For fans of Rolex, Baselworld 2016 was all about the stainless steel Daytona finally receiving a ceramic bezel and a dial modification. The new Air King also hit the headlines for its new iteration. The new addition to the Yachtmaster lineup was under the radar and didn’t receive as much attention. For the first time the Yachtmaster is available in a combination of 904L stainless steel and 18ct Everose Gold. We take a closer look at the Rolex Yachtmaster 40 Everose Rolesor Ref 116621.
The Rolex Yachtmaster can be looked upon as the blinged up version of its older brother in the Rolex lineup: The Submariner.
Previous tool watches produced by Rolex were developed with input from professionals in respective fields. The Submariner and Sea Dweller were developed with the French diving company COMEX. Pan Am approached Rolex to develop a timepiece that could help pilots keep track of a 2nd timezone, which resulted in the creation of the GMT Master. The younger brother of the Yachtmaster, the Yachtmaster II was developed with professional yachtsmen in mind with its world first programmable mechanical countdown timer with memory for yacht races. The Yachtmaster can be seen as taking its design roots from the Submariner and evolving them by tweaking certain elements such as the bezel and dial materials to attract a luxury yachting clientele with its nautical name.
That being said the Yachtmaster is still an attractive looking timepiece and the latest model released at Baselworld is no exception.
The Case, Dial and Hands
The case is 40mm in diamater and is manufactured from 904L stainless steel. The case has been polished to a mirror shine to provide a contrast to the Oyster bracelet which is a mixture of brushed stainless steel and the polished centre links of 18 ct Everose gold. This combination is referred to as two tone & Rolex have used the word “Rolesor” since 1933 to describe the combination of steel and a precious metal. The dial is a sunburst chocolate colour which has a nice depth to it. One special feature of the Yachtmaster dial is the printing of the word “Yachtmaster” in red. We wish Rolex could do the same for the Submariner! Depending on the amount of light hitting the bezel and the dial, we feel like nicknaming this model the Root Beer as the colour projected is pretty close to a glass of root beer!
Completing the dial is the date at the 3 o’clock position where the iconic cyclops sits above it on the sapphire crystal The dial is further extenuated by the 18 ct pink gold hour markers. The Mercedes shaped hour hand, the minute hand and seconds hand are made from matching 18ct pink gold. All of the hour markers plus the hands have been filled with Chromalight, ensuring a bright glow for maximum legibility at night. The graduated sixty minute bezel with raised markers is made from 18ct Everose gold and has a thicker font to it.
Unlike the Submariner, the bezel of the Yachtmaster is bi-directional and and it does not have a luminescent dot fitted to the triangle marker in the bezel. The two tone Oyster bracelet comes with the Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link, which is always useful on a hot day if your wrist has swelled and the bracelet becomes a tad tight. The watch is water resistant to 100m, which means you can get it wet from the waves splashing on your wrist, as you sit on the deck of a yacht or decide to take a dip in the ocean.
Like all Oyster models, the new Ref Ref 116621 contains a solid caseback so unfortunately the movement cannot be viewed. Powering the watch is the in-house self winding Calibre 3135 with anti magnetic Parachrom Bleu hairspring. It has a power reserve of 48 hours. In addition to COSC testing, after the timepiece is fully assembled and cased it goes through further testing by Rolex to ensure an accuracy of −2/+2 seconds per day. It may not be finished to haute horlogerie standards but it is a very reliable calibre.
The new Yachtmaster 40 Everose Rolesor is a nice addition to the Yachtmaster lineup. Rolex does two-tone coloured watches very well and the combination of the stainless steel and 18ct Everose gold for the bezel and centre links for the bracelet, works harmoniously. The bezel gives off a warmth in addition to the chocolate dial being quite subtle. At S$ 18,920 it is reasonably priced and you are getting the reliable and solid build quality a timepiece manufactured to last. Is it a true Yachtsman’s watch? Not really, but it wouldn’t look out of place while cruising on a nice yacht with your friends in the Caribbean.
Oyster (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown)
Diameter : 40 mm
Everose Rolesor (combination of 904L steel and 18 ct Everose gold), polished finish
Bidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated in 18 ct Everose gold, Polished raised numerals and graduations
Screw-down with Rolex fluting
Triplock triple waterproofness system
Integral part of the middle case
Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date with double anti-reflective coating
100 metres (330 feet)
3135, Manufacture Rolex Mechanical movement with bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
−2/+2 sec/day, after casing
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands
Instantaneous date at 3 o’clock with rapid setting
Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Frequency: 28,800 beats/hour (4 Hz)
Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
Large balance wheel with variable inertia &High-precision regulating via four gold Microstella nuts
Traversing balance bridge
Approximately 48 hours
Chocolate, sunray finish
Highly legible Chromalight appliques (long-lasting luminescence) in 18 ct pink gold
18 ct pink gold, Chromalight
Oyster, three-piece solid links
Everose Rolesor (combination of 904L steel and 18 ct Everose gold), polished centre links, satin-finished outer links with polished edges
Oysterlock folding safety clasp
Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link