Article by: Kristen Wiley

Rolex Yacht-Master History


The Rolex Yacht-Master is a relatively new model for the famous Swiss watch company, launching the first model (the 18k yellow gold 16628) in 1992. With its sporty features, this solid gold Rolex Yacht-Master became an instant success. More options were soon made available and Rolex subsequently produced a two-tone, stainless steel, and mid size Rolex Yacht-Master models.


Rolex Yacht-Master 16628 in 18k Yellow Gold with a Mother of Pearl Sapphire Diamond Dial

Rolex Yacht-Master 16628 in 18k Yellow Gold with a Mother of Pearl Sapphire Diamond Dial



Yacht-Master Features

Primarily designed for sporting activities, the Rolex Yacht-Master is extremely durable and water submersible up to 30 feet.


Other features of the Rolex Yacht-Master include the 31-jewel chronometer Rolex movement and the special time-lapse Rolex bezel, a tool used to measure an elapsed amount of time in sports, such as sailing. This feature is also seen on other Rolex sport and diving watches so that a diver is able to measure the amount of air used or time that is spend under water.


Yacht-Master Aesthetics


Aside from its practical functions, the Rolex Yacht-Master is nothing short of stunning. Made and engineered by the Swiss to work perfectly, one will not be unsatisfied to own the attractive and commanding Rolex Yacht-Master. The full-size men’s Yacht-Master is measured at 40in, however, the time-lapse bezel is quite fat and gives the Yacht-Master a larger, heavier look. This aesthetic feature is also true of the 29mm Lady Yacht-Master and 35mm mid size; you definitely get a lot of banging for your buck with the Yacht-Master if you are looking for an “oversized” sport style watch.

Since 1992, there have been no major changes in design or mechanics for the Yacht-Master. The same 3135 automatic movement (or 2235 automatic movement in the Lady Yacht-Master) is used and the original aesthetics have stayed intact. The use of tritium on the dial markers have now been excluded and the eventual upgrade of inner bezel engraving in the late 2000s is the only significant change.


                   Rolex Yacht-Master 16628 in 18k Yellow Gold with a Mother of Pearl Sapphire Diamond DialRolex Yacht-Master 16628 in 18k Yellow Gold with a Mother of Pearl Sapphire Diamond DialRolex Yacht-Master 16628 in 18k Yellow Gold with a Mother of Pearl Sapphire Diamond Dial

                                     Rolex Yacht-Master 16628 in 18k Yellow Gold                    Rolex Yacht-Master 16623 in 18k Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel                        Rolex Yacht-Master 16622 in Steel & Platinum



Rolex Yacht-Master 116622 Update


In 2012, Rolex introduced the “updated” design of the 40mm Yacht-Master. Tagged with the model number 116622, the Yacht-Master’s 904L stainless steel seems a bit heavier and more solid - giving this already large watch an even more “oversized” feeling. The largest change is that the stainless steel version is now available with the blue sunburst dial, whereas before the 16622 model was only available with the platinum dial. The new blue sun burst dial was well received and fits so well with the aesthetic and story of this watch.


Rolex Yacht-Master Blue sunburst Dial 116622

Rolex Yacht-Master 116622 in Steel & Platinum with Blue sunburst Dial


 

Rolex Yacht-Master II History


In late 2007, Rolex introduced the Yacht-Master II and is only loosely based on its predictor; sporting a massive 44mm case, an all-new 4161 automatic movement, and 90 degree rotatable ceramic Ring Command bezel. The Yacht-Master II was designed specifically with the professional sailor in mind. To provide synchronization at the starting sequence of a yacht race, this new model is a regatta chronograph and features the first ever programmable countdown with a mechanical memory.


Rolex Yacht-Master II White Dial Bezel Detail 116689

Rolex Yacht-Master II 116689 in 18k White Gold - Dial and Bezel Detail


4161 Automatic Movement


The calibre 4161 movements is the all-new, self-winding mechanical regatta chronograph spawned and manufactured by Rolex. This is the first movement to introduce a regatta countdown, designed to be used to countdown the time of a race’s starting procedure. The mechanism can be programmed to count down from 1 and 10 minutes; this process involves rotating the ceramic bezel, which is one of the first watches in the world to work in conjunction and linked with the movement.


Features


The Rolex Yacht-Master II is available in solid 18k yellow gold (model 116688), 18k white gold (model 116689), and 904L steel & 18k everose gold (model 116681). The Yacht-Master II is waterproof to 10 meters and features a screw down triplock triple crown to ensure this water-resistance. The Oyster bracelet is fitted with a folding Oysterlock safety clasp and Easylink 5mm comfort extension link.


