OYSTER PERPETUAL SKY-DWELLER

OYSTER PERPETUAL SKY-DWELLER
O Y S T E R P E R P E T U A L S K Y- D W E L L E R
O Y S T E R P E R P E T U A L S K Y- D W E L L E R
The Oyster Perpetual SKY-DWELLER presented at Baselworld 2012 is the latest addition to
the Oyster collection, a compelling timepiece of revolutionary design that blends to perfection
technological sophistication and ease of use.
With 14 patents – five of which are new – the SKY-DWELLER provides, in an unprecedented and
highly original way, the information global travellers need to easily keep track of time: a dual time zone,
with local time read via centre hands and a reference time display in 24-hour format read via a rotating
off-centre disc visible on the dial; a particularly innovative annual calendar named SAROS – in tribute
to the astronomical phenomenon which inspired it – that requires only one date adjustment a year,
when the month changes from February to March; and a month display by means of 12 discreet
apertures around the circumference of the dial.
A majestic expression of the art of watchmaking and the product of Rolex’s exceptional technical
expertise, the SKY-DWELLER is as intuitive to read as it is simple to use. Local time, reference
time and the date are rapidly set using a highly innovative interface between the case and movement. The rotatable RING COMMAND bezel is the focal point of the interface, allowing the wearer
to select the individual functions to be set simply by turning the bezel. Each function can then be
adjusted swiftly and easily in both directions by means of the winding crown, which has only one
setting position.
The SKY-DWELLER is equipped with a new calibre, the 9001, an officially certified Swiss chronometer entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. The SKY-DWELLER epitomizes the values of
precision, robustness and reliability for which Rolex watches are renowned. It bears witness to
the creative force of a brand dedicated to its passion for innovation at the service of the wearer.
The SKY-DWELLER is designed for those who place the emphasis on useful functions, effortless
manipulation, prestige and elegance above all. Available in 18 ct white, yellow or EVEROSE gold cast
by Rolex in its own foundry, this advanced wristwatch features the fluted bezel that symbolizes
the codes of the brand. With its stately 42 mm OYSTER case, it is the embodiment of perfect
symbiosis between form and function, aesthetics and technology.
With the SKY-DWELLER, Rolex once again demonstrates its wealth of ingenuity by designing and
manufacturing a watch that perpetuates the OYSTER’s legendary excellence.
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dual time zone and 24-hour display
The combined display of local time via centre watch hands
and reference time via an off-centre disc makes the SKY-DWELLER
easy to read and endows it with unique aesthetics.
The Oyster Perpetual SKY-DWELLER features a
dual time zone that is as intuitive to read as it is
simple to use. The display’s highly original design
endows the watch with an aesthetic identity all
of its own.
Reference time via an off-centre disc
Global travellers can read the reference time
– the time at home or at their usual place of
work – via a rotating off-centre disc visible on
the dial. A fixed inverted red triangle points to
A fixed inverted red triangle indicates the reference
time. The 24-hour display allows the wearer
to distinguish daytime from night-time hours.
the wearer’s chosen reference time. The disc’s
24-hour display allows travellers to clearly distinguish daytime hours from night-time hours in
the reference time zone (for example, 10 p.m.
Date change linked to local time
versus 10 a.m.). At any moment and in any loca-
The date change is linked to local time and
tion, they know if it is an appropriate time to
occurs within a few milliseconds at midnight.
contact someone on the other side of the world.
Thus, the date displayed in the aperture is always
the current date in the wearer’s local time zone.
Centre hands for local time
Local time at the destination is indicated by the
Thanks to its innovative display and simple oper-
conventional centre hour, minute and seconds
ation, the SKY-DWELLER allows the traveller to
hands. It can be set very quickly and easily
adjust the watch to different time zones during a
thanks to a mechanism that allows the hour
journey, while benefitting from a constant, clear
hand to be adjusted independently in one-hour
display of reference time.
increments both forwards and backwards, so
that changing the local hour does not affect the
minute or seconds hands or the reference time.
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saros annual calendar
A particularly ingenious patented mechanism inspired by
an astronomical phenomenon differentiates between 30-day
and 31-day months, thanks to just four additional gear wheels.
