Today’s Rolex Yacht-Master timepieces are among the most elegant sport watches in the Rolex catalog, satisfying a blend of durable and refined. Taking clear design inspiration from other models like the Submariner and Sea-Dweller, the Yacht-Master sets itself apart as a dignified choice due to a select few design elements like the unique bidirectional bezel. Discover the free-flowing, curvaceous Yacht-Master in platinum, stainless steel, and gold, as well as a number of case sizes.
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Rolex Yacht-Master: Setting Sail
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
Is the Yacht-Master discontinued?
No, the Rolex Yacht-Master has not been discontinued. However, the brand has discontinued specific references such as the ref. 16623 in 2016, as well as several ladies size options such as the 29mm and midsize 35mm.
Is the Rolex Yacht-Master a good purchase?
Yes, the Yacht-Master is a good investment because they typically hold their value. Plus, they’re available in precious metal combinations which, by nature, are also more valuable over time.
How do you spot a fake Yacht-Master?
There are a few ways you can spot a fake Yacht-Master. First, beware of quartz movements. If the second hand’s movement is not smooth, that is a red flag. Additionally, consider the weight of the watch. Authentic pieces are typically heftier due to the materials used. Lastly, check to see if there’s a cyclops lens that magnifies the date—many counterfeit watches will skip this detail.
How do you set the time on a Rolex Yacht-Master?
To set the time on a Yacht-Master, make sure the crown is unscrewed and pulled out to the third position. Once the second hand is stopped, you may set the time to the precise second by rotating clockwise. Then, to set the date, pull the crown out to the second position and rotate clockwise. Finally, securely push the crown in and screw back down to ensure water resistance.
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