The Rolex Sky-Dweller series replica watches exactly the kind of watch you usually don’t think of when you think of Rolex: a complicated watch, and moreover, one with a very unusual implementation of several complications. For that reason, it’s not very often discussed by Rolex fans, but in typical Rolex fashion it is, as it turns out, much more interesting than you might think from the niche in which it sits in the Rolex lineup. Available only in precious metals, the Sky-Dweller was introduced in 2012 and there was, at the time, a lot of buzz about it; but as one of the most expensive (non-jewelry) Rolexes, it’s been more visible (when it’s been visible at all) as a luxury watch rather than as a tool watch.
There’s no doubt from the minute you pick one up that the Sky-Dweller is very much a statement piece; it’s big (42 mm x 14.1 mm) and very boldly styled, with a light-gathering fluted bezel and enough reflective surfaces to ensure that pretty much no matter how the light hits it, it’s going to dazzle the eye. An unobtrusive tool watch, this is not – certainly not in terms of style. We wore the Everose-gold version of the watch for this installment of A Week On The Wrist, although we also had the white-gold version (on a white-gold bracelet) for comparison purposes as well, and they’re both pretty flashy watches; there’s just no getting around it. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean they come across as gauche, either, and what you notice right away, as is usually the case with gold dial Rolex replica watches, is that everything’s extremely well done. Dial furniture, casework, hands, overall fit and finish – everything is absolutely immaculate and really sets a standard for build quality and quality of execution in luxury watchmaking. Yes, you expect that at this price point, and yes, you expect it from Rolex, but given how seldom luxury watches really deliver in this respect it’s nice to see anyway.
The fact that the Sky-Dweller is so well made goes a long way toward saving it from ostentation, and I think that’s because the very high quality seems an end in itself, as well as a manifestation of a deeper commitment to quality for its own sake. It’s a very characteristically Swiss approach to luxury, I think; you don’t necessarily get originality and artistry the way you do from the French or Italian approaches but you do get, at best, meticulous attention to detail in an object that radiates a craftsman’s pride in their work. It’s a banker’s rather than an aesthete’s level of the expression of luxury, but it seems to work for Rolex leather strap fake watches – a kind of luxury that’s half lavishness in materials and construction, and half an absolute, ironclad guarantee that there will be no unpleasant surprises.