What makes the Rolex Sky-Dweller so clever?
The Rolex Sky-Dweller is ideally the most complicated watch in the Rolex catalogue.
The brand designed and developed it to work as an efficient timepiece – easy to use and durable. When launched in 2012, the Sky-Dweller was available only in precious metal.
However, while Rolex released two Rolesor versions of it in 2017, the Sky-Dweller instantly became the most complicated watch.
No one can doubt its innate ingenuity. The watch features a dual-time zone and annual calendar, protected by nearly 11 to 14 patents.
Interestingly, the Rolex Sky-Dweller is also a more accessible Rolex watches out there, even in its white Rolesor version.
The Sky-Dweller is, indeed, a smart watch.
The Exclusive Features That You Can’t See
The Rolex Sky-Dweller displays dual time zones simultaneously. The standard Rolex format is – local time and the date.
However, a fixed inverted triangle indicates a 24-hour disc.
- The 24-hour display serves as the user’s reference time. The wearer can set the home time or any time zone he/she chooses.
- Moreover, it is also easy to differentiate between day and night because of the 24-hour scale.
- One of the twelve apertures fitted below the hour indexes indicates the calendar month.
- Although the dial offers a lot of details, it is not overcrowded.
A watch should be equipped with many crown pushers, settings or little correctors to adjust such indicators. But, it is not so with the Rolex Sky-Dweller.
The crown controls and adjusts all functions cleverly disguised.
The Smart Bezel Technology
Rolex equipped the Sky-Dweller with a novel and smart bezel technology referred to as – Ring Command. However, the Rolex Yacht-Master II also runs on similar technology.
- While the bezel rotates, it corresponds with the movement.
- Eventually, it changes the function that is tied up with the winding crown.
- Moreover, the complex and patented mechanical module is made up of nearly 60 components.
The “SAROS” Annual Calendar
Rolex initially offered only a complete calendar before introducing the Sky-Dweller.
The Rolex Sky-Dweller sports the innovative yet straightforward “SAROS” annual calendar. The calendar complication features only new four gear wheels.
- Interestingly, the Greek term “Saros” refers to the astronomical cycle that governs the reappearance of an eclipse.
- Moreover, while the design of the annual calendar is inspired by the alignment of the Earth, Sun, and Moon, the calendar is named “Saros”.
However, the watch needs manual adjusting only on 1st March. It is based on the principal below:
A fixed planetary (Sun) gear wheel is engrossed by a satellite (Earth) wheel for more than a month. However, the date disc powers it.
The satellite wheel has, in turn, its satellite wheel. It sports four fingers for the four 30days months. Now:
One of the fingers drives the date disc to move two days ahead in a few milliseconds at the end of April, June, September, and November.
Thus, the date 31 is “eclipsed”.
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