Rolex Yacht-Master-2 116680, laterally crown
Rolex Yacht-Master

The new Yacht-Master 2 and the exclusive gem variant of the Yacht-Master 40

Rolex Yacht-Master Novelties 2017

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht Master 2

At Baselworld 2017 Rolex presented the latest version of the Yacht-Master 2 (actually of course Yacht-Master II… we write “2”, because this is the more frequently used search term). Introduced in 2007, the professional regatta chronograph has undergone a facelift and is now equipped with a revised dial and new hands.

Rolex Yacht-Master-2 116680, laterally

The new Yacht-Master 2 in stainless steel, Reference 116680 (Photo: Rolex)

To improve legibility, the new dial has a triangular hour mark at the twelve o’clock position and a rectangular hour mark at the six o’clock position. And from now on the Yacht-Master 2 also carries the typical Rolex Mercedes hour hand, which stands out even more clearly from the minute hand due to its illuminated disc.

Rolex Yacht-Master-2 116680, Dial

The new hands are characteristic of Rolex’ professional timers (Photo: Rolex)

The Yacht-Master 2 is one of the professional models of the Swiss company and features an adjustable countdown with mechanical memory and flyback function developed by Rolex. The ease of use despite its high technical complexity is crucial for the practical suitability of this tool. This is the only way to ensure precise timing during the tense regatta start phase. The countdown can be programmed from one to ten minutes, which is stored mechanically and can then be synchronized”in flight” with the official countdown of the regatta.

Rolex Yacht-Master-2 116680, laterally crown

The Ring Command bezel activates and blocks the programming of the countdown (Photo: Rolex)

The connection between Rolex and the world of sailing looks back on a long history, several of the most renowned regattas and ocean races in the world are sponsored by the company.

Rolex Maxi Yacht

The legendary Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup (Photo: ©Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi)

Find out more about Rolex’s commitment to sailing!

Inside the yacht master 2, the Caliber 4161 continues to operate, the caliber known for precision and reliability was developed on the basis of the Rolex 4130 chronograph movement, from which the Cosmograph Daytona is driven. Like all Rolex watches, the sail chronograph is certified as a “superlative chronometer”, its robust Oyster case ensures maximum durability and guaranteed water resistance to a depth of 100m.

Rolex Caliber 4161

Caliber 4161, with the self-winding mechanism Perpetual Rotor, has a power reserve of approximately 72 hours (Photo: Rolex)

The Perpetual Rotor, elementary component of every Rolex Oyster (Photo: Rolex)

Read more about the complex caliber 4161 and other Rolex movements here!

Pictures from Baselworld 2017:

Rolex Yacht-Master-2 116680, Baselworld live

This is how the Yacht-Master 2 makes itself felt on the wrist (Photo:

Rolex Yacht-Master-2 116680, Baselworld live

The price for the stainless steel version of the Yacht-Master 2 2017 is 17,000Euros, in stainless steel/everose gold it costs 22,900Euros, in yellow gold 39,600Euros and in white gold/platinum 43,700Euros.

Watch the official Rolex video of the Yacht-Master 2 2017:

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 40 with gemstone bezel

A strikingly exclusive variant of the Yacht-Master 40 now enriches the maritime Rolex collection.

Rolex Yacht-Master 40 116695SATS, laterally left

Rolex Yacht-Master 40, Ref. 116695SATS (Photo: Rolex)

32 sapphires, 18 tsavorites and a triangular diamond adorn the gemstone bezel of the new Yacht Master 40, combined with an Everose gold case and shiny black dial.

Rolex Yacht-Master 40 116695SATS, laterally

The black, sporty Oysterflex bracelet emphasizes that it is both a piece of jewellery and suitable for use. Of course, its beautiful Everosegold Oyster case offers the usual, guaranteed waterproofness to 100m depth.

Rolex Yacht-Master 40 116695SATS, laterally right

Rolex Yacht-Master 40 116695SATS, Dial

The Yacht-Master 40 is certified as a “superlative chronometer”, in which the Caliber 3135 works.

Rolex Caliber 3135

Rolex Caliber 3135 (Photo: Rolex)

Prices for the new Yacht-Master 40 2017 with gem bezel are still rare, mostly “n.A.” can be read. However, it is said to cost around 59,550Euros.

Have a look at the noble piece in two different variants:

Photos: Rolex

Continuously updated article, originally put online in April 2017.

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