Yachtmaster I - Full steam ahead
In contrast to the other models of the Rolex family, which have been launched from the 1920’s to 1950’s, there is a rather short history behind the Yachtmaster (introduced at Baselworld 1999). Rolex intended to launch a luxury watch that was better than the highly successful Submariner models – The diver’s friend - and also perfectly designed for water sports. The Submariner, the GMT and the Sea Dweller stand for extremely robust, functional and user-friendly key player whereas the Yachtmaster represents pure luxury. The Yachtmaster has a water resistance of “only” 100m because its wearer prefers to stay above the water surface while cutting a sporty and elegant figure on a boat’s deck. Nevertheless the watch has become a great success right after its launch.Celebrities love to decorate themselves with a Yachtmaster. The immense amount of demands led to an endless waiting list and there is still today a huge hype around this watch. Its chronic can be summarized as follows: 1992 – Introduction of the Yachtmaster of 18 carat gold with the reference number 16628. The first programmable and mechanical countdown aroused great enthusiasm. 1994 – Presentation of a more delicate design for smaller wrists, especially for the ladies. 1999 – It is getting more exclusive: The Rolesium design (a combination of platinum and steel patented by Rolex) had its first appearance. 2005 – The Rolex Yachtmaster made of steel and gold with the reference number 16623 was ready for a boat trip. By the way: Do you know that the watch manufacturer Rolex uses 13t gold per year and thus represents the biggest processor of gold in Switzerland?
Fairplay also exists among online watch retailers
Rolex and yachting fairly play together. The Yachtmaster is very sportive and is the perfect watch for maritime Ladies&Gents during a regatta or a cozy boat trip on the lake. Just as the other Rolex watches, the Yachtmaster shines due to its elegance and special features. In terms of extravagance the Yachtmaster is on the very same level as the Rolex Submariner or the Rolex Daytona. When you buy your watch online you should not only focus on the lowest price. A Rolex from the assortment of HORANDO will be always a loyal companion on all oceans. The mechanical countdown, the high water resistance, the Oyster-case and the excellent readability are factors that make the Yachtmaster an ideal companion, no matter how tough the wind force is – not to forget the captain’s dinner (e.g. reference 116622).
Conquering new frontiers
Typical for Rolex is the loyalty to its products. Over the decades less has been changed in terms of shape and design, though Rolex has always been eager to surprise with the most spectacular technological innovations. The Yachtmaster also includes the magnifying Cyclops lens that was patented by Rolex in 1953; it enables to read the date window under all lighting conditions. Cyclops – a one-eyed giant from Greek mythology – would be also very impressed by the scratch proof sapphire glass and the double anti-reflex coating. During Baselworld 2011, Rolex also introduced the so called Regatta-chronograph. The Rolex Yachtmaster II is an upgrade of its predecessor due to novelties: It has an innovative movement and you can choose between two Yachtmaster versions (18 carat yellow gold, white gold or (later) bi-colour). If the Yachtmaster had been the helmsman the Yachtmaster II would have been the captain. Its 360 components are manufactured in-house and it means a highly detailed working process to assemble these elements.