When Rolex launched its Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller, often briefly referred to as Sky-Dweller, in 2012, the initial reception was modest due to its high price. Now that the series is at the same price level as the Daytona thanks to its Rolesor version (Ref. 326934) made from Oystersteel with a white gold bezel, the Sky-Dweller models and their innovative design have attracted more attention.
The Sky-Dweller is equipped with the trusted Caliber 9001, which has been certified by the COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres) and is also one of Rolex's most complex calibers.
What makes the Sky-Dweller so special?
Rolex has combined two of the most popular complications in the Sky-Dweller and introduced an entirely new feature, the rotatable bezel's Ring Command system. The timepiece features an annual calendar with a date that automatically jumps and differentiates between 30 and 31-day months and also includes a second time zone.
The hour graduation also serves as a month display. The positions of the twelve hour indexes each have a small white field, one of which turns red indicating the corresponding number month. If the field at 1 o'clock is marked red, this represents January. If the red marking is at 12 o'clock, it is December. The Sky-Dweller only needs to be adjusted manually on March 1st to account for leap years.
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The Sky-Dweller also has a GMT function for displaying a second time zone. In the center of the dial there is a concentric disc with 24-hour graduation. The unique feature of this watch is that the individual functions are not operated by the position of the crown, but rather using the bezel.
The bezel of the Sky-Dweller can be set to three positions, which control the reference time, local time or month and date. These are described in detail below. Since setting the reference time also moves the hour hand, it is recommended to set this before the local time.
How to set the time on a Rolex Sky-Dweller?
When setting your Sky-Dweller, the bezel will come into play. You can adjust the position of the bezel by moving it counterclockwise. The different positions have the following functions:
- Position I (setting the month and date): From the starting point at 12 o'clock, turn the bezel counterclockwise to end between 10 and 11 o'clock.
- Position II (setting the local time): From the starting point at 12 o'clock, turn the bezel counterclockwise to end between 9 and 10 o'clock.
- Position III (setting the reference time): From the starting point at 12 o'clock, turn the bezel counterclockwise to end between 8 and 9 o'clock.
ROLEX SKY-DWELLER 326934
1. Setting the reference time
- Unscrew the crown of the Sky-Dweller and then pull it out to position 1.
- Turn the bezel counterclockwise to position III, as described above. The second hand will stop during this process to allow you to accurately set the time.
- Now, set the hour on the 24-hour display and adjust the minutes by turning the crown in the appropriate direction for the hand in the center.
- Then, turn the bezel clockwise back to its original position.
- Finally, gently press the crown back to the case and screw it down again.
2. Setting the local time
- Once the reference time has been set, the local time can be set. To do this, screw the crown out and pull it out to position 1.
- Turn the bezel counterclockwise to position II, as described above.
- Now, set the local time by turning the crown in the appropriate direction. The traditional hour hand jumps in 1-hour increments, while the minute hand and 24-hour display will remain still. Tip: In order to distinguish between AM and PM, begin by setting the time to 12 o'clock. If the date changes, that will indicate midnight. If the date does not change, it is noon.
- Now, turn the bezel clockwise back to its starting position.
- Finally, gently push the crown in against the case and screw it down.
3. Setting the month and date
- Unscrew the crown and pull it out to position 1.
- Turn the bezel counterclockwise to position I, as described above.
- Turn the crown to set the appropriate month, as indicated by the color-coded window on the outer edge of the dial, and the current date. A manual adjustment of the month is necessary on March 1, as the February 28 or 29 are not accounted for by the annual calendar.
- Now, turn the bezel clockwise back to its original position.
- Finally, gently press the crown down against the case and screw it down again.
Find more information on how to set a watch correctly here.