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Sail Away with the Yacht-Master II

The Yacht-Master II regatta chronograph allows skippers to perfectly time their starts on the water with its programmable timer. Released 15 years after the original Yacht-Master, the Yacht-Master II is a functional tool watch for sailors and watch enthusiasts alike. It’s even famously worn on the wrist of tennis champion Roger Federer. The first Yacht-Master was launched in 1992 and doesn’t feature the regatta chronograph complication seen in the Yacht-Master II. Learn more about the differences between the two models in our expert comparison. The Yacht-Master II is just one of Rolex’s famous models designed for the sea, browse our collections of pre-owned Submariners and Sea-Dwellers for luxury timepieces in near mint condition.

Characteristics and Models

With a 44mm case size and blue Cerachrom or platinum bezel, the Yacht-Master II is certainly an eye-catching model. It’s available in material options such as stainless steel with a Cerachrom bezel, Everose Rolesor with Cerachrom bezel (seen in Reference 116681), 18k yellow gold with Cerachrom bezel, and 18k white gold with a platinum bezel (seen in Reference 116689). The white dial works in contrast with the small blue 10-minute countdown timer and vibrant red arrow. This timepiece is also known for its bezel because it’s only rotatable 90 degrees, and uses a Ring Command system for setting the countdown function. Learn more about this model’s nautical aesthetic in our review of the Yacht-Master II.

The Yacht-Master II is known for its adjustable countdown timer with mechanical memory — a first in the world of luxury watches. The watch’s seconds hand will fly back to the zero mark and the minute countdown hand will fly back to the nearest minute if you hit the reset button. This technical feature draws in professional skippers and those who need to track time alike. In 2013, Rolex updated the model’s movement from the Cal. 4160 to the Cal. 4161. All Yacht-Master II models are water resistant up to 100 meters.

Purchasing a Pre-owned Yacht-Master II Watch

Watch enthusiasts and collectors alike come to WatchBox for our assortment of pre-owned Yacht-Master II watches in exceptional condition. For other watches similar to this model, browse our collections of sailing watches and dive watches with timepieces from Rolex, Omega, and Panerai.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Yacht-Master II

How much is a Rolex Yacht-Master II?

The Yacht-Master II is one of the more expensive Rolex models because of its size, complicated movement, and materials. Stainless steel models begin at around $15,000 while white or yellow gold references can retail for around $42,000 and above.

Is the Yacht-Master II discontinued?

No, the Yacht-Master II is still in production and is also available in the pre-owned watch market.

How do you set the time on a Rolex Yacht-Master II?

Simply unscrew the crown and pull out to the first position. Rotate the crown in either direction to the correct time.

How do you use a Rolex Yacht-Master II?

To set the countdown timer on a Yacht-Master II, turn the bezel counterclockwise as far as it will go. Then, depress the lower pusher. Unscrew the crown and turn clockwise to move the countdown minute hand to the desired duration. And then return the bezel to its original position. Once set, the countdown time is mechanically memorized. Start and stop using the upper pusher and reset with the lower pusher.

Yacht-Master II Pricing Guide