While Rolex is generally rather conservative on the complication front, presenting well-executed versions of familiar layouts, there’s one collection in the Crown’s lineup that breaks the mold consistently: the Sky-Dweller. The unusual layout and concentric presentation on this bold traveler’s watch have made it one of the most spectacle-driven Rolex models in the brand’s stable, and as part of its Watches and Wonders 2024 novelties, this line adds even more visual impact with its first-ever Jubilee bracelet options in precious metals. The Rolex Sky-Dweller reference 336935 and Rolex Sky-Dweller reference 336938 combine several of the brand’s most dramatic, reflective visual cues into a truly eye-catching pair of new releases.

Of course, the main novelty here is the availability of the brand’s fan-favorite Jubilee bracelet in precious metal for the first time in the Sky-Dweller collection. With a trio of small, rounded polished center links flanked by tapering brushed outer links, this has long been one of the brand’s flashiest and most beloved bracelet options, and the use of 18K Everose and yellow gold only and a 22mm lug width only enhances this visual drama. Rolex also includes a 5mm Easylink comfort extension link, which should improve the day-to-day wearing experience of these models substantially.

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Like previous Sky-Dweller models, the Rolex Sky-Dweller reference 336935 and reference 336938 measure in at a substantial 42mm wide and 13.8mm thick. This is on the larger side for modern Rolex and contemporary watchmaking, in general, but the precious metal cases here should make the wrist presence on these models even more impactful. Available in the brand’s proprietary 18K Everose rose gold for reference 336935 and classic 18K yellow gold for reference 336938, this solid, muscular case takes several classic Rolex case design elements and amplifies them for greater visual punch. The athletic tapering lugs and softly rounded case sides are Oyster case design staples, but it’s the dramatic take on the brand’s fluted bezel that really steals the show here. Like all Sky-Dweller models, this brightly polished, highly faceted bezel doesn’t just catch the light, it also rotates to adjust the functionality of the watch’s screw-down crown. Like so many other modern Rolex designs, these models are fitted with solid casebacks and are rated for a sporting 100 meters of water resistance.

Both presented dial options for the Rolex Sky-Dweller reference 336935 and reference 336938 should be familiar to fans of the brand. The Everose gold reference 336935 is paired with a deep, masculine slate gray sunburst dial design, while the 18K yellow gold reference 336938 uses a bolder, more dramatic gloss white dial base. The unique 24-hour second time zone ring still dominates the layout here, offering a clean, distinctive twist on GMT functionality. Likewise, the brand’s subtly integrated annual calendar complication remains a visual standout, with a series of display windows outside the applied rectangular indices to indicate the current month. While it may be familiar, this remains one of Rolex’s most offbeat and visually interesting dial designs.

Rolex powers the Sky-Dweller reference 336935 and reference 336938 with its in-house 9002 automatic annual calendar dual time zone movement. This has been the beating heart of the Sky-Dweller line since its substantial redesign in 2023, and this powerplant delivers the sort of solid performance we’ve come to expect from modern Rolex. Combining the brand’s antimagnetic nickel-phosphorous Chronergy escapement with a Parachrom hairspring, the 9002 is robustly built and dependable. A 72-hour power reserve and the brand’s stringent -2/+2 second per day Superlative Chronometer accuracy standard completes the performance figures.

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While it may not be the most substantial of updates, bringing a precious metal Jubilee bracelet option to the Rolex Sky-Dweller collection fits well with the line’s high-impact visual ethos. The Rolex Sky-Dweller reference 336935 and reference 336938 are available now through authorized dealers. MSRP for the Everose gold reference 336935 stands at 49,700 CHF, while the 18K yellow gold reference 336938 is priced at 47,000 CHF as of press time. For more information, please visit the brand’s website.

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