Facebook Pixel
Menu
Global Watch Shop

How to set the Rolex Sky-Dweller Annual Calendar & 2 Timezones

How to set a Rolex Sky-Dweller GMT & Annual Calendar

Welcome to another article, the latest in our series of ‘How to’ instructional videos for our YouTube channel. In this episode we are going to be explaining how to set the Rolex Sky-Dweller including its Annual calendar and GMT second timezone function.

 

About the Rolex Sky-Dweller

The Rolex Sky-Dweller collection was first unveiled by Rolex in Baselworld 2012 and became the most complicated watch in production by Rolex. It features an annual calendar, with the ability to tell the difference between a 30 and 31 day month, so if kept wound it will only need to be set on the 1st of March after a 28 or 29 day February. It also features a GMT function and displays the time in two different timezones. The watch you will see in this article is model reference 326938, which is a full yellow gold model with a new dial for 2018, the champagne dial with baton hour markers.

Rolex Sky-Dweller Crown & Bezel Positions

One of the most import innovations on the Rolex Sky-Dweller is the ring command bezel, which was first introduced by Rolex on the Yacht- Master II. On most watches we would set the different functions of the movement using the different crown positions, but with the Rolex Sky-Dweller, the ring command bezel comes into play as well.

Rolex Sky-Dweller Crown Positions

The crown has 3 different positions: -
Position 0 for wearing the watch,
Position 1 for winding the watch &
Position 2 for setting the watch.

Rolex Sky-Dweller Crown Positions

Rolex Sky-Dweller Ring Command Bezel Positions

With the crown in position 2 we then have 4 additional positions for the ring command bezel.
Position 0 is a neutral position for wearing the watch. Winding the crown has no effect on the movement whatsoever whilst in this position.
- Rotating the bezel 1 click anti-clockwise will take you to Position 1. This is where we set the month and the date. The date we can see in the date window at the 3’o’clock position on the dial through the cyclops lens. The month is displayed by the month indicator adjacent to each hour marker. The month window adjacent to the 1 o’clock hour marker represents January, 2 o’clock represents February, 3 o’clock March and so on.
⁃ Rotating the bezel 2 clicks anti-clockwise from position 0 takes you to Position 2, for setting the jump hour hand to local time.
⁃ Rotating the bezel 3 clicks anti-clockwise from position 0 takes you to Position 3 for setting home time. We do this by lining up the white triangle with the red outline in the 12 o’clock position on the dial. This points to the 24hr inner ring for the hour, read this in conjunction with the minute hand to give you home time. You can also set the time on this setting, but this will change the home time setting so the hour hand is generally changed with the bezel in position 2.

In our last article for how to set a Rolex GMT-Master II we explained the difference between home time and current, or local time. Again, we need to understand the difference between these when setting the Sky-Dweller. Very briefly, your home time is always set to where you live and spend most of your time, so once set there is no need to change. Local time reflects the timezone you’re in now, so can be the same as home time, but will be different when we travel to somewhere that’s in a different timezone.

Rolex Sky-Dweller Bezel Positions

Setting 'Home Time'

The first thing we need to set is home time. Unscrew the crown to position 1, and then pull the crown out to position 2. Rotate the ring command bezel anti-clockwise to position 3. The inner ring will rotate in the same direction as the crown. If you turn the crown clockwise, the inner ring will turn clockwise and if you turn the crown anti-clockwise, the inner ring will turn anti-clockwise.
For the purposes of this article we are going to set the watch up in the same way we did the Rolex GMT-Master II in our previous article, to make it easy to compare the two. My home city is London, so I will set up Home time to 3:30pm.

With the crown in position 2 and the bezel rotated to position 3, I turn the crown until the red outline triangle on the dial points to the hour marker between the 14 and 16 on the inner bezel. With the minute hand set to the 12 o’clock position this now reads that my home time is 3pm. If I continue to adjust the minute hand to move forwards, the 16 numeral on the inner ring will start moving towards the red outline triangle. Continue until the minute hand reaches the 6 o’clock position indicating 30 minutes past the hour. My home time is now set up as 3:30pm. We can now set both the bezel and the crown to position 0 ready for wearing.

