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Buyer's Guide: Best Annual Calendars

The original Sky-Dweller was released in 2012 but did not become very popular until 2017 when Rolex introduced two Rolesor versions of the Sky-Dweller. It’s the most complicated watch Rolex has ever made, with a second time zone and annual calendar complication. The Sky-Dweller stands out from other annual calendars in that using the crown to setting and resetting the hour hand to another timezone can be done without stopping the entire watch, making it much simpler to use while traveling.⁠

The Patek Philippe 5960P has a monochromatic and symmetrical design, which gives the watch an elegant look. The main feature is the world timer that easily showcases the time of all major cities globally as well as the user’s local time. Second in importance to watch enthusiasts is how the chronograph allows the user to take note of events. Many consider the 40.5mm to be well-proportioned. The case has a mirror-like finish and concave bezel. The watch also boasts a flyback mechanism, otherwise known as the retour en vol, allowing the time to be reset by using the pusher at 4 o’clock. ⁠

The Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 5726 marks the first ever Patek Philippe watch that combines an annual calendar complication with a steel casing rather than precious metals. With a very legible dial, the watch showcases a day date complication just below 12 o’clock and a sub-dial with a 24-hour indication circling a moon-phase display just above the date window at 6 o’clock. ⁠

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