This Steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II Replica Watch unique complication utilizes a rotatable ring command bezel developed in-house. It allows yachtsmen to cross the line as soon as possible after the starting gun; handy at a regatta when every second counts and utterly wearable at the celebration afterwards, with any attire, be it nautical or nice. The latest edition of the Yacht-Master II was launched at Baselworld last year.
Rolex decided to develop their first new model since the Daytona in 1964 and to begin sponsoring the world’s greatest yacht races; from the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup along the coast of Sardinia to our very own: the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Before we move on, stop and consider that little detail: there was a full 28 years between new models. Few facts reinforce Rolex’s patience quite as well.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II Replica Watch that followed 15 years later was the first watch in the world equipped with a programmable countdown with a mechanical memory.
In 1992, Rolex released the Yacht-Master, the first watch in the Professional Rolex Yacht-Master II Replica Watch collection to be available in three sizes – 29, 35 and 40mm. Where the Rolex Submariner and Sea-Dweller were considered ‘tool’ watches for underwater use, the Yacht-Master was a luxury variant for ‘topside’. Celebrity wearers at the time included Brad Pitt and Eric Clapton. Spectacularly twee photos of them are readily available with a quick Google. Like here. Recommended.
It’s in 904L steel, fitted with a Cerachrom bezel Rolex Replica Watch insert in popping blue ceramic. In 2014, the Everose and Steel model was added to the armoury. But somewhere along the way, in the early ‘90s, Rolex lifted its eyes from “the silent world” as another famous Rolex wearer, Jacques Coustea, described the deep sea, to the surface above. The watchmaker considered what might be possible on top of the water, as well as beneath. High winds, soaking spray and the percussive thump of a hull carving through rough seas was a beat that could no longer be ignored. Talk about keeping your powder dry.