The launch of the Rolex Yacht Master II has created a lot of discussion among hardcore Rolex fans with its outlook, design and functionality. It is certainly looks big as it measures around 44mm. And Rolex has etched out its name right on bottom of the bezel and it was mainly designed to assist the skipper of a Yacht and hence named as Yacht Master. It does occupy a special place in the Rolex hierarchy as it is a watch that is born out of a professional requirement.
While the Submariner and the Rolex Explorer were mainly designed to assist people involved in professional diving and mountain climbers, the Yacht master II was designed to assist the captain of a yacht. The first version of the yacht master was launched in 1992 and even though it wasn’t a complete yacht master, it was still a huge success for its bold statement and exquisite design.
And following the success of the Yacht master, Rolex launched its enhanced version in 2007 with the Yacht Master II. And the latter was a totally different when compared to its previous version as the Yacht Master II was an original design that was developed particularly for yachting with its fly back chronograph along with the countdown timer. During the launch in 2007, Rolex unveiled two variants in yellow gold and white gold. And the new version comes with a completely new manufacture caliber 4160.
The Yacht master II features a Rolex Oyster case and is water resistant for upto 100m and the case is equipped with a Triplock crown. And surprisingly you don’t need to screw down to reset or push the chronograph despite having a Triplock crown. The watch comes with a Cerachrom bezel in a striking blue shade and features the countdown numbers 0-10 in large Arabic numerals. Even though the name is displayed largely at the bottom, it still fits into the overall outlook of the watch.
The watch also features regatta timing that could be not only be used for tracking racing, it can also be largely helpful in tracking the minutes before the racers reach the starting line. Because in yachting races, it is not like that the yachts start from a standing start, they will be already in a moving position and only when they reach the critical starting line will the race officially starts. Hence, it is important for the racers to reach the starting line as soon as possible and the Yacht Master II largely helps them in this regard.
Overall the outlook is pretty much masculine and once you get the hang of the functionality, it is pretty much simple to operate. And looks great on your wrists as the blue and white color scheme really adds to the extravaganza of the watch.