Reviewing watches like the Sky-Dweller is all well and good, but we’re (usually) quite detached about it. So we decided to find the opinions of people who had handed over their own hard-earned for the Sky-Dweller and asked them for their far less impartial take.
First we spoke to Ashley, a Sydney-based collector who’s eagerly awaiting the delivery of his Sky-Dweller. Ashley was pretty sure he was going to get it as soon as he saw the news from Basel, but handling it in person at a retailer’s event sealed the deal.
Which one did you get?
I went with the black dialled, white gold Rolesor version. I know the blue photographs better, but the black’s better in person and is a much more classic option.
Why did you get it?
When I first saw it online – partially through you guys – I thought it was a bit of a left field release for Rolex. I’ve always loved the Sky-Dweller but it’s always been out of reach for me. I’ve had loads of Rolexes, and I’ve worked out that I like ones with a bit of character or tool purpose. The Explorer and Datejust are beautiful watches, but they’re a bit plain for me. The Sky-Dweller is a bit flashy, which I like — it’s a great modern size but it’s also a very traditional Rolex design so it covers a lot of bases. Plus the complications are useful and well done.
So, do you actually have it on your wrist yet?
No. I’m going on my honeymoon in a month, so hopefully the watch gets here in time. If it does, it’s the only watch I’m taking, which is unusual for me as I’ll typically pack three watches for a weekend away!
And finally, what do you think the reaction from Rolex fans has been?
That it’s a good value watch, though ‘normal’ people might disagree. At $18K you get an annual calendar and a second time zone — that’s not much more than the Daytona which is a simple chronograph, or the new Sea-Dweller.
Next, we spoke to Bernard, a watch retailer who we happened to know was the proud owner of very gold Rolex Sky-Dweller fake watches. We spoke to him to find out what it was like after years of wear, and what he thought of the latest update.