Rolex Sky-Dweller 326938
If you aren’t familiar with the Sky-Dweller, you are about to be after reading this Rolex Sky-Dweller Review featuring the Yellow Gold, Champagne Dial Sky-Dweller Reference 326938. For a watch community that is wholeheartedly conservative, Rolex’s newest watch collection, the Sky-Dweller, has won over the people with surprisingly rapid speed. In just 8 years, the Rolex Sky-Dweller has become one of the most coveted and talked about watches in the entire Rolex catalog.
Throughout Rolex history, new collections and changes or upgrades to certain models take time for people to get used to. Even the Rolex Daytona, arguably Rolex’s most iconic collection, took many years for people to come around to.
So, how did the Sky-Dweller gain popularity and appreciation so quickly? Well, being that Rolex is a watch brand that is even more conservative than collectors of their watches, and they are undeniably the best at keeping up with the times, when they release something new in the 21st century, you better be damn sure it was well thought out and designed and tested with the highest of standards.
Ultimately, they created a luxury sports watch that will withstand the test of time, like all of their watch collections do. The Rolex Sky-Dweller is so complicated, original, and stunning, it’s as if they had every designer, engineer and scientist at their facility with all hands on deck when developing this one.
Like all Rolex watches, the Sky-Dweller was designed with a clear purpose in mind. That purpose is to keep track of the date across numerous time zones with ease. The watch has three main complications, an annual calendar, a dual time zone (GMT), and a date display, all of which can be set using the inventive Ring Command Bezel and screw-down crown.
It should be noted, that while other luxury watches from top watchmaking brands have these complications, none do it like the Sky-Dweller. The Sky-Dweller displays these complications in a completely original, very cool, and easy digest way.
And we should also point out that the functions of the Sky-Dweller are highly practical. For the everyday person, the Sky-Dwellers functions are way more practical than say a chronograph, regatta timer, moonphase, or tourbillon. After all, it is a watch made for people who traverse the globe, and these days, that is most of us. The Sky-Dweller is like a hybrid dress and sports watch. It has the functionality of a sports watch yet the minimal profile (no pushers), fluted bezel and precious metal casting of a dress watch.
Whether you want to call it a sports watch or a dress watch, it doesn’t really matter. It can be worn both ways. It is highly versatile in styling.
Overall, what we can definitely say about the Sky-Dweller is it’s a technical and engineering powerhouse. This is a watch that shows just how strong Rolex’s horological muscles are. The Rolex Sky-Dweller was unveiled at Baselworld in 2012. The launch introduced three Sky-Dweller references, a yellow gold Sky-Dweller with a matching yellow gold Oyster bracelet and champagne dial, a white gold Sky-Dweller with a matching white gold Oyster bracelet and off-white dial, and an Everose gold Sky-Dweller with a brown leather strap and brown dial.
The yellow gold Rolex Sky-Dweller featured in this review is one of the original trio.
In 2014, three new Sky-Dweller references were released – a yellow gold Sky-Dweller with a brown leather strap, a white gold Sky-Dweller with a black leather strap and black dial, and an Everose gold Sky-Dweller with a matching Everose Oyster bracelet and dial.
With the addition of these new references, the Sky-Dweller was available in each color of gold with the option of a matching gold bracelet or leather strap.
At Baselworld 2017, Rolex delivered what most watch collectors crave, stainless steel versions. They introduced two new models, a two-tone stainless steel and yellow gold (Yellow Rolesor) Sky-Dweller and a stainless steel with a white gold bezel (White Rolesor) Sky-Dweller. The use of stainless steel significantly brought down the entry point price into the Sky-Dweller collection. It also catered to sports watch enthusiasts’ love for stainless steel.
That said, and as you have read, there are no Sky-Dwellers that are entirely stainless steel. All Rolex Sky-Dwellers incorporate some precious metal.
The stainless steel white gold bezel Sky-Dweller comes in a few dial options, which are white, black and blue. The blue dial stainless steel Sky-Dweller, reference 326934, is currently the most coveted and is already selling for a premium on the second-hand market due to scarcity and demand.