Rolex Sky-Dweller - Setting Home Time

Setting 'Local Time'

The first thing we need to set is home time. Unscrew the crown to position 1, and then pull the crown out to position 2. Rotate the ring command bezel anti-clockwise to position 3. The inner ring will rotate in the same direction as the crown. If you turn the crown clockwise, the inner ring will turn clockwise and if you turn the crown anti-clockwise, the inner ring will turn anti-clockwise.
For the purposes of this article we are going to set the watch up in the same way we did the Rolex GMT-Master II in our previous article, to make it easy to compare the two. My home city is London, so I will set up Home time to 3:30pm.

With the crown in position 2 and the bezel rotated to position 3, I turn the crown until the red outline triangle on the dial points to the hour marker between the 14 and 16 on the inner bezel. With the minute hand set to the 12 o’clock position this now reads that my home time is 3pm. If I continue to adjust the minute hand to move forwards, the 16 numeral on the inner ring will start moving towards the red outline triangle. Continue until the minute hand reaches the 6 o’clock position indicating 30 minutes past the hour. My home time is now set up as 3:30pm. We can now set both the bezel and the crown to position 0 ready for wearing.

Rolex Sky-Dweller - Setting Local Time

Setting the Date

If you’ve owned a Rolex submariner, GMT, Datejust or any other Rolex with a date function, you will know that when you’re at the 1st day of the month, following a 30 day month, your watch will still display the date as the 31st, meaning you have to change this manually. This isn’t the case with a Rolex Sky-Dweller, as it features an Annual calendar and so automatically adjusts to a 30 or 31 day month.  So, if you keep it wound, you’ll only ever have to adjust it once a year on the 1st March following a 28 or 29 day February.

First unscrew the crown, and then pull it out to position 2. Next, we rotate the bezel 1 click anti-clockwise to position 1. The current month is read through the indicator that appears in the window adjacent to each hour marker, so, hour marker 1 = January, 2 = February and so on until we get to 12 for December.  If I turn the crown clockwise the date goes backwards, and if I turn it anti-clockwise the date goes forwards. As the date numerals move past the end of the month, the month indicator automatically changes to the next month.

Today is the 14th June, so firstly we’ll set the month to June. I turn the crown anticlockwise and see the date in the date window move forwards. I go past the end of each month until the month indicator is in the window next to the 6 o’clock hour marker, indicating the 6th month. When setting the date, if I go past the end of June by mistake and into July, I can turn the crown in the opposite direction (clockwise) to wind the date back to June, which is handy as it saves you going all the way around again! Once in June we turn the crown until the date in the date window at 3 o’clock reads 14, so the watch is now set up to read the date as the 14th June. We reset the bezel to position 0 and resecure the crown, and the watch is set up with Home & Local time set up for 3:30pm on the 14th June and the watch is ready to wear.

Rolex Sky-Dweller - Setting Date

Adjusting 'Local Time'

We’ve seen the annual calendar set on the Rolex Sky-Dweller now we’re going to look at two timezones and how to adjust for local time. I’m going to use the same example as I did in the previous video for setting a Rolex GMT-Master II so you can compare the two. Let’s imagine we’re travelling to Sydney Australia and I want to be able to use my Sky-Dweller to read both timezones. To do this I’m going to set my local time to Sydney with my home time remaining as London.

First, lets unscrew the crown and then pull the crown out to position 2. Next rotate the ring command bezel anti-clockwise 2 clicks to position 2. Sydney is 9hrs ahead of London, so I need to turn the crown anti-clockwise to make the hour hand jump forward 9 times until the hour hand shows local time to be 12:30am. The date reflects local time in Sydney, so as it’s just gone midnight the date has also changed to the 15th. Home time we can still read on the inner wheel at 3:30pm giving you both timezones. We return the bezel to position 0 and resecure the crown once again.

Now the watch is set up. It’s the 15th June in Sydney at 12:30 am for my local time and 3:30pm back in London as my Home time and the watch is ready to wear.

Rolex Sky-Dweller - Adjusting Local Time

Congratulations, you’ve just managed to set up the most complex Rolex watch in production. Hope you enjoyed this article and the accompanying video. If you have any requests for any future videos or if there’s any watch you’d like to see, please get in touch and subscribe to our YouTube channel to be sure you won’t miss out.