Rolex Sky-Dweller Rolesor Watches For 2017 With More Accessible Prices

Rolex Sky-Dweller Rolesor Watches For 2017 With More Accessible Prices

Rolex Sky-Dweller Rolesor Watches For 2017 With More Accessible Prices Watch Releases

Among this year's new releases for Baselworld 2017, Rolex is introducing some tweaks to the Rolex Sky-Dweller watch with "Rolesor" model options. Introduced in 2012, the Rolex Sky-Dweller only came in precious metals for near or above $40,000. While an all-steel version is still frustratingly unavailable, these two-tone gold and steel models represent a relatively more budget option. It's a step in the right direction, at least. As even the slightest stir from Rolex is apparently headline-worthy, let's take the loupe to this 2017 Rolex Sky-Dweller, beginning with the new hands and indexes.

Rolex Sky-Dweller Rolesor Watches For 2017 With More Accessible Prices Watch Releases

Rolex Sky-Dweller Rolesor Watches For 2017 With More Accessible Prices Watch Releases

These new Rolex Sky-Dweller models are characterized by the blocky, rectangular indexes and longer hands. Previous models have all been Roman or Arabic numerals that could even be viewed as quirky in a Rolex context, so this adds a significantly more standard and conservative option to the collection. Further, it will allow Rolex savants to distinguish at a glance, say, an all-white-gold model from a two-tone steel and white gold model. Longer hands, as we saw on the Rolex Explorer last year, are always a welcome improvement to legibility and aesthetic balance.

Rolex Sky-Dweller Rolesor Watches For 2017 With More Accessible Prices Watch Releases

Rolex Sky-Dweller Rolesor Watches For 2017 With More Accessible Prices Watch Releases

Between a few dial color options, these features debut on a range of about six Rolex Sky-Dweller models, with two variations of a "Rolesor" case. If you've been living under a rock (or have a life outside of watches), "Rolesor" is Rolex's special term for a two-tone case, meaning steel and gold. In this release, we are talking about steel plus yellow gold or white gold. Owners, at least, of two-tone steel and white gold models will hopefully know which parts of their expensive Rolex Sky-Dweller watches are which material.

Rolex Sky-Dweller Rolesor Watches For 2017 With More Accessible Prices Watch Releases

Rolex Sky-Dweller Rolesor Watches For 2017 With More Accessible Prices Watch Releases

The new hands and indexes also give a lot more surface for lume (or "Chromalight") than previous Rolex Sky-Dwellers, and Rolex is emphasizing just how glowy they will be in the dark. Other features of the Rolex Sky-Dweller are mostly carried over from past versions. That includes the cool and useful Ring Command bezel that rotates to different positions and is used in conjunction with the crown to set the various functions that include a 24-hour second time zone and annual calendar. The 42mm case is water-resistance is 100m. The new Rolex Sky-Dweller models come on two-tone, solid link bracelets with Rolex's handy Easylink extension system that many will be familiar with.

Rolex Sky-Dweller Rolesor Watches For 2017 With More Accessible Prices Watch Releases

Rolex Sky-Dweller Rolesor Watches For 2017 With More Accessible Prices Watch Releases

The Rolex caliber 9001 inside with its antimagnetic Parachrom balance spring and Paraflex shock absorbers is, of course, certified by Rolex's own stringent tests and guaranteed to be accurate to -2/+2 seconds per day. This is standard across all Rolex watches but still impressive, and you can read more about Rolex's certification standards here. The 9001 has automatic winding, of course, and gets a power reserve of about 72 hours. The ability to set the functions backward or forward safely is an appreciated feature, and you have to love the clever way of indicating the month - in red, through an aperture on the periphery of the 12 indexes.

Rolex Sky-Dweller Rolesor Watches For 2017 With More Accessible Prices Watch Releases

Rolex Sky-Dweller Rolesor Watches For 2017 With More Accessible Prices Watch Releases

These new Rolex Sky-Dweller models will only broaden the collection's appeal both thanks to their sensible design and more accessible price. The Rolex Sky-Dweller is Rolex's "other" GMT watch that is aimed at the gentleman traveler more than the sporty traveler's Rolex GMT Master watches. It is also notable as Rolex's most complicated watch. Prices for the Rolex Sky-Dweller Rolesor models start with the steel and white gold reference 326934 models at $14,400, and the steel and yellow gold reference 326933 models, such as the one Rolex is highlighting with the "champagne" dial, are priced at $17,150. Along with hands-on pictures, we'll be sure to bring you more details soon. rolex.com

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  • Pete L

    Much prefer the indices on these and whilst nowhere near accessible at least it’s an improvement. The steel/wg are both lovely

  • Word Merchant

    Best in show.

  • SuperStrapper

    At least in steel and wg it looks current. The 2 the with black dial is absolutely vomit inducing.

  • It’s a real bling-fest from the Wilsdorf crew so far.

  • MEddie90

    I love the sky-dweller as a concept (simple annual calendar operated through the crown with the indices as 12 month markers) but thought the initial execution was a bit lacking. The use of a steel case and stick indecese fixes some of my main issues but I still think the 24 hour indicator and fluted bezel are gaudy. Cant really do much about the bezel either seeing as how its integral to the mechanism, shame, there is alot to like about this watch but still a few to many negatives for me.