                          Rolex Yacht-Master II White Dial 116688 Rolex Yacht-Master II White Dial 116689

                                                    Rolex Yacht-Master II 116688 in 18k Yellow Gold                                                                            Rolex Yacht-Master II 116689 in 18k White Gold


 

Conclusion

While still a relatively new model for the Swiss watch company, Rolex has outdone myself by proving once again that these watches are truly for the professional in their industry or sport. The pinnacle movements and designs engineered by masters of their craft -  creating beautiful, functional art.


To browse, shop, and view prices for the Yacht-Master watches, click here.

 

If you have any questions about the Yacht-Master or another Rolex you may be interested in, please don't hesitate to contact us.

 

HISTORY OF THE ROLEX YACHT-MASTER

The Rolex Yacht-Master is a relatively new model for the famous Swiss watch company, launching the first model (the 18k yellow gold 16628) in 1992. With its sporty features, this solid gold Rolex Yacht-Master became an instant success. More options were soon made available and Rolex subsequently produced a two-tone, stainless steel, and mid size Rolex Yacht-Master models.

 

Rolex Yacht-Master 16628 in 18k Yellow Gold with a Mother of Pearl Sapphire Diamond Dial

 

YACHT-MASTER FEATURES

Primarily designed for sporting activities, the Rolex Yacht-Master is extremely durable and water submersible up to 30 feet.


Other features of the Rolex Yacht-Master include the 31-jewel chronometer Rolex movement and the special time-lapse Rolex bezel, a tool used to measure an elapsed amount of time in sports, such as sailing. This feature is also seen on other Rolex sport and diving watches so that a diver is able to measure the amount of air used or time that is spend under water.

 

To browse, shop, and view prices for the Yacht-Master watches, click here.

 

YACHT-MASTER AESTHETICS

Aside from its practical functions, the Rolex Yacht-Master is nothing short of stunning. Made and engineered by the Swiss to work perfectly, one will not be unsatisfied to own the attractive and commanding Rolex Yacht-Master. The full-size men’s Yacht-Master is measured at 40in, however, the time-lapse bezel is quite fat and gives the Yacht-Master a larger, heavier look. This aesthetic feature is also true of the 29mm Lady Yacht-Master and 35mm mid size; you definitely get a lot of banging for your buck with the Yacht-Master if you are looking for an “oversized” sport style watch.

 

Since 1992, there have been no major changes in design or mechanics for the Yacht-Master. The same 3135 automatic movement (or 2235 automatic movement in the Lady Yacht-Master) is used and the original aesthetics have stayed intact. The use of tritium on the dial markers have now been excluded and the eventual upgrade of inner bezel engraving in the late 2000s is the only significant change.

 

Rolex Yacht-Master 16628 in 18k Yellow Gold

 

Rolex Yacht-Master 16623 in 18k Yellow Gold & Steel

 

Rolex Yacht-Master 16622 in Steel & Platinum

 

THE YACHT-MASTER 116622 UPDATE

In 2012, Rolex introduced the “updated” design of the 40mm Yacht-Master. Tagged with the model number 116622, the Yacht-Master’s 904L stainless steel seems a bit heavier and more solid - giving this already large watch an even more “oversized” feeling. The largest change is that the stainless steel version is now available with the blue sunburst dial, whereas before the 16622 model was only available with the platinum dial. The new blue sun burst dial was well received and fits so well with the aesthetic and story of this watch.

Rolex Yacht-Master 116622 in Steel & Platinum with a Blue Dial

 

HISTORY OF THE ROLEX YACHT-MASTER II

In late 2007, Rolex introduced the Yacht-Master II and is only loosely based on its predecessor; sporting a massive 44mm case, an all-new 4161 automatic movement, and 90 degree rotatable ceramic Ring Command bezel. The Yacht-Master II was designed specifically with the professional sailor in mind. To provide synchronization at the starting sequence of a yacht race, this new model is a regatta chronograph and features the first ever programmable countdown with a mechanical memory.

 

To learn more about the Rolex Yacht-Master II, please visit our History of the Yacht-Master II page.

 

Rolex Yacht-Master II 116680 in Steel with a White Dial

 

CONCLUSION

While still a relatively new model for the Swiss watch company, Rolex has outdone themselves by proving once again that these watches are truly for the professional in their industry or sport. The pinnacle movements and designs engineered by masters of their craft -  creating beautiful, functional art.

 

To browse, shop, and view prices for the Yacht-Master watches, click here.

 

If you have any questions about the Yacht-Master or another Rolex you may be interested in, please don't hesitate to contact us.

 

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