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Rolex Yacht Master

Used Rolex Yacht Master

The Yacht-Master is well suited for boat enthusiasts looking for a practical and stylish timepiece. Released in 1992, the collection pays homage to the world of sailing, with certain models featuring flyback regatta timers with a mechanical memory. 2020 update: suggested retail prices start at $11,250 and increases depending on the model and metal used. To browse though our entire selection of pre-owned models click on our used Rolex watches page.

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Rolex Yacht-Master II Yellow Gold 116688

Rolex Yacht-Master II Blue Bezel Model 116688 White Dial
44MM 18k Yellow Gold, Rolex Box

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Rolex Yacht-Master 126655

Rolex Yacht-Master Mens Oysterflex Band Model 126655
40MM 18k Everose Gold, B&P (2020)

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Rolex Yacht-Master 35MM 168622 Platinum

Rolex Yacht-Master Platinum Dial & Bezel Model 168622
35MM Stainless Steel, Oyster Band

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Used Rolex Yacht-Master 268622 Rhodium Dial

Rolex Yacht-Master Mens Rhodium Dial Model 268622
37MM Platinum Bezel, B&P (2020)

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Rolex Yacht-Master 126622 Blue Dial

Rolex Yacht-Master Blue Model 126622, Platinum Bezel
40MM Stainless Steel, Oyster Band

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Pre Owned Rolex Yacht-Master II Ref 116689

Rolex Yacht-Master II White Model 116689 Platinum Bezel
44MM 18k White Gold Oyster, B&P

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Rolex Steel and Platinum Yachtmaster 116622

Rolex Yacht-Master Platinum Model 116622 Blue Dial
40MM Stainless Steel, B&P (2017)

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Pre-Owned Rolex Yacht-Master II Ref 116680

Rolex Yacht-Master II White Dial Model 116680 Blue Bezel
44MM Stainless Steel, B&P (2017)

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Rolex Yacht-Master 16623 White Dial

Rolex Yacht-Master Two Tone, White Dial Model 16623
40MM Steel & Gold Oyster, B&P (2006)

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Rolex Yacht-Master II Ref 116689 White Gold

Rolex Yacht-Master II Mens 18k White Gold Model 116689
44MM White Dial, Oyster Band (2008)

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Pre-Owned Rolex 116621 Yacht-Master

Rolex Yacht-Master Pre-Owned Black Dial Model 116621
40MM Everose & Steel, Rolex Box

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Rolex Yacht-Master 116622

Rolex Yacht-Master Mens Platinum Bezel Model 116622
40MM Stainless Steel, B&P (2017)

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Rolex Yacht-Master 16623 Two Tone

Rolex Yacht-Master Mens Used White Model 16623
40MM Steel & 18k Gold, B&P (2006)

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Rolex Yacht-Master 37 268621

Rolex Yacht-Master 18k Everose & Steel Model 268621
37MM Two Tone Oyster, B&P (2018)

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Rolex Yacht-Master 16623

Rolex Yacht-Master Pre-Owned White Dial Model 16623
40MM Steel & 18k Gold, Rolex Box

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Rolex Yachtmaster Yellow Gold 16628

Rolex Yacht-Master Pre-Owned Blue Model 16628
40MM 18k Yellow Gold, Oyster Band

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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116680 Ceramic Bezel

Rolex Yacht-Master II Blue Ceramic Bezel, Model 116680
44MM Stainless Steel, B&P (2018)

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Pre Owned Rolex Yacht-Master 169623 White Dial

Rolex Yacht-Master White Model 169623, Oyster Band
29MM Steel & 18k Gold, B&P (2004)

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Mid-size Rolex Yacht-Master 168623

Rolex Yacht-Master White Dial, Gold Bezel Model 168623
35MM Two Tone, Oyster Band (1999)

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Rolex Yacht-Master 126622 Dark Rhodium Dial

Rolex Yacht-Master Mens Model 126622 Rhodium Dial
40MM Platinum Bezel, B&P (2020)

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Rolex Yacht-Master 116621 Chocolate Dial