  • A_watches

    the sky dweller has never been that popular but this stainless steel release is a quiet game changer for the model! for your own sake omega, you need to watch and learn

    • ZL

      It’s two-tone, not full steel, unfortunately!

      • A_watches

        yes..there are steel ones also, take a closer look at the pics

        • SuperStrapper

          No, I think you could use some reading comprehension to pair up with those closer looks of yours.

          • A_watches

            the bracelet is made out of full 904L steel though and according to Rolex website: “On the white Rolesor version, the bezel is made of 18 ct white gold, while the crown, middle case and bracelet are in 904L steel”. I don’t consider white gold fluted bezel as two tone and nobody considers this for the datejust models

          • SuperStrapper

            I didn’t say 2 tone, and with solid gold case element, these can’t simply be referred to as steel watches.

          • A_watches

            Well this is as steel as the Sky Dweller will ever get, given the bezel is part of the control element of the watch, and they will never make a stainless steel fluted bezel or a smooth steel bezel sky dweller as it wouldn’t grip.

          • SuperStrapper

            Never? That’s a bold statement. How long have you worked there?

          • A_watches

            Yep never, somebody with only passing interest in watches never mind Rolex knows this

          • SuperStrapper

            Hm. Well, I don’t think that actually makes sense, but it’s not that big of a deal.

          • Chaz

            I think the center links in the bracelet are gold, too

          • A_watches

            “The Sky-Dweller is fitted on a solid-link Oyster bracelet in 904L steel, in the case of the white Rolesor version, or, for the yellow Rolesor version, an Oyster bracelet combining 904L steel and 18 ct yellow gold” this is from the Rolex website with regards to the bracelet, not the most clear, but i read it as the white is all 904l steel (for the bracelet) where as the two tone has yellow gold centre links.

          • Chaz

            Yes…just saw it on their website too. So the all white metal version is only with a gold bezel.

            Even better!!

          • A_watches

            yup, this should be popular, the previous all precious metal versions were out of reach for many, feel for those that purchased the all white precious metal sky dwellers, the lose value instantly

          • Timestandsstill

            Agreed, but then why the almost $3k premium for yellow gold when most often WG is priced higher?

          • Chaz

            Rolesor is Rolexspeak for “two tone”

          • SuperStrapper

            Is it? I thought rolesor was rolexspeak for gold/steel mix. White gold and steel are hardly separate ‘tones’. Yellow gold and steel is certainly two tone but I wouldn’t use the term to describe 2 metals of the same colour.

          • Chaz

            That’s just the way the marketing gurus decided to classify it. I would have thought it was some sort of alloy, but it’s just their way of describing their two tone watches.

          • SuperStrapper

            So I went out an did some tedious and frustrating Rolex research today. This ‘rolesor’ bullshit and the oysterflex bullshit were wont for an actual English explanation. Like banging my head against the wall, it felt great when I stopped.

            Anyway, ‘rolesor’ refers to a mix of gold and steel in a watch, regardless of tone. Steel and white, yellow, or rose gold would be rolesor. And for added ridiculousness, for a watch with both platinum and steel they call that ‘rolesium’.

            Considering that Rolex’s version of rose gold (called ‘everose’, a decidedly banal name in comparison) contains platinum in it as a colour retention retention strategy, a rose gold and steel watch should therefore have its own name. I suggest rolesiumor.

        • Polerouter

          At least this watch -and this discussion- shows how useless white gold is compared to steel, on this watch in particular, and on watches in general…

  • IG

    Their next model will be the Rolex Wallet-Dweller Superlative Account Drainer.

    • Bruce

      I anticipate it’ll be a must-cop!!

  • Chaz

    THIS is the watch I’ve been patiently waiting for…

  • Willy Chu

    Very nice. I’m, however, hoping this evolves into a version without the 24 hr GMT function, but with a Day display instead. Essentially a 42 mm Day Date Annual Calendar. Seems like a natural function to add to an annual calendar watch. Plus keep the quick jump hour adjustment for time zone and DST changes.

  • Gokart Mozart

    Not my cup of tea but but at least slightly more complicated. May be in about 30 years me may get a perpetual calender.

    Just wondering, how do you know what mode the bezel is in? I am assuming it is Neutral/winding, date adjust, month adjust or 2nd time zone. With no indicator I would get pretty fed up going to change the 2nd time zone and adjusting the time or date.

  • Richard carroll

    The sky dweller represents everything wrong with modern Rolex. Over sized, over blown, over priced. I love their vintage stuff but I wouldn’t wear, let alone buy, any of their current offerings.

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    I like the month indicator. That’s pretty cool.
    However, when I’m frog marched in to the AD’s, and forced to buy a Rolly (sic), not sure it’ll be this one.

  • Beefalope

    Still ugly.

  • sfbaydawg221

    Perfect for the geezers who are hoping to be inducted into Mar-a-Lago.

    • Mark1884

      Count me in!!!

  • John Bostrom

    My wife loves the black (which speaks volumes). She told me to get one for the primary house and one for the beach house. Done and done !

  • edgesince84

    Is the model 326934 not a stainless steel Sky-Dweller? You said it is “frustratingly unavailable,” but isn’t that what they announced? A SS case and bracelet with a white gold fluted bezel?

  • Larry Holmack

    What????? No Tiger Woods version????

  • funNactive

    Now within reach. I wish Rolex would make a triple date as they have in the past.