The Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master, the emblematic nautical watch, embodies the privileged ties between Rolex and the world of sailing that stretch back to the 1950s. Sleek, sporty and distinguished, the Yacht-Master is just as at home on the deck of a yacht on the open sea as on land in an elegant yacht club lounge.
the YACHT-MASTER II
The Yacht-Master II is designed to meet the needs of professional sailors. This regatta chronograph features the world's first programmable countdown with a mechanical memory. It provides precise synchronisation with the crucial starting sequence of a yacht race. The design of the Yacht-Master II is inspired by Maxi yachts, those masters of the seas that marry technology, elegance and performance. Its lines are fluid and functional. The pushers suggest racing yacht winches. On the bezel, the name of the Yacht-Master II is displayed like the name of a boat on the hull. The rotatable Ring Command bezel, with its function of setting the regatta countdown, is reminiscent of a yacht’s wheel.Watch Video
As in any contest of speed, precision is of the essence in a regatta. The Yacht-Master II features an unprecedented mechanical function: a countdown that can be programmed from 1 to 10 minutes and allows skippers to precisely time and follow each race’s official starting procedure. This flexibility is one of the major assets of the Yacht-Master II; its development was a considerable technological challenge. Rolex engineers devoted 35,000 hours to developing this complication. The programming can be mechanically memorised. Furthermore, once the watch’s countdown is launched, it can be synchronised with the official race countdown.
RING COMMAND BEZEL
Rolex achieved perfection when it turned its attention to redefining the purpose and functionality of the bezel. Typically, a rotatable bezel operates independently from the internal mechanism; however, the Ring Command bezel of the Yacht-Master II regatta chronograph operates in conjunction with it. The bezel literally acts as the key to the programmable countdown. Complex in design, but simple in use, it is functionally beautiful.
Sleek, sporty, distinguished: the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master symbolizes the privileged ties between Rolex and the world of sailing that stretch back to the 1950s. It is the only Oyster Professional model offered in two sizes: 40 and 37 mm.Watch Video
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Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, Rolex pioneered the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, exploration, the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring activities, as well as philanthropic programmes.