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Rolex Yachtmaster II

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Rolex Yacht Master II

  • Case: 44mm diameter – steel/steel and 18k rose gold / 18k yellow gold / 18k white gold – ceramic bezel or solid platinum bezel – sapphire crystal on the dial side – 100m water resistant
  • Movement: caliber 4161, in-house – Superlative Chronometer certified – automatic – 72h power reserve – 4Hz frequency – hours, minutes, small second, regatta chronograph with programmable regatta countdown with mechanical memory,
    the retrograde minute hand and central second hand
  • Bracelet: 3-link Oyster bracelet with Oysterlock folding safety clasp and Easylink 5mm comfort extension link

Based on the success of the Yacht Master Rolex unveiled the Yacht Master II in 2007. this is a totally different kettle of fish. This is a true professional yachting watch incorporating a flyback chronograph and a programmable countdown timer. Two models made the debut lineup, a yellow gold Ref. 116688 and a white gold Ref 116689. Both are professional regatta watches and equipped with the new manufacture caliver 4160. this new movement was derived from the then-new in-house caliber 4130 used in the Daytona Cosmograph. To the 4130 base, Rolex added the additional features to make the 4160 the first watch in the world to be equipped with a programmable countdown function from 1 to 10 minutes with a mechanical memory.

The Rolex Yacht Master II dial, case, and hands

The case is the standard Rolex Oyster Case, but much larger with a 44mm case diameter. The review sample was 904L stainless steel. The case is water-resistant to 100m and is equipped with a Triplock crown. Interestingly the pushers for the chronograph is not screw-down, despite the Triplock capabilities of the crown. Perhaps this is not a real concern, as the depth rating is only 10ATM.

The bracelet is also in solid 904L steel, with the Oysterlock clasp with the usual 5mm comfort extension built-in. Rolex has retained the same case shape and dimension since the 2007 introduction. The case and bracelet are solidly built, as one would expect from Rolex.

The watch features a Cerachrom, Rolex-speak for ceramic, bezel in a mesmerizing beautiful blue shade. This bezel is not changed since its introduction in 2007 and carries the countdown numbers of 0-10 in huge Arabic numerals. And the name “Yacht-Master II” screaming out loud at 4 to 8 o’clock position.

The Chronograph feature of Rolex Yach Master II

The purpose of a regatta chronograph is not only to track racing time but also to count down the critical minutes before the racers cross the starting time. This is because, unlike the automobile, the yacht is not able to do a standing start. The yachts will have been already moving when they cross the starting line.

The Rolex Yacht Master II is the only chronograph with a programmable countdown function. This is implemented by the use of the bezel which is not a diving bezel, but ut bi-directional. Rolex calls this the Command Ring. To activate the setting of the countdown function, the bezel is turned 90 degrees counterclockwise. Then the pushers at 4 o’clock is depressed The crown then, is unscrewed, and pulled into its first position.

The movement on Rolex Yacht Master II

The movement on Rolex Yacht Master II is the Rolex in-house manufactured 4161, which is based on the Rolex 4130 used in the Daytona. The original Yacht-Master II has the 4060 movements, which was updated in 2013 to 4161. In its latest iteration, the C.4161 carries additional minor modifications to meet the Rolex chronometer specifications of +/-2 seconds a day.

The overall Rolex Yacht Master II review

Yes, this is an extroverted watch, but the quality of execution is very clean and very high and it is so much the opposite of what you’d wear on a daily basis. It is rationally appealing, it has the most essential element for something to be a successful style exercise, the courage of its convictions, and if you think of yourself resolutely as a smaller-than-forty millimeter, tasteful restraint kinda guy get one of your wrist for a suprisingly refreshing change of pace, and you can feel larger than life too.

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Rolex Yachtmaster II
Rolex Yacht Master II Review
Rolex Yacht Master II is a complex watch, with a proper purpose-built concept behind it. Of course, it shouldn't be reduced just to the regatta use, however, this function remains very restricted outside of this context. The Yacht Master II is often seen as a statement watch, as the largest proposition in the catalogue, with the exclusivity of being available in various materials, including precious ones.
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PROS
  • Highly specialized chronograph that features a programmable countdown timer with mechanical memory
  • Dial design is specifically designed for use with its regatta timer
CONS
  • The Rolex Yacht Master II is fundamentally similar in design to the classic Rolex sport watch