Rolex Yacht-Master Brown Chocolate Dial Model 116621
40MM Steel & Everose, B&P (2016)

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Rolex Yacht-Master Platinum 16622 Mens Platinum Dial & Timing Bezel
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Rolex Yachtmaster History         Prices for the Yachtmaster        Yachtmaster Models        Reference Numbers        Key Features        Questions

About The Rolex Yacht-Master

The Rolex Yacht-Master is a collection of luxury-oriented sports watches inspired by the world of sailing. Rolex offers both a Yacht-Master, Yacht-Master II, and Yacht-Master 40 alongside each other, and while these two models have very similar names, they are actually quite different watches. The original Yacht-Master model is a luxury-oriented take on Rolex's classic sports watch, while the Yacht-Master II is a purpose-built regatta time intended for the world of competitive sailing.

The original Yacht-Master took the same general design of Rolex's successful Submariner dive watch, but placed a greater emphasis on refined aesthetics and premium materials, rather than pure functionality. Still water resistant to 100 meters and offering a rotating timing bezel, the original is the ideal luxury sports watch for lounging on a yacht, while the Yacht-Master II looks unlike anything Rolex has ever produced before and is the watch you want on your wrist if you find yourself racing a yacht.

The History of the Rolex Yacht-Master

The relationship between Rolex and sailing dates back to 1958, the year the Swiss watchmaker formed a partnership with the prestigious New York Yacht Club. Since Rolex was a pioneer in creating waterproof watches starting with the groundbreaking Rolex Oyster watch in 1926, the alliance was a perfect pairing.

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Less than a decade later, Francis Chichester - one of history's most exceptional navigators, became the first and fastest person to sail around the globe single-handedly in his yacht, Gipsy Moth IV. Traveling west to east, the historic voyage took place from August 1966 to May 1967 and covered 29,600 miles over 226 days at sea. Even more impressive is that Francis Chichester only had nautical charts, a sextant, and a Rolex Oyster Perpetual as navigational tools. His Rolex wristwatch chronometer withstood the harsh conditions at sea with ease and came back from the around-the-world adventure intact. 

In the 1960s, Rolex created a prototype dial for the Cosmograph chronograph with the name "Yacht Master" on it. Two known examples of the Daytona Yacht Master prototype have been in the hands of Eric Clapton (his model sold for $125,100 at auction in 2003) and renowned Rolex collector John Goldberger. This particular version of the prototype never went into production and it would take more than two decades for the Company to finally launch the official Yacht-Master collection.

The real history of the collection didn't start until decades later when the brand introduced the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master in 1992 as an ultra-luxury sports watch built for the open seas. To emphasize the luxury-oriented nature of the collection, the first model was a solid yellow gold version. The watch sported a gold 40mm Oyster case, a gold bi-directional rotatable bezel marked to 60 minutes for timing, and a gold Oyster bracelet. Over the next two-plus decades, Rolex has added an assortment of materials and sizes to the models nautical watch collection, making it the most varied Professional watch range in Rolex's history.

The Rolex Yacht-Master II

In 2007, Rolex officially introduced the Yacht Master II regatta chronograph intended for competitive yachtsmen. Despite being a part of the greater Yacht-Master collection, the Rolex Yacht-Master II is a significantly different watch from the original model. While the original Yacht-Master was intended to be a luxury-oriented sports watch, the Yacht-Master II was a purpose-built sports watch that was specifically designed for professional regattas. 

Identical to any contest of speed, precision is paramount in a regatta. Before the start of a sailing race, the racing committee uses a series of flags and horns to signal the countdown (typically five to 10 minutes) to the start of a race. A skipper uses a regatta timer to determine when the boat is permitted to cross the starting line since crossing it too early results in severe penalties and getting a late start can jeopardize the likelihood of winning. In an event of a recall, the boats have to return behind the line and a new start sequence begins.

To build the ultimate regatta watch for sailors, Rolex furnished the second collection with features such as a programmable countdown timer (to measure with reliability how much time until the start of the race) and on-the-fly synchronization (for flexibility should the race committee have to restart the race sequence). Unlike the original version Rolex has only ever made the second collection with a 44mm Oyster case and fitted with an Oyster bracelet. However, this new version is available in a few different materials.