The Oyster Perpetual SKY-DWELLER is equipped
inspired the design of the SKY-DWELLER’s
with a revolutionary annual calendar offering
annual calendar mechanism. The SAROS system
unparalleled robustness and reliability for such a
is designed around a fixed planetary gear wheel
complex watchmaking function. This annual cal-
(equivalent to the Sun) at the centre of the
endar’s qualities are attributable to an ingenious
movement. A satellite wheel (whose centre
mechanism named SAROS, patented by Rolex.
represents the Earth) engages with the plan-
Its original design was directly inspired by the
etary wheel and rotates, orbiting the planetary
astronomical phenomenon of the same name.
wheel in one month, driven by the date disc.
The satellite wheel is fitted with four fingers
Only one adjustment per year
(the Moon) for the four 30-day months (April,
This annual calendar automatically differenti-
June, September and November).
ates between 30-day and 31-day months. It
displays the correct date throughout the year
Double instantaneous date change
and requires only one adjustment a year – on
The gear ratio between the satellite wheel and
1st March, February having only 28 or 29 days.
the planetary wheel is calculated in such a way
that at the end of each 30-day month – and only
A system with intelligence
in these months – one of the satellite’s fingers
The ingenuity of the SAROS system developed
receives an additional impulse from the date
by Rolex lies in its simple and systematic hand­
change mechanism. This makes the calendar
ling of the irregular occurrence of 30 and 31-day
disc jump two days (from the 30th to the 1st)
months. This intelligent mechanism is based on
within a few milliseconds to display the correct
only two gear ratios and four gear wheels added
date.
to the traditional Rolex instantaneous date calendar. Such simplicity ensures peerless robustness
Discreet month apertures
and reliability for the annual calendar function.
The months of the year are indicated in 12 discreet apertures around the circumference of
Planetary and satellite wheels
the dial, outside the hour markers: January
The Greek term Saros has been used since
at 1 o’clock, February at 2 o’clock, and so on.
antiquity to designate an approximately 18-year
The current month is identified in a contrasting
cycle of alignment patterns between the Sun,
colour.
the Earth and the Moon that is behind lunar and
solar eclipses. This astronomical phenomenon
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ring command bezel
The RING COMMAND bezel can be turned to
any one of three positions to choose the function
to be set: date, local time or reference time.
The Oyster Perpetual SKY-DWELLER is equipped
a double cam and levers that engage various
with a rotatable RING COMMAND bezel that
gear trains inside the movement according to
allows the wearer to easily select the watch’s
the function selected. One of these cams is acti-
different functions via an innovative, patented
vated by pulling out the winding crown, the other
interface between the movement and case.
is driven by rotating the bezel to activate setting
wheels located in the middle case of the watch.
Unrestricted setting
The RING COMMAND bezel can be turned to
An expression of Rolex values
any one of three positions to select the function
With its innovative interface between the watch
to be set: date, local time or reference time. The
case and the movement, the RING COMMAND
selected function can then be rapidly adjusted in
bezel is the product of Rolex’s total mastery of
either direction, forwards or backwards, using
the design and manufacture of all the essential
the winding crown, which has only one setting
components of the watch. Rolex once again
position. Unlike traditional mechanisms, this
demonstrates core values that have always
interface developed by Rolex allows unrestricted
placed an emphasis on functionality and wearer
setting.
comfort.
A simple and intuitive interface
Classic elegance of the fluted bezel
This simple and intuitive interface is based on
With its iconic Rolex fluting, the SKY-DWELLER
a complex mechanical module which consists
is firmly established in the lineage of the models
of no fewer than 60 components and demands
in the OYSTER collection, such as the Datejust
state-of-the-art watchmaking and micromechan­
or the Day-Date, which have become symbols
ical expertise. The heart of the mechanism is
of prestige and timeless elegance.
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Calibre 9001
A certified chronometer, this new high-performance movement
entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex consists
of 380 components and is backed by seven patents.
The Oyster Perpetual SKY-DWELLER’s calibre
Calibre
9001 is a completely new self-winding mechan­
9001, Manufacture Rolex
ical movement, a pure distillation of Rolex tech-
Mechanical movement with bidirectional
self-winding via PERPETUAL rotor on ball
bearing
nology. Entirely developed and manufactured
in-house, with a total of 380 components and
backed by seven patents – four of which are
Precision
new – it is one of the most complex calibres
Officially certified Swiss chronometer (COSC)
ever developed by the brand.
Functions
A selector wheel on the outside edge of the
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands
movement ensures the interaction of the move-
24-hour display on off-centre disc
ment and the bezel of the watch to set the
Second time zone via independent
rapid-setting of the hour hand
functions.
