zone remain unchanged.

The applied indices feature a generous application of Rolex's Chromalight luminescent material, and the indicators for the annual calendar, referred to as Saros by Rolex, are positioned just outside the markers. A red marker on the periphery travels to indicate the current month of the year. The matching baton-shaped hands are partially hollowed to ensure optimal readability of the second time zone. The dials boast a sunburst texture, adding a playful touch to the Sky-Dweller name, while the 24-hour ring features a matte finish for contrast.

The new Caliber 9002 represents the first upgrade to the Sky-Dweller movement since its initial release. Rolex has not provided detailed information about the exact enhancements, but it is likely that they consist of incremental improvements to enhance the movement's performance without drastically affecting its operational capacity.

The movement incorporates a high-efficiency, temperature-resistant Chronergy escapement, a Paraflex shock system, and Rolex's Blue Parachrom hairspring. Operating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (vph) and boasting a three-day power reserve, the movement is certified as a Superlative Chronometer, ensuring precision within -2/+2 seconds per day. Rolex recommends servicing the movement approximately every ten years.

While these three models are new, it is noteworthy that all Sky-Dwellers will now be equipped with the updated Caliber 9002. This update adds further value to the entire Sky-Dweller range. The new Rolex Sky-Dweller Everose 336935 is priced at $50,900 USD, the white gold variant 336239 costs $42,700 USD, and the Rolesor model 336934 is priced at $15,650 USD.

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