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The Regatta Watch – 5 Interesting Facts to know about the Rolex Yacht-Master

February 13th, 2019

Initially designed for the severe elements of sea-faring, the Rolex Yacht-Master is indeed an exceptional offering from the brand that worth our attention. With the introduction of Yacht-Master formerly in 1992, Rolex seems to have capitalised on the success of its first nautical-inspired timepiece, the Submariner. Although it may look like a revamped version of the Submariner or early models of Rolex Daytona, the Yacht-Master comes with unique features that enable the watch to be readable even in the harshest environmental conditions.

The continued production of the Rolex Yacht-Master collection is the attestation of the brand’s ambition and commitment towards the development of sailing. Indeed, the watch represents the honorary ties between the world of sailing and Rolex. Here are five interesting facts to know about this unique Rolex collection that can also fetch you a high resale price when you choose to sell your Rolex watch or ‘sell your Rolex Yacht-Master’. Take a look!

1.  The first Yacht-Master was launched in 1992

Rolex is renowned for its substantial depth of research as well as development before introducing brand-new models. The Yacht-Master was nearly 30years in the making, but it was not initially launched. In 1992, Rolex finally debuted the new Yacht-Master Ref 16628.  Made from 18ct yellow gold and coupled with other functional and sporty features like an etched bezel, maxi-markers and larger hands, the Yacht-Master was an instant hit and success.

The Rolex Yacht-Master distinguishes itself from other professional Oyster series not only in functionality but also on its unrivalled aesthetics and form.

2.  Rolex’s patent metal, Rolesium was produced explicitly for Yacht-Master

In 1999, the brand launched a unique Platinum Yacht-Master at the Baselworld Fair. The watch was the stainless steel platinum 40mm version of the Rolex Yacht-Master. Rolex produced this unique steel and platinum combination exclusively for this watch, and the mixture was termed as ‘Rolesium’.

Today, many Rolex timepieces feature this unique combination. However, this Rolex Yacht-Master comes in rugged 904L stainless steel case and bracelet.

While the bezel of the Rolesium models is made up of 950 platinum, the silvery whiteness of platinum shines brightly, invoking a sense of luxury and prestige.

3. The Yacht-Master features the largest case size Rolex currently produces

The Rolex Yacht-Master II, introduced in 2007 comes in a 44mm watch case size that is available in ‘Rolesor’ or gold and steel, steel as well as either in white or yellow gold. In 1994, the Yacht-Master Ref 69628 was launched with a 35mm case diameter that allured men with smaller wrists, followed by two different sizes in the line up – 37mm and 40mm. The Yacht-Master models are also available in various combinations and styles. However, the most popular models are the ones with pearl dial in yellow gold and steel, followed by the latest edition of the Everose gold model with Oyster-flex black dial as well as the rose gold and steel model.

The Yacht-Master II appears larger not only for its 44mm case size but also because of the angular lug design that the brand crafted for this model.

4. Rolex fitted its first ever-made rubber strap on the Yacht-Master

At the Basel World Fair in 2015, Rolex introduced its first rubber ‘Oysterflex’ bracelet that was equipped on the new Yacht-Master. This bracelet is not any ordinary rubber strap. It was fabricated, developed as well as meticulously tested by Rolex. While this patent rubber bracelet is hypoallergenic, it retains the elements of comfort from rubber without compromising the durability, robustness and water resistance qualities of metal bracelets.

Moreover, a patented longitudinal cushion system was formed on the Oysterflex for stabilising the watch on the wearer’s wrist yet adjusting to the curvature of the wrist.

5. Rolex Yacht-Master is both bold and smart

Rolex designed a complication in the Yacht-Master II that continued to remain exclusive to them even today – an unusual iteration of the Regatta countdown chronograph. Indeed, the Rolex Yacht-Master II is a programmable countdown chronograph. Once you choose any time interval between one and ten minutes, the watch will start doing the countdown precisely. While sailors have to measure the 10minutes countdown precisely from the beginning of the yacht race, such a specification was designed especially for them.

Rolex Yacht-Master models are indeed attractive and commanding watches that Rolex has ever designed and developed in its history of watchmaking.  Whether it is a 40mm Men’s Yacht-Master or a Lady Yacht-Master of 29mm, all the watches bear the same aesthetic features, offering a stunning and luxurious sporty-style appearance.

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