Introduced in 1992, the Rolex Yacht-Master has a rather short but impressive history, serving as a staple collection in the world of sailing watches.
The brand’s relationship with yachting was established years prior to the release of the Yacht-Master collection, fostering ties with prestigious yacht clubs and regattas since the 1950s. Interestingly in 1966, Sir Francis Chichester became the first person to circumnavigate the globe on a solo trip with only one companion by his side—a Rolex wristwatch that he praised for its durability and functionality upon return. Once the Yacht-Master launched with sailors in mind, it quickly appealed to collectors due to its range of size options, as well as design hallmarks like the bidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated bezel that calculates sailing time. Interested in other nautical-inspired Rolex watches? Browse our collection of pre-owned Submariners and Sea-Dwellers for near-mint condition luxury timepieces.
Discover the Yacht-Master Collection
There is a certain level of exclusivity within the Yacht-Master suite as it’s the only Rolex collection to feature Rolesium, the brand’s proprietary combination of a stainless steel bracelet and a bezel in 950 platinum. Collectors can also get a Yacht-Master fitted with an Oysterflex™ bracelet, a highly sought after strap that made its way into the collection in 2015 with the Ref. 116655. Coincidentally, this was also the first Yacht-Master to be offered in Everose. Although the collection boasts some exclusivity in material, it certainly does not fall short in its wide range of case sizes including 37mm, 40mm, and 42mm options, making it a fine choice for women looking for smaller sizes. From time to time, you can even find the discontinued 29mm and 35mm versions on the pre-owned market as well. And of course, it would be impossible to discuss the Yacht-Master without mentioning the Yacht-Master II, equipped with a regatta chronograph, adjustable countdown timer with flyback functionality, and mechanical memory—a truly stunning, technological timepiece. If you’d like to learn more about the nuances between the Yacht-Master and Yacht-Master II, watch this video for an expert review. It’s also important to note that since 2019, all Yacht-Master timepieces have a 70-hour power reserve made possible by their in-house calibre 3235. If you’d like to learn more about Rolex’s innovations, read this article to discover their selection of proprietary materials.
Explore More Yacht-Master Models
Since the collection’s launch in the early 90s, the beloved Yacht-Master suite has seen its fair share of evolutions and exciting refreshes, paving the way for fluctuations in supply, demand, and ultimately price for many pre-owned models. Currently, our inventory ranges in cost from $9,450 to $26,950 depending on several factors like material and demand. Check out a selection of the top-selling references to consider as you browse.
If you’re searching for a 40mm option, this self-winding automatic piece is a great option. Its stainless steel case and platinum bezel and dial make for a captivating combination of materials, and its functions include hours, minutes, seconds, and date.
Searching for gold? This Yacht-Master marks the spot. Featuring a 40mm 18k yellow gold case, a white mother-of-pearl and ruby dial, and a 18k yellow gold Oyster bracelet, this timepiece is eye-catching and impressive. Sailors and water-lovers alike can indulge in its robust hour, minute, seconds, and date functionality as well.
Fit for those with a smaller wrist size, the 35mm ref. 68628 in 18k yellow gold is simply mesmerizing. Its white dial, Oyster bracelet, and reliable functions are perfect for a day on the water.
Purchasing a Pre-Owned Rolex Yacht-Master
As the world’s leading platform for buying, selling, and trading pre-owned luxury watches, we provide collectors and enthusiasts with the unique opportunity to find exquisite and rare Yacht-Master timepieces. Whether you’re looking for a piece with a blue dial on a stainless steel Oyster bracelet, or a watch featuring 18k Everose gold, our collection has something for everyone. Discover our recommendations on the ultimate Rolex collection or find similar pieces to the Rolex Yacht-Master by perusing our collections of sport, gold, and platinum watches.
Lastly, be sure to watch an in-depth review of the Yacht-Master ref. 268655 and ref. 116655—our experts leave no detail behind.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Yacht-Master