Introduced at Baselworld (remember when that was a thing?) back in 2012, the best fake Rolex Sky-Dweller has remained Rolex’s most complicated reference in the catalog ever since, but it hasn’t exactly been the brand’s sportiest option, as one might expect from this ‘Dweller’s deeply fluted bezel, deployed here as a grippy, rotatable surface called the Ring Command. If you’re new to the Sky Dweller, the Ring Command acts as a four-position selector which jumps between each of the crown operations which can be used to set Saros – Rolex’s annual calendar complication.
But it’s amazing what a new set of tires will do for the towncar – and in this instance, just as the Oysterflex has done for the Daytona and the Yacht-Master, injected a healthy dose of youthful, sport-luxury fusion into the Sky-Dweller. It’s not just the fresh crossover tone of the watch that’s new though: those who’ve worn the Oysterflex should already be very well familiar with its impressive comfort and on-the-fly adjustability, thanks to the addition of the GlideLock clasp, which has been ported over from Rolex’s bracelet innovations. The Oysterflex gets its name from a pair of flexible, titanium-nickel alloy blades built into the strap, which further preserve the strap’s overall rigidity, enabling it to support taller or heavier watch heads. This is a particularly crucial detail when it comes to the 42mm replica Rolex Sky-Dweller, which measures 14mm thick, and carries a considerable amount of weight on the wrist when cast in precious metal like Everose.
Ever since Hublot made fusion their mission statement, and Audemars Piguet took the concept into the pop culture stratosphere, the marriage of gold and rubber has become much more than a trend or fringe guilty pleasure – it represents a much more youthful approach to the definition of luxury for certain watch fans, and it’s an attitude that perfect fake Rolex continues to be all too happy to support. And who am I to blame? Personally, I love it – for me it‘s the Everose Yacht-Master on the OysterFlex, but maybe if we’re ever traveling again with such reckless aplomb, I’ll revisit the Sky-Dweller when I’m in need of the ultimate watch for quick trips to Las Vegas or Dubai.