An elegant watch for world travellers, the Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller is a compelling timepiece of revolutionary design that perfectly blends technological sophistication and is easy to use. A technological masterpiece protected by 14 patents, the Sky-Dweller provides the information global travellers need to easily keep track of time, in an unprecedented and highly original way. To set its functions quickly and easily, the Sky-Dweller is also equipped with a new patented interface: the rotatable Ring Command bezel.
THE EXQUISITE SIMPLICITY OF TRACKING TIME
The Sky-Dweller's off-centre disc for the second time zone gives the watch excellent legibility and distinct aesthetics. During travel the reference time is indicated by a fixed red triangle, symbolizing the wearer's usual place of residence or work. The 24-hour display allows for unmistakeable distinction between daytime hours and nighttime hours in the distant time zone.Watch video
DUAL TIME ZONE
The two time zones are displayed simultaneously. Local time is indicated by the conventional centre hour, minute and seconds hands. It can be set quickly and easily by means of a mechanism that allows the hour hand to be adjusted independently in one-hour increments both forwards and backwards. Neither the minute and seconds nor the reference time in the second time zone are affected. And, since the watch is not stopped, accuracy is preserved. Reference time in the traveller’s usual place of residence or work is read on a rotating off-centre disc.
The current month is indicated in deep red within one of 12 windows around the dial, a striking characteristic of the Saros annual calendar. This ingenious mechanism simplifies life for the wearer of the watch, who no longer needs to think about adjusting the date at the end of a 30-day month. The annual calendar displays the correct date through the year. Only one adjustment is needed – on 1 March (February having only 28 or 29 days). The date is connected to local time and automatically changes according to the traveller’s local time zone.
RING COMMAND BEZEL
The rotatable Ring Command bezel interacts with the movement to allow the global traveller to easily access the watch functions that need setting. The bezel can be turned to one of three positions to select the date, local time or reference time. The selected function can then be rapidly adjusted in either direction using the winding crown. This intuitive interface is based on a complex mechanical module with no fewer than 60 components, the product of state-of-the-art watchmaking and advanced micromechanics. Such innovation epitomizes Rolex's in-house mastery of the design and manufacture of all the essential components of the watch.
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Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, Rolex pioneered the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, exploration, the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring activities, as well as philanthropic programmes.