Today, both the Yacht-Master and the Yacht-Master II remain a part of the brand's catalog, each representing a different type of sailing-inspired watch. Both versions are the perfect embodiment of the ongoing relationship between Rolex and the world of yachting, and like all Rolex watches, both models are crafted to the highest standards on this planet.

How Much Is A Rolex Yachmaster?

Retail prices for Rolex Yacht-Master watches at $11,250 for the 37mm version and $12,000 for the 40mm models. Prices then increase from there, depending on materials and specific configuration. The cost of Rolex Yacht-Master II watches starts at $18,750 and increases with the use of precious metals.

Rolex Yachtmaster Prices

Model Retail Price Second-Hand Price Size Materials and Strap
Ref. 268622 11,250 USD from $10,390 37mm Rolesium; Oyster Bracelet
Ref. 268621 13,150 USD from $11,900 37mm Rolesor; Oyster Bracelet
Ref. 268655 23,250 USD from $16,495 37mm Everose; Oysterflex Bracelet
Ref. 126622 12,000 USD from $12,325 40mm Rolesium; Oyster Bracelet
Ref. 126621 14,500 USD from $14,595 40mm Rolesor; Oyster Bracelet
Ref. 126655 27,300 USD from $24,000 40mm Everose; Oysterflex Bracelet
Ref. 226659 28,900 USD from $28,995 42mm White Gold; Oysterflex Braclet
Ref. 116680 18,750 USD from $14,295 44mm Stainless Steel; Oyster Bracelet
Ref. 116681 25,350 USD from $18,795 44mm Rolesor; Oyster Bracelet
Ref. 116688 43,550 USD from $29,500 44mm Yellow Gold; Oyster Bracelet
Ref. 116689 48,150 USD from $25,595 44mm White Gold and Platinum; Oyster Bracelet

Rolex Yacht-Master Pricing Information

Due to its varied assortment of sizes and materials, price points can range significantly. Older and smaller used Rolex Yacht-Master examples in steel can hover around $5,000 on the secondary market, while newer, larger, and precious metal models sell for well into five figures. Not including Yacht-Master II models, the most expensive watch from the original Yacht-Master collection is the ref. 126655 in 18k Everose gold and fitted with a diamond-paved dial, which retails for $47,150 - a significant premium over the non-diamond version of the same reference, which retails for $27,300.

The Yacht-Master II is one of Rolex's most expensive sports watch models thanks to its large size and complex movement. Although Rolex does not offer any Yacht-Master II models with diamonds or gemstones, the complexity of the movement guarantees that all models will be in the five-figure range. Pre-owned prices for stainless steel models start at around $15,000, while the ref. 116689 in 18k white gold and platinum is the most expensive and is priced at $48,150 when purchased at retail.

How Much Is A Rolex Yacht-Master II Worth?

  • Retail prices for Rolex Yacht-Master II watches start at $18,750 for the stainless steel model with the ceramic bezel and increase from there with the use of precious metals. The solid 18k white gold Yacht-Master II with a 950 platinum bezel retails for $48,150; however a significant savings for these models can often be found on the pre-owned market.

What Do Prices For A Yacht-Master 37 Look Like?

  • Generally speaking, Rolex Yacht-Master 37 watches are less expensive than their larger counterparts. Rolex Yacht-Master 37 prices start at $11,250 for the Rolesium model and increase from there depending on materials and configuration. The most expensive Rolex Yacht-Master 37 is the solid 18k Everose gold model with a diamond dial and on an Oysterflex bracelet, which sells for $41,000 when purchased at retail.

Rolex Yacht-Master Models

Although the Yacht-Master and Yacht-Master II models share similar names, they are indeed very different models, each with their own unique histories, functionality, and evolution. The Rolex Yacht-Master II is not so much an evolution of the original model as it is represents the other, contrasting side of what a yachting watch could be.

