Rolex introduced the Sky-Dweller model (Reference# 326139), which they’ve protected by 14 patents, in 2012. One of their most technologically advanced wristwatch models, it features a dual time zone and 24-hour display. This luxury timepiece is ideal for the international traveler who would like to keep the time in two places on one watch.
In addition to the traditional 12 hour display on the dial, the Sky-Dweller features a sub-dial with a 24-hour display. With a red triangle at the top, the wearer can set this dial to the time and know the difference between day and night hours in their time zone of origin. The hour hand on the main dial can also be adjusted by jumping from hour to hour to set it to the local time.
Rolex equipped this model with their patented Saros annual calendar. It automatically differentiates between months with 30 days and 31 days, meaning that the wearer only has to change the date on March 1st due to the month of February being shorter than 30 days. The month is displayed by discreet apertures around the circumference of the dial with a red indicator on the current month.
The Sky-Dweller features a patented Ring Command Bezel that allows the wearer to easily choose between the watch’s functions. In order to adjust the time, date or 24-hour sub-dial you simply move the bezel to one of three positions then use the winding crown to make the adjustment. The crown only has one setting position, unlike other models.
Fitted with a Caliber 9001, this timepiece has a power reserve of 72 hours. The case measures 42 millimeters and features a fluted bezel. It is available with either a gold or leather bracelet. The suggested retail price for the white gold Sky-Dweller on a black leather strap (model shown in photo on rubber strap) is 37,700 Swiss francs.