The Beauty of the Rolex Yacht-Master II
The Rolex Yacht-Master II Reference 116680 is the one Rolex that screams for attention. Unlike the submariner, or GMT or nearly any other Rolex, the Yacht-Master II demands a second, third, and more looks from anyone that sees it on your wrist.
The dark ocean blue “Command” bezel with the 0- 10 markings gives the watch a beautiful color and unique functionality. This ocean blue color begs owners to modify their steel band with designer bands for the Rolex Yacht-Master II.
The bezel is tied to the internal mechanical movement allowing the Yacht owner to set and synchronize the timing of race start times and countdown. Unlike other timepieces the bezel is not an independent mechanism. It is part of a functional masterpiece, designed by Rolex, undermining the underlying complexity with its simple beauty.
The Yacht-Master II has a white dial, and touches of the Red, White and Blue throughout. The hour markers are white markers surrounded by steel and painted with Chromalight, providing long-lasting blue luminescence in the dark.
The new Yacht-Master II has a large triangular hour marker at 12 o’clock and a large rectangle at 6 o’clock. Luminescent paint also appears on the hour minute and seconds markers as well as the 10 minute countdown hand.
The Power of Oystersteel
The 44 mm case is built from Oystersteel, a 904L alloy often used in aerospace and high-tech situations because of its resistance to corrosion and its ability maintain beauty even in the harshest environments.
The timepiece is capped with a sapphire crystal. The case is further protected by a screw-down crown with a Triplock triple waterproofness system.
The Oystersteel case is connected to an Oystersteel Oyster bracelet. This masculine band has three flat piece links and are almost as distinctive as the Rolex brand itself. The folding Oysterlock safety clasp has the Rolex Easylink technology. This allows owners to comfortably adjust the extension links by 5 mm.
The New Caliber of the Yacht-Master II
Rolex recently updated the Yacht-Master II with a much more powerful movement. Rolex launched the caliber 4161 self-winding movement. This perpetual, mechanical, self-winding, regatta chronograph is the result of over 35,000 hours of development, patented functions, and 360 components.
This new caliber supports 72 hours of power reserve. The timepiece also supports a waterproof depth of 330 feet.
The caliber 4161 has a Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring oscillator for reliability even in rough seas. It has center hour and minute hands, and a small seconds hand at 6 o’clock. It features a programmable countdown with mechanical memory and on-the-fly synchronization. It also has stop-seconds for precise time setting. Unlike most other timepieces, the bezel is an integral part of the mechanical movement.
Designer Bands for the Rolex Yacht-Master II
The blue band from Rubber B with blue vulchromatic stripe supports the Rolex clasp. Rubber B has designed 3 dual colored rubber straps. These are engineered to fit the Rolex Yachtmaster II and the Oyster deployment buckle.
The strap utilizes “Blocked Integration,” so it provides a flawless, motionless flush mount to the watch case. The Blue Band can be selected with either a Red, White or Blue stripe – tying together the beautiful coloring of the Yacht-Master II color scheme.
All Rubber B products are made in Switzerland of pure vulcanized rubber. No coatings, blends or bonding is used in the manufacturing process. This makes all Rubber B bands a perfect complement for boating, swimming and many other athletic endeavors.
The matching blue band to the Rolex blue command bezel will hold its shape and stellar beauty for years to come. For more information visit our page here.