The original collection has had several different models and sizes in a variety of different materials over the years, including watches with 29mm, 35mm, 37mm, 40mm, and 42mm case sizes. The 29mm and 35mm versions are no longer in production, while the 42mm version debuted as part of the new 2019 Rolex watches in solid 18k white gold and fitted with a black Cerachrom ceramic bezel and Oysterflex bracelet. Additionally, metal options have included everything from solid gold to Rolesium - a exclusive to this model, where stainless steel and platinum components are used on the same watch.

Conversely, the company has only ever made the Rolex Yacht-Master II model in 44mm so far, although the watch is available in a number of different metal options, including stainless steel, yellow gold, Everose Rolesor (stainless steel and rose gold), 18k yellow gold, and 18k white gold with a solid platinum bezel. Regardless of the model, all the original references have Oyster cases with 100 meters of water-resistance.

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Rolex Yacht-Master References

  • Yacht-Master 42 ref. 226659 = 42mm, solid 18k white gold with Cerachrom bezel.
  • 16622 = 40mm; Rolesium (stainless steel and platinum).
  • 16628 = 40mm; solid 18k yellow gold.
  • 166233 = 40mm; Rolesor (two-tone steel and yellow gold).
  • 116622 = 40mm; Rolesium (stainless steel and platinum).
  • 116621: 40mm; Rolesor (two-tone steel and Everose gold).
  • 116655 = 40mm; solid 18k Everose gold with Cerachrom bezel.
  • 268621 = 37mm; Rolesor (two-tone steel and Everose gold).
  • 268655: 37mm; solid 18k Everose gold with Cerachrom bezel.
  • 268622: 37mm; Rolesium (stainless steel and platinum).
  • 68623 = 35mm; Rolesor (two-tone steel and yellow gold).
  • 68628 = 35mm; solid 18k yellow gold.
  • 168622 = 35mm; Rolesium (stainless steel and platinum).
  • 168623 = 35mm; Rolesor (two-tone steel and yellow gold).
  • 168628 = 35mm; solid 18k yellow gold.
  • 169623 = 29mm; Rolesor (two-tone steel and yellow gold).
  • 169628 = 29mm; solid 18k yellow gold.
  • 169622 = 29mm; Rolesium (stainless steel and platinum).
  • 69628 = 29mm; solid 18k yellow gold.
  • 69623 = 29mm; Rolesor (two-tone steel and yellow gold).
  • 116680 = 44mm; stainless steel with Cerachrom bezel.
  • 116689 = 44mm; solid 18k white gold with platinum bezel.
  • 116688 = 44mm; solid 18k yellow gold with Cerachrom bezel.
  • 116681 = 44mm; Rolesor (two-tone steel and Everose gold) with Cerachrom bezel.

Key Features

Rolex Yacht-Master Sizes

Throughout its production, this timepiece has been manufactured in the following sizes:

  • 29mm (discontinued)
  • 35mm (discontinued)
  • 37mm
  • 40mm
  • 42mm
  • 44mm (Yacht-Master II)

Since 2015, Rolex discontinued the 29mm and 35mm Yacht-Master versions in favor of the one with a 37mm case diameter. The latest size to join the collection was the new 2019 model with a 42mm Oyster case in white gold, black Cerachom bezel, and black Oysterflex bracelet.

Rolex Yacht-Master Materials

Rolex makes both versions in an assortment of materials. It's interesting to note that it is the only collection that offers Rolesium models – which is the combination of 904L stainless steel (now referred to as Oystersteel by Rolex) and 950 platinum on one watch. There are also gold and Rolesor models (the combination of stainless steel and gold on one watch).

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Yacht-Master Materials

  • Yellow Gold (discontinued)
  • Two-Tone Yellow Rolesor (discontinued)
  • Everose Gold
  • Two-Tone Everose Rolesor
  • White Gold
  • Oystersteel and platinum Rolesium

Rolex no longer makes yellow gold versions of the standard model. Instead they now use Everose gold (the company's proprietary rose gold alloy) and 18k white gold. The 42mm version is the only white gold version that Rolex has released.

