The Rolex Yacht-Master: A Timepiece for the Sailing World

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The Rolex Yacht-Master: A Timepiece for the Sailing World
The Rolex Yacht-Master: A Timepiece for the Sailing World

DIKSIA.COM - The is a that embodies the rich heritage that has bound and the world of since the 1950s. Designed specifically for navigators and skippers, the provides a perfect blend of functionality and nautical style, making it equally at home on and off the water.

The Yacht-Master is easily recognizable for its bidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated bezel, which enables the wearer to read time intervals, such as the time between two buoys. The bezel is made of precious materials, such as platinum or gold, and has raised numerals and graduations that stand out against a sand-blasted background.

The Yacht-Master also features a distinctive dial, with large hour markers and hands coated with luminescent material for enhanced legibility in all lighting conditions. The dial bears the name “Yacht-Master” in red or turquoise, echoing the color of the seconds hand. The date window is located at 3 o'clock, with a Cyclops lens for magnification.

The Yacht-Master is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, certified as a Superlative Chronometer by Rolex and the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). This means that the has passed rigorous tests of precision, reliability, and resistance to shocks, temperature variations, and magnetic fields. The movement also has a Perpetual rotor, which allows the watch to be wound by the natural movements of the wrist, and a Parachrom hairspring, which enhances the stability of the oscillator.

The Yacht-Master is fitted with an Oyster bracelet, which is robust and comfortable, and has a folding Oysterlock safety clasp to prevent accidental opening. The bracelet also has an Easylink extension system, which allows the wearer to adjust the length by about 5 mm, for optimal comfort in any situation.

The Yacht-Master is available in different sizes, materials, and colors, to suit the preferences and personalities of its owners. In this article, we will explore some of the most popular and recent models of the Yacht-Master, and discover why this watch is the emblematic watch of the sailing world.

The Yacht-Master 40

The Yacht-Master 40 is the classic and versatile model of the Yacht-Master range, with a case diameter of 40 mm. It was launched in 1992, as the first Professional-category watch to be offered in three sizes: 29, 35, and 40 mm. The Yacht-Master 40 has a water resistance rating of 100 metres (330 feet), and a triple-locking winding crown system taken from Rolex's famous family of saturation diving watches.