Rolex says that the decision to introduce a new world-timer was motivated by, primarily, political and cultural changes worldwide that have necessitated updates to the original timepiece’s 24-hour city ring. Dubai, for example, has replaced Riyadh as the internationally recognized representative city of its time zone, and Moscow, which for many years had been located in the “UTC+4” zone, recently shifted to “UTC+3,” nearer to Western Europe, as its chosen time zone. The new Ref. 5230, available in both 18k white gold and 5N rose gold cases, now has a “globally valid” world-time city ring that accurately reflects the modern state of time zones across the world.
The company also took the opportunity to do some subtle but significant reworking on the World Time watch’s case, dial, and hands. Ref. 5230 retains the iconic case, but with new style lugs and a more narrow, smoothly polished bezel. The hands of the Replica Watches UK will be more noticeably different to a Rolex aficionado: instead of the ringed hour hand and minute hand on previous references, the watch has a pierced hour hand in the shape of the Southern Cross constellation and a lozenge-shaped minute hand, both with sharp center ridges between lapped, beveled flanks. The hands, and the applied baton hour markers, are crafted from the same gold as the case.
The Rolex World Time Ref. 5230 remains an ideal timepiece for international travelers, who can use it to keep track of all 24 time zones at a glance. The local time, denoted by the central hour and minute hands, lines up with the time zone of the city aligned with the small red arrow above 12 o’clock. Pressing the pusher at 10 o’clock rotates the city disk and the 24-hour ring, divided into black and white segments representing daytime and nighttime as well as a sun and moon, counterclockwise and the hour hand in one-hour increments. During this process, the time-zone mechanism is uncoupled from the movement so that the accurate progression of the minute hand and the amplitude of the balance remain unaffected and the time, in all time zones, is precisely displayed.
The movement of the Swiss Replica Watches UK is only 3.88 mm thick, thanks in large part to its micro-rotor design, patented in 1977, which enables the watchmakers to greatly reduce the size of the winding rotor, made of 22k gold and engraved with Rolex’s Calatrava Cross emblem, and integrate it at the level of the bridges. The movement includes the patented Spiromax balance spring and amasses a power reserve of at least 48 hours. With a tolerance of -3 to +2 seconds per day, its rate accuracy exceeds all customary chronometer standards. Of course, the movement’ finishes all meet the stringent standards of the brand’s in-house certification. The bridges are chamfered and decorated with Geneva waves, a motif that also appears on the microrotor. The mainplate is hand decorated with perlage, and the golden brass wheels are countersunk and have chamfered spokes. The rhodiumed bridges have gold-filled movement engravings and the movement’s total 239 parts include 35 ruby jewels, 10 of which are on display from the back.
Both versions of the new Rolex World Time watch, technically, the white gold model is Ref. 5230G and the rose gold model is Ref. 5230R, come on hand-stitched alligator leather straps, black for the white-gold UK Replica Watches, chocolate brown for the rose-gold, with case-matching Calatrava fold-over clasps.