Yacht-Master II Materials

  • Yellow Gold
  • White Gold and Platinum
  • Two-Tone Everose Rolesor
  • Oystersteel

Depending on the material of the case, the materials used for the bezels differ as well. There are solid metal bezels with raised polished numerals, matt black ceramic bezels with raised numerals, and blue ceramic bezels (Cerachrom). The 60-minute graduated Cerachrom bezel is a relatively new material to the lineup, joining the collection in 2015. Rolex also presented a very special gem-set reference in 2017 with a rainbow-colored sapphire-set bezel, which goes by the nickname the "gummy bear" among collectors.

A proprietary material manufactured by Rolex, Cerachrom is a high-tech ceramic alloy that is not only scratchproof and corrosion resistant, but its colors are unaffected by ultraviolet rays. An ideal material that provides added robustness to the Yacht-Master lineup, Cerachrom bezel inserts and Ceramic monobloc bezels illustrate Rolex's innovation and high standards.

Although it was exclusively fitted with the robust metal Oyster bracelet for most of its history, in 2015 Rolex introduced the Oysterlex bracelet on the then-new Everose gold Yacht-Master models. While it may look like a standard black rubber strap, the Oysterflex bracelet is actually composed of an inner metal blade, which is then coated in black elastomer. The Oysterflex bracelet secures around the wrist via a matching solid gold Oysterlock safety clasp.

ROLEX Yacht-Master Dials

For optimal legibility, the dial layout of the Yacht-Master is typical of most Rolex Professional watch models with Mercedes-style hands, lume-filled hour markers, and a date window at 3 o'clock. Similar to other Rolex watches with date windows, the dial is protected with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that has a Cyclops magnification lens for easier reading of the date. There are several dial colors and materials available and platinum and steel models are particularly popular with a matching sandblasted platinum dial.

However, the Yacht-Master II dial layout is vastly different from any other Rolex due to its niche complication. It is home to a countdown display (which can be programmed anywhere from 1 to 10 minutes), which is read via a red arrow-tipped hand. There is also the central flyback/fly-forward chronograph hand, the center hour and minute hands, and the running seconds sub-dial. Furthermore, the Yacht-Master II includes 12 lume-filled hour makers. For the first decade of the watch's history, the dial included straight hour and minute hands, which pointed to square hour markers. However, in 2017, Rolex updated the dials to now include the familiar Mercedes-style hands and added a triangular hour marker at 12 and a rectangular hour marker at 6.

Current-production boast Rolex's Chromalight display, which comprises of a luminescent material that emits a blue long-lasting glow. The luminous broad hands and hour markers provide top-notch legibility in low light conditions.


In terms of complications, the two versions of the Yacht-Master differ significantly: the Yacht-Master is a time and date watch while the Yacht-Master II is a regatta chronograph. As such, the two watches run on different self-winding COSC-certified calibers; however all movements used within the collection are entirely designed and manufactured in-house by Rolex.

Yacht-Master Calibers

  • 29: Caliber 2135; Caliber 2235
  • 35: Caliber 2135; Caliber 2235
  • 37: Caliber 2236
  • 40: Caliber 3135; Caliber 3235
  • 42: Caliber 3235

In 2019, Rolex updated the 40 lineup with the new generation perpetual 3235 movement.

Yacht-Master II Calibers

  • Ref. 116689: Caliber 4160; Caliber 4161
  • Ref. 116688: Caliber 4160; Caliber 4161
  • Ref. 116681: Caliber 4160; Caliber 4161
  • Ref. 116680: Caliber 4161

The earlier models of the Yacht-Master II ran on Caliber 4160, and Caliber 4161 made its debut in 2013. Rolex has since updated the collection to include the updated Caliber 4161 chronograph movement. One of Rolex's most complicated in-house made movements to date, Caliber 4160/4161 includes a programmable countdown timer with mechanical memory and on-the-fly chronograph synchronization. What's more, the Ring Command bezel of the Yacht-Master II is not merely decorative, but it is a key component of how to use the watch by allowing the wearer to adjust and set the countdown feature. The Yacht-Master II is complex in design, simple in use, and functionally beautiful.

