All-New Rolex Sports Model
Launch at BaselWorld 2012?
Rolex.com has a BaselWorld 2012 teaser on the main page. What is this!?!?!? The Rolex Forums are abuzz with speculation. Some think it is a new watch named the Rolex Sky-Dweller. We will soon find out when Rolex showcases the new model at BaselWorld 2012.
If you are not familiar with BaselWorld 2012, it is the largest and most significant annual watch trade show in the world, and Rolex has made a habit of launching all new models at BaselWorld since the early 1950s.
Jake's Rolex World will have complete coverage of Rolex BaselWorld 2012.
The Original Rolex SKY-DWELLER
U.S. Air Force Test Pilot & Astronaut
Set All-Time Speed Record Flying an X-15 at Mach 6.7
Maybe the all-new Rolex SKY-DWELLER is an homage to the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot & Astronaut, William J. "Pete" Knight? In 1960 Rolex set the all-time depth record when the U.S. Navy Bathyscaphe Trieste descended down into the Mariana Trench in the Challenger Deep of the coast of Guam, with a Rolex DEEP-SEA Special attached to the outside of the submersible. The Trieste successfully dove 7 miles down to the deepest know chasm on earth. When the Trieste came back up to the surface, the Rolex DEEP-SEA was still functioning perfectly. Mankind had finally conquered inner-space.
Seven years later, in 1967 U.S. Navy Air Force Test-Pilot and NASA Astronaut William J. "Pete" Knight set the all-time speed record for level flight when he flew his X-15 Spaceship at Mach 6.7 which is 4,250 Miles per hour, or 7,274 Kilometer per hour. This record has NEVER been surpassed, and it made William J. "Pete" Knight, the true "King Of The Air."
And just like Chuck Yeager wore a Rolex Oyster when he set the all-time speed record in 1947, William J. "Pete" Knight wore his Pepsi Rolex GMT Master when he set this record. Several years ago Rolex launched the all-new Rolex DEEP-SEA SEA-DWELLER as an homage to the celebrate the original Rolex DEEP-SEA Special, so perhaps the new Rolex SKY-MASTER is an homage to William J. "Pete" Knights achievement of flying at Mach 6.7.