The Unconventional Rolex Sky-Dweller
The Sky-Dweller is a relatively new addition to the Rolex collection. When it first debuted in 2012, it immediately drew attention because it introduced an entirely new complication for the brand. This innovative function includes three distinct dial elements: local time, reference or home time, and an annual calendar. The local time is displayed in standard fashion, with hour, minute, and second hands.
The second time zone and annual calendar, on the other hand, have a completely different arrangement. Furthermore, Rolex patented the Ring Command Bezel, a completely new mechanism for configuring these functions. At first, understanding how to read and operate the Sky-Dweller may be intimidating or confusing. We’ll go over how to use a Sky-Dweller so you can take advantage of all of the features this impressive model has to offer.
How to Make Use of a Skydweller’s Annual Calendar
The day, date, and month are all included in an annual calendar complication. Furthermore, it automatically adjusts the date for 30 and 31-day months. As a result, the complication always shows the correct date. A typical annual calendar includes sub counters for the date, weekday, and month. The Sky-Dweller, on the other hand, uses a different format. Instead, it displays the month through a traditional date window at three o’clock and twelve apertures around the dial. To set these, use a slightly different technique with the Ring Command Bezel.
Position Zero is the default setting for the Ring Command Bezel. The bezel is turned all the way to the right, or clockwise, in this case. You can’t use any of the complications if you’re in Position Zero. To set the date and month, rotate the bezel to the left and move it to Position Two. Once the Ring Command Bezel is in Position Two, use the crown to change the date as usual. Setting the date corresponds directly to setting the month. The month will change if the date exceeds 30 or 31. The aperture window changes colour to indicate this. Last but not least, remember to reset the Ring Command Bezel to zero after making any changes to the complications.
How to Use the Second Time Zone Display on a Sky-Dweller
A second time zone display typically consists of a traditional GMT hand and a 24-hour bezel. The Sky-Dweller, on the other hand, employs an ingenious subdial. This 24-hour disc is located off-center in the dial’s interior. The second time zone, which is often home-time, uses a red arrow to indicate the hour on a 24-hour scale.
You’ll also use the Ring Command Bezel to change the local time and second time zone. Turn the bezel to Position Three if you are simply at home and want both the local time and the home time to display the same time. Once in Position Three, use the crown to set the local time, and the 24-hour disc will move in unison. Turn the bezel to Position One if you’re travelling and want to set a different local time. In Position One, you can use the crown to independently operate the hour hand. Remember to return the Ring Command Bezel to Position Zero once you’ve set the desired time!