The Rolex Yacht-Master is one of the most polarising watches for the Rolex community; whereas the Rolex Submariner is an iconic and quintessential divers’ watch. However, Rolex has significantly focused on the Yacht-Master lineup in the last five years. In 2015, the brand introduced the Everose gold Yacht-Master with an all-new Oysterflex bracelet. While in 2016 the Yacht-Master debuted in Everose gold and bi-tone steel, Rolex introduced a glitzy sapphire-set bezel Yacht-Master version in 2017. Moreover, the manufacturer also released the first 42mm Yacht-Master earlier this year.
On the contrary, Rolex released the last Submariner reference 114060 last in 2010. However, the fact is that there are some striking similarities between the Rolex Yacht-Master 40 and Submariner Date. Let’s take a close look at their details.
Dial and Case
While there are many types of Yacht-Master and Submariner watches, let’s consider the Rolex Yacht-Master 40 reference 116622 and the Rolex Submariner Date reference 116610LN for the comparison. Both the watches feature 40mm Oyster watch case and Triplock screw-down winding crowns. However, while the Submariner is diver watch water-resistance up to 300m, the Yacht-Master is a boating timepiece water-proof up to 100m.
Although both the models feature a rotating bezel, the Rolex Submariner watch’s bezel rotates just in one direction. Moreover, the bezel of ref. 116610LN is made of Cerachrom with inscribed markings; whereas the Yacht-Master Reference: 116622 bezel is created using 950 platinum, featuring raised numerals.
The dials of the Yacht-Master 40 and the Submariner are typically identical, apart from the colour. The other similar features include the Mercedes-style hands, the date window with a Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock, and white gold hour markers. However, many dials of the Rolex Yacht-Master appear pretty more luxurious than the pragmatic dial of black Rolex Submariner.
Movement and Bracelet
When it comes to the bracelet, both the Yacht-Master and Submariner are equipped with the three-link Oyster bracelet. Moreover, the bracelet of the Rolex Submariner comes with added Glidelock extension system that enables the bracelet to contract or extend in 2mm increments. On the other hand, the Yacht-Master bracelet has the Easylink extension system, thereby increasing the bracelet length by an added 5mm.
The Rolex’s proprietary self-winding Calibre 3135 powers the Yacht-Master 40 reference 116622 and Submariner Date reference 116610LN. The movement possesses the hacking feature for accurate time-setting, and also a quickset date complication to adjust quickly. However, Calibre 3135 provides a power reserve of up to 48hours. But the fact is that Rolex Yacht-Master 40 reference 116622 is no longer produced and replaced with the reference 126622 this year, powered by the new-generation movement Calibre 3235.
However, these two Rolex sports watches have the same price point in the secondary market, currently about £7,151. Overall, the Rolex Submariner and Rolex Yacht-Master are undoubtedly the same in mechanics and style. But both the watches have enough differences that enable them to offer their selling proposition.
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