Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II

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Introduced in 2007, Rolex's Yacht-Master II increased the size and functionality of the Yacht-Master model that preceded it. This regatta chronograph includes a programable countdown feature with a mechanical memory developed by Rolex.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II (photo: Rolex)
Like the DeepSea Sea-Dweller, The Yacht-Master II features a 44mm case, the largest currently offered by Rolex. It contains a 4161 movement manufactured entirely by the watchmaker that works directly with the Ring Command Bezel to provide functionality for the countdown feature.

This model is unique in that it features a programable 10 minute countdown that allows the wearer, presumably a skipper during a yacht race, to synchronize with the official regatta countdown to make sure that their vessel begins the race on time. The countdown can also be synchronized on the fly, meaning if the skipper finds that the watch countdown is off when compared to the regatta countdown, he or she can quickly 'fly-back' to the regatta time by hitting the pusher in the 4 o'clock position.

Although the functionality is certainly innovative, it is safe to assume that not everyone who purchases this model is a skipper on a yacht. The appeal of the Yacht-Master II lies in its size and nautical design details. Photographed above in Rolesor, a combination of Rolex's Everose gold and 904l stainless steel, it features a blue Cerachrom bezel on all but the white gold/platinum model.

The suggested retail price for the Rolesor Everose configuration shown above (ref 116681) is 24,000 Swiss Francs (approximately $25,160 US).

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