The Yachtmaster line-up has a rather short history as it was introduced to the market in 1992, however the relationship Rolex has with yachting dates back many years prior to this release. Rolex has been fostering ties with prestigious yacht clubs and regattas since the 1950s, and their watches have been on the wrists of many famous sailors since this time. In 1966, Sir Francis Chichester became the first person to circumnavigate the globe (traveling west to east) on a solo trip. His only companion was the Rolex watch on his wrist, and he offered high praise to the watch’s durability upon his return. The Yachtmaster line was designed with these sailors in mind, hence the name.
The Yachtmaster’s wide appeal is due in part to the many size options available. It is the only sports model to be offered in three sizes: 37mm, 40mm, 42mm option. It is one of the few sports models that especially appeals to women thanks to these smaller sizes. There is also a certain level of exclusivity when it comes to the Yachtmaster. Rolesium is Rolex’s combination of stainless steel and platinum in their watches, and the Yachtmaster is the only way for collectors to obtain this mix. Also, there are Yachtmaster models that come fitted with an Oysterflex bracelet. These straps are highly sought after because they are only offered on a select few sports models. The Yachtmaster is an ideal model for those who appreciate the look of a hardcore dive watch but are interested in a more refined and elegant watch. This answers that need in the market.
The pre-owned market is a great place to shop for a Yachtmaster. The high demand in the current market is making it increasingly difficult to find Rolex sports models in authorized deals. The secondary market is the best place to find them available, and on top of that, it is the best place to find them available at a discount. If you are looking to add a Yachtmaster to your collection, Watchbox’s global inventory is the best place to start your search!
The current Yachtmasters are among the most elegant sports watches in the Rolex catalog. They are a satisfying blend of “durable diver watch” and “refined dress piece.” There are clear design inspirations shared from other sports models like the Submariner and Sea-Dweller, but the Yachtmaster sets itself apart as the more refined choice through a few select design elements. The main distinction is the uniquely threedimensional bezel. Inclusive of both the platinum and ceramic options, these bezels have polished numerals in the foreground of a sand-blasted base. Their bi-directional capabilities allow for easy timing adjustments which is especially useful during yachting. The case itself is more free-flowing and curvaceous than the other sports models, adding to the overall “less tooly appeal” of the watch. The polished center-links in the bracelet subtlety complete the blend of dressy and sport.