By TLex Boasting a new 18ct Everose Gold case with a contrasting black Cerachrom bezel and matching black dial complete with sporty red 'Yacht-Master' text and Rolex's new Oysterflex bracelet - this the latest version of Rolex's nautical Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master and what a beauty it is!
Offered in two sizes: 40mm or a new 37mm diameter, the new Yacht-Master’s Oyster case, has a guaranteed water-resistance to a depth of 100 meters (330 feet). I know it isn't a diver, but I think even the most basic nautical watches should push for at least 200m.
Housing a high-precision automatic movement, the main case has been constructed from a solid block of 18ct Everose gold, that was cast by Rolex in their own foundry. Its fluted caseback and winding crown have been fitted with Rolex's Triplock triple waterproofness system – that screws everything down securely against the case.
Divers features include: a screwdown crown with integrated crown guard and a rotational timing-bezel with a new Cerachrom inlay in black ceramic with highly polished raised numerals and graduations, which not only look amazing against the matte insert, but allow the wearer to easily read elapsed times of up to 60 minutes.
A Sapphire crystal with a Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock allows for easy reading of the date. Like its namesake (the mythical beast), it's pretty ugly, but is a well known hallmark of the Yacht-Master and other Rolex sports models; if left out, it would surely be missed!
The matching (with the bezel) matte black dial is a first for the Yacht-Master - it is fitted with a set of highly-contrasting broad Chromalight hands and hour markers that have been filled with a BGW9 SLN, which emits a long-lasting blue glow.
The new Yacht-Master has been fitted with a new Oysterflex bracelet, developed and patented by Rolex. It offers a sporty alternative to a metal bracelets without compromising robustness, water-proofness or reliability. Aesthetically and in terms of suppleness and comfort, it just like a rubber strap. However its resistance is comparable to that of a metal bracelet thanks to a superelastic metal blade that lies at its core - which is over-moulded with a high-performance black elastomer, a viscoelastici (having both viscosity and elasticity) polymer.
For extra comfort, the inside of the Oysterflex bracelet is equipped with a patented longitudinal cushion system that stabilizes the watch on your wrist. The bracelet is fitted with an 18ct Everose gold Oysterlock safety clasp that prevents any accidental opening. Sounds pretty amazing - all we need now is one that can retro-fit to our DS, Subs ad SDs.