Along with this year's new releases for Baselworld 2017, Rolex is introducing some tweaks to the Rolex Sky-Dweller watch with "Rolesor" model options. Introduced in 2012, the Rolex Sky-Dweller only came in precious metals for near or above $40,000. While an all-steel version is still frustratingly unavailable, these two-tone gold and steel models represent a relatively more budget option. It's a step in the right direction, at least. As even the slightest stir from Rolex is apparently headline-worthy, let's take the loupe to this 2017 Rolex Sky-Dweller, beginning with the new hands and indexes.
These new Rolex Sky-Dweller models are characterized by the blocky, rectangular indexes and longer hands. Previous models have all been Roman or Arabic numerals that could even be viewed as quirky in a Rolex context, so this adds a significantly more standard and conservative option to the collection. Further, it will allow Rolex savants to distinguish at a glance, say, an all-white-gold model from a two-tone steel and white gold model. Longer hands, as we saw on the Rolex Explorer last year, are always a welcome improvement to legibility and aesthetic balance.
Between a few dial color options, these features debut on a range of about six Rolex Sky-Dweller models, with two variations of a "Rolesor" case. If you've been living under a rock (or have a life outside of watches), "Rolesor" is Rolex's special term for a two-tone case, meaning steel and gold. In this release, we are talking about steel plus yellow gold or white gold. Owners, at least, of two-tone steel and white gold models will hopefully know which parts of their expensive used men Rolex watches are which material.