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Rolex Yacht-Master Timeline

Although the collection has only been a part of the Rolex collection since the 1990s, early Rolex Oyster watches set the stage for the brand's nautical watches decades before that.

  • 1966 to 1967 - Sir Francis Chichester became the first man to circumnavigate the globe single-handedly and he wore a Rolex Oyster watch
  • 1992 - Rolex introduced the collection
  • 1994 - Rolex introduced the midsize and ladies' models
  • 1996 - Rolex introduced the two-tone midsize and ladies' models
  • 1997 - Rolex released the Rolesium version (also known as platinum)
  • 2007 - Rolex released the Yacht-Master II, the world's first watch equipped with a programmable countdown and mechanical memory
  • 2013 - Rolex updates the movement inside the Yacht-Master II collection from the Cal. 4160 to the Cal. 4161.

Celebrities Who Wear Yacht-Master Watches

Similar to other sports watches made by the company, the various models are a favorite among the celebrity set. From actors to athletes, explorers to chefs, here are just a few of the famous names we've spotted wearing these nautically-inspired watches.

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  • Russell Crowe
  • Lydia Ko
  • Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
  • Mark Wahlberg
  • Bruce Willis
  • Connor McGregor
  • Emeril Lagasse
  • David Beckham
  • Guy Fieri
  • Steven Gerrard
  • A$AP Rocky
  • illy Joe Saunders
  • Flo Rida
  • Drake
  • Manny Pacquiao
  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • Ed Sheeran

Trending Models - Spring 2021

The Oysterflex is Rolex's newest bracelet pairing flexible metal blades with high-performance elastomer. The result is a rubber bracelet that is unlike any other on the market today. It's resilient while allowing for a highly flexible hold, and it features a unique design on the bracelet’s underside that allows the wrist to breathe and keeps the case centered. The Yacht-Master is one of the few models within the Rolex catalog to offer the Oysterflex bracelet option.

Currently in production on this bracelet type are references 226659 (42mm/white gold), 268655 (37mm/Everose), and 126655 (40mm/Everose). These editions of the usually super luxurious Yacht-Master exude a sportier aesthetic that is perfectly in-line with any seafaring wristwatch. Other references that are always trending on the market are the 40mm Rolesium references 126622, 116622, and 16622.

Common Rolex Yacht-Master Question

Is The Rolex Yacht-Master A Good Investment?

  • The Rolex Yacht-Master is a good investment on two different levels. Like all Rolex sports watches, Yacht-Master models have the amazing ability to retain their value over the years, despite receiving daily wear and use. Additionally, every model except the stainless steel Yacht-Master II features precious metal somewhere in its construction, allowing it to also appreciate in value should the price of gold or platinum shoot up.

What Does The Rolex yacht-Master Do?

  • The Rolex Yacht-Master was created to be a luxury-oriented sports watch, while the Rolex Yacht-Master II was built as a professional regatta timer. The standard Yacht-Master model can time events up to 60 minutes with its bidirectional rotating bezel, while the Yacht-Master II is a purpose-built regatta watch, featurin an adjustable countdown timer with flyback or fly-forward functionality for use in professional boat races.

How To Spot A Fake Rolex Yacht-Master

  • When trying to spot a fake, always look at the details. The adjustable countdown timer on the Rolex Yacht-Master II is an incredibly complicated mechanism, and most fake Rolex watches will not be able to replicate this feature. Additionally, all Yacht-Master watches are crafted to the highest standards, so if any of the dial printing or finishing looks less than perfect, chances are that the watch is fake.

How To Use A Rolex Yacht-Master II

  • After setting the adjustable countdown timer to your desired setting, you will need to start the timer. To use the Rolex Yacht-Master II, press the top button to start the countdown timer. Pressing the top button a second time will stop the timer; however pressing the bottom button while the chronograph is running will adjust the timer forwards or backwards to the nearest minute, to allow for it to be perfectly synchronized to the official race clock.

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