Instantaneous annual calendar at 3 o’clock
with SAROS system and unrestricted
bidirectional rapid-setting of the date
Chronometric precision
Calibre 9001 is a certified Swiss chronometer, a
designation reserved for high-precision watches
that have successfully passed the Swiss Official
Month display via 12 apertures around the
circumference of the dial
Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) tests. The
Stop-seconds for precise time setting
oscillator has a blue PARACHROM hairspring
patented and manufactured by Rolex in an exclu-
Oscillator
sive paramagnetic alloy.
Frequency: 28,800 beats/hour (4 Hz)
Paramagnetic blue PARACHROM hairspring
Singular reliability
Breguet overcoil
The architecture behind the 9001, like that of
Large balance wheel with variable inertia
all PERPETUAL movements at Rolex, makes it
singularly reliable. The oscillator is fitted between
High-precision regulating via four gold
MICROSTELLA nuts
high-performance PARAFLEX shock absorbers,
Traversing balance bridge
developed and patented by Rolex, that offer
High-performance PARAFLEX shock absorbers
50 per cent greater resistance to shocks. It is
held firmly in place by a height-adjustable tra-
Jewelling
versing bridge. The SAROS annual calendar and
40 rubies
the RING COMMAND setting system are also
Power reserve
designed to be exceptionally robust.
Approximately 72 hours
Self-winding by Perpetual rotor
Calibre 9001 is fitted with a self-winding mechanism featuring Rolex’s PERPETUAL rotor which
ensures continuous winding of the mainspring
by harnessing movements of the wrist to
provide a constant source of energy.
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ReFeRENCE (case – BRACELET): 326939 – 72419
CASE
Type
OYSTER (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back
and winding crown)
Diameter
42 mm
Material
18 ct white gold, polished finish
Case back
Screw-down with Rolex fluting
Bezel
Fluted, bidirectional rotatable RING COMMAND
Winding crown
Screw-down, TWINLOCK double waterproofness system
Crystal
Scratch-resistant synthetic sapphire
CYCLOPS lens (2.5 ×) over the date,
double anti-reflective coating
Waterproofness
100 metres (330 feet)
DIAL
Colour
Ivory, satin finish
Hour markers
Roman numeral appliques in 18 ct white gold
Hands
18 ct white gold with phosphorescent material
bracelet
Type
OYSTER, three-piece solid links
Material
18 ct white gold, polished centre links and satin-finished
outer links with polished edges
Clasp
Folding OYSTERCLASP
EASYLINK 5 mm comfort extension link
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ReFeRENCE (case – BRACELET): 326938 – 72418
CASE
Type
OYSTER (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back
and winding crown)
Diameter
42 mm
Material
18 ct yellow gold, polished finish
Case back
Screw-down with Rolex fluting
Bezel
Fluted, bidirectional rotatable RING COMMAND
Winding crown
Screw-down, TWINLOCK double waterproofness system
Crystal
Scratch-resistant synthetic sapphire
CYCLOPS lens (2.5 ×) over the date,
double anti-reflective coating
Waterproofness
100 metres (330 feet)
DIAL
Colour
Champagne, sunray finish
Hour markers
Arabic numeral appliques in 18 ct yellow gold
Hands
18 ct yellow gold with phosphorescent material
bracelet
Type
OYSTER, three-piece solid links
Material
18 ct yellow gold, polished centre links and satin-finished
outer links with polished edges
Clasp
Folding OYSTERCLASP
EASYLINK 5 mm comfort extension link
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ReFeRENCE (case – strap): 326935 – Brown alligator leather
CASE
Type
OYSTER (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back
and winding crown)
Diameter
42 mm
Material
18 ct EVEROSE gold, polished finish
Case back
Screw-down with Rolex fluting
Bezel
Fluted, bidirectional rotatable RING COMMAND
Winding crown
Screw-down, TWINLOCK double waterproofness system
Crystal
Scratch-resistant synthetic sapphire
CYCLOPS lens (2.5 ×) over the date,
double anti-reflective coating
Waterproofness
100 metres (330 feet)
DIAL
Colour
Chocolate, sunray finish
Hour markers
Arabic numeral appliques in 18 ct pink gold
Hands
18 ct pink gold with phosphorescent material
Strap
Material
Brown Alligator mississippiensis leather
Clasp
Folding OYSTERCLASP in 18 ct EVEROSE gold
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