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Rolex Yacht-Master 16622 and Yacht-Master II 116689 Double Luxury Watch Review

Watchuwant is now WatchBox! Subscribe for the best luxury watch content. Every commodore needs a flagship and a launch to serve it. Enjoy the best of both worlds with a comparison of these Rolex Yacht-Master luxury watches. The original Yacht-Master 16622 deck watch here is joined by a Yacht-Master II 116689 regatta chronograph. The former is stainless steel and platinum; the latter feels exquisite in 18-karat white gold and platinum. Rolex "launched" the original Yacht-Master in 1992 as an upscale counterpart to the more utilitarian Submariner. With larger white gold indexes and hands, the Yacht-Master presents as a watch for refined adventures above the waves... not below. Add a soldered-on precious metal bezel, and the Yacht-Master offers premium polish that no Submariner can match. In 1997, Rolex upgraded the Yacht-Master line with the model featured here: the "Rolesium" stainless steel and platinum 16622. The dial and bezel insert are lustrous platinum; the bracelet and case are hardy Rolex 904L stainless steel. 2007 brought the debut of the first all-new Rolex complicated watch in a gene ratio: the Yacht-Master II. Here featured in 18-karat white gold with platinum bezel insert, the Yacht-Master II is a worthy "ship-of-the-line" to complement the Yacht-Master's "sloop-of-war." Each Yacht-Master II is a programmable countdown chronograph designed for match racing among competitive sailing vessels. While yacht racing may not be on a given owner's agenda, the ability to program a countdown for any interval between zero and ten minutes is invaluable. Whether cooking or keeping track of breaks between meetings, a programmable countdown ranks among the top complications you never knew you needed. Each of these exceptional Rolex Yacht-Master models is an heirloom-quality timepiece in like-new condition. The opportunity to purchase this Yacht-Master II with a full Rolex factory set should be considered as an investment with an eye toward the future. So few of these range-topping 18k gold/platinum models have been built that is can be considered an obvious candidate for future collector infatuation. In addition to its outstanding qualities as a luxury watch, the Yacht-Master II in white gold features a totally different aesthetic than the ceramic-bezel models below it. Unmistakable and - when purchased new - almost ruinously expensive, *very* few of these are in public circulation. And if the auction circuit offers just one history lesson to collectors, it's that scarcity is sexy, and sex sells. View both of these Rolex Yacht-Master models on our website: Instagram: WatchBox Reviews Channel: Video and content by Tim Mosso.