The Rolex Yacht-Master range was launched in 1992, with a first model designed specifically for intrepid navigators and professional race skippers. Initially made of 18 ct gold – the first Professional model to debut in precious metal – and with a 40 mm case, the Yacht-Master was soon offered in other versions – Rolesor (combining Oystersteel and 18 ct gold) and Rolesium (combining Oystersteel for the case and bracelet and 950 platinum for the bezel) – as well as other sizes. Its graduated bezel is rotatable in both directions for fast and easy setting.
The bezel’s signature raised and polished numerals stand out clearly on the contrasting matt background. The Yacht-Master provides a timer functionality, enabling the wearer to read, for example, elapsed sailing time or the time between two buoys or waypoints.
Its Oyster case, water- proof to 100 meters (330 feet), also features a slightly rounded design to avoid snagging rigging or sails. This robust yet elegant case safely protects the accuracy of the self-winding mechanical movement, designed and manufactured by Rolex and certified as an official chronometer by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).
In 2019, Rolex is presenting the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42, bringing a 42 mm diameter to the range for the first time and heralding the arrival of 18 ct white gold on a Yacht-Master model.
Also new in 2019, the Oysterflex bracelet equipping the Yacht-Master 42 and the Yacht-Master 40 in 18 ct Everose gold is fitted for the first time with the Rolex Glidelock extension system. Developed and patented by Rolex, this ingenious toothed panel mechanism located under the clasp cover allows fine adjustment of the bracelet length without the use of tools.
Thanks to the Rolex Glidelock, the length of the Oysterflex bracelet can be easily adjusted by some 15 mm in increments of approximately 2.5 mm. Distinctively chic, sporty and technical, the Yacht-Master is the perfect watch for an active lifestyle and more than ever the ideal timepiece for sailing enthusiasts.