Yes, today saw the introduction of the Submariner in a brand new 41mm sizing, but did you think that was the only trick “the Crown” had up its sleeve? Adding to the excitement, Rolex is also announcing a collection of new Sky-Dwellers in both 18k yellow gold and Everose gold on the Oysteflex bracelet. To put it simply, this is the same Sky-Dweller that we all know, just with a new bracelet. Now, while a “strap change” might not seem like the most thrilling thing in the world, these new watches look very cool.
This is not the first time we have seen the brand iterate on an existing model in this way. The Rolex Daytona was released on the Oysterflex back in 2017, and just like this new Sky-Dweller, only in precious metals. The Sky-Dweller, the brand’s most complicated timepiece, was previously available on both a leather strap and Oyster bracelet, and it is now part of the Oysterflex fold. One of the added benefits of the Oysterflex is the much-loved glide-lock adjustment system allowing easy re-sizing of the bracelet on the fly.
Inside the watch is the same Rolex in-house caliber 9001 movement which debuted with the Sky-Dweller at Baselworld 2012. The caliber 9001 features a blue Parachrom hairspring as well as 72 hours of power reserve, and powers the dual time and annual calendar functions of the watch.
Note that this is called the Oysterflex bracelet and not a rubber strap. This is because, unlike a rubber strap, the Oysterflex is far more bracelet-like. It is made up of – as the name suggests – flexible metal blades manufactured from a titanium and nickel alloy. The blades are over-molded with high-performance black elastomer, which is extremely durable. The underside of the bracelet features longitudinal cushions which aid in both comfort and wearability.
Given that this is an iteration of an existing model – a refresh, if you will – the watch maintains the same 42mm sizing. Moreover, it continues to boast the fluted, rotatable bezel which is used to set the watch in tandem with the Ring Command system. As mentioned, there are a variety of Sky-Dweller variants receiving this new update: three dials colors in yellow gold and three dial colors in Everose gold. These new watches, as well as the entire stable of new Rolex releases, will arrive at authorized dealers on Wednesday, September 2.
Reference Number: 326235 (Everose) 326238 (yellow gold)
Case Material: 18k Yellow Gold and Everose gold
Dial Color: black, champagne, white, and chocolate
Indexes: Applied markers
Water Resistance: 100m
Functions: Center seconds, minutes, and hours; independently settable hour hand and home-time indication by 24-hour ring; annual calendar
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Frequency: 4 HZ
Chronometer Certified: Rolex Superlative Chronometer Certification
Pricing & Availability
Price: $ 41,500 (Everose), $ 40,000 (yellow gold)
Availability: Wednesday, September 2
Limited Edition: No
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