Rolex has its habits… Baselworld consistently implies a variety of little oddities (various dials, various tones or various materials on existing watches) and one major curiosity. Also, this year, the enormous one is another, sportier, bigger, bolder interpretation of one not-so-hot watch, the Yacht-Master. Meet the new Rolex Yacht-Master 42, with expanded size, dark ceramic bezel, new development, Oysterflex elastic tie and in white gold.
History of the Rolex Yacht-Master
The Yacht-Master remains in a class all its own. In contrast to the remainder of the games assortment, the Yacht-Master is one of only a handful few not to be a legitimate instrument watch. In any case, as most Rolex sports watches, it was planned considering one reason: nautical experiences and regattas (at any rate for the Yacht-Master II). While Rolex previously had different watches identified with the ocean (Submariner and Sea-Dweller), the Yacht-Master wasn’t planned to be as device ish as its sisters. In any case, it shares bunches of highlights and configuration signs with the Submariner. It very well may be viewed as the nautical watch to wear at hand, and not beneath the ocean level.
The original of Rolex Yacht-Master was presented in 1992. This wasn’t the first run through, be that as it may, the name Yacht-Master was referenced at Rolex. In the last part of the 1960s, the brand built up a nautical-propelled Daytona, with a regatta counter, likewise named Yacht-Master – a chronograph that stayed at the model stage and was never commercialized.
The first model was the reference 16628, a Yellow Gold model with a white dial and dark hour files. The plan of this watch feels very recognizable, so it’s not difficult to theorize about the motivation and the situating of this Yacht-Master in the assortment. A few stories (and remember that there’s nothing official here) say that Rolex, during the 1980’s, tried different things with huge loads of various choices to patch up the notable Submariner. In any case, the choice was to keep the Sub alive and present another model, the Yacht-Master, which must be marginally not the same as a Sub obviously, so as not to tear apart it.
The qualification was basic: steel case water-impervious to 300m, dark bezel, dark dial and device ish attributes for the Submariner. Gold case water-impervious to 100m, brilliant dial, strong gold bezel and rich qualities (chiefly because of more adjusted shapes) for the Yacht-Master. For the rest, the two watches were rather close: a similar 3135 development, a similar dial format, similar hands, a similar 60-minute bezel (however here, bidirectional). It’s conceivable this nearby similarity to the Submariner may be the motivation behind why the Yacht-Master was so disagreeable in comparison. This is the reason, throughout the long term, it has developed with various materials and more tones (two-tone Rolesor, blue dial, women’s and fair size forms… things that the Submariner doesn’t have).
The most acclaimed adaptation of the Rolex Yacht-Master was presented in 1999, under the reference 16622: steel case, steel wristband, strong platinum bezel and platinum-covered dial with a shimmering finish. At Baselworld 2012, the brand accompanied refreshed forms, remembering new blue accents for a silver model just as a cobalt-blue dial choice. At long last, a significant development came in 2015, with the presentation of the Everose adaptation , with dark dial, dark ceramic bezel supplement and Oysterflex (elastic) wristband – another plan that drastically changed the view of this watch.
While the standard size for the men’s adaptation has consistently been 40mm, this year Rolex presents another rendition which develops and takes the absolute most delightful components of the Everose form , however now in a bigger white gold on elastic variant. We should view the new Rolex Yacht-Master 42.
The new, Baselworld 2019 Rolex Yacht-Master 42
After having dispatched a few variants of the YM in 40mm, it was obviously an ideal opportunity for Rolex to build the size of its model, to separate it much more from the Submariner. Consequently, the new Rolex Yacht-Master 42 ref. 226659 has acquired 2mm in distance across to now 42mm generally speaking – which means one of the biggest time-and-date watches in the collection.
For those of you who figured it would be rather more available, there’s a drawback. This new reference is just accessible in white gold for the occasion. Positively, a few advancements will be found in the coming years – steel, Everose, two-tone Rolesor – however for the present, don’t rely on a watch evaluated beneath EUR 10K.
The combination utilized on this Yacht-Master 42 ref. 226659 is rather new as well. It includes the normally raised track on the bezel, cleaned on a matte foundation, that is found on all Yacht-Master watches, however here delivered in dark ceramic. The watch is likewise worn on a matte dark Oysterflex (elastic) wristband, giving this watch a decent, lively yet rich look.
The dial has genuine maxi files and hands however adheres to the extents and style of the more established references. The same old thing to note on this side. The whole dial – hands, files and engravings – is white, without a trace of shading. Astounding as well, yet smooth looking.
As for the development, Rolex incorporates here the new age of type, with the 3235 and its effective stuff train, Chronergy escapement and a more extended force hold of 70 hours. All things considered, a strong package.
The Rolex Yacht-Master 42 ref. 226659 is worn on the genuinely heavenly elastic arm band (not a lash, actually a wristband) named OysterFlex and highlighting metal edges inside, just as
This new 226659 is a rather startling yet a profoundly moderate watch on numerous focuses. We’ll investigate it during Baselworld 2019. Cost will CHF 26,500.