MECHANICAL WATCHES OF THE YEAR: Winner: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller

Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller

WatchPro spoke to some of the UK’s biggest retailers straight after Baselworld to ask them which watches impressed them most.

Almost unanimously, they enthused about the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller in white or yellow Rolesor, a patented alloy of steel and 18ct white or yellow gold.

The yellow gold version looks best suited to a Middle or Far Eastern customer, but the white Rolesor edition, with its sunburst blue dial, is a British classic in the making. There are tweaks to previous precious metal Sky-Dwellers, including rectangular index hour markers and slightly longer hands, that will appeal to hardcore collectors.

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For Rolex retailers, it was the £10,600 price tag that caught the eye — around three times cheaper than the usual circa £30,000 cost.

Rolex doesn’t do dramatic change, so customers will be reassured by the familiar world traveller dual time zone dial that presents a second time on a rotating disc that sits below centre to give room to the red hour marker and Rolex logo at 12 o’clock.

The watch houses the calibre 9001 automatic movement, which Rolex describes as one of the most complex they have ever developed.

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