rolex yacht master 116622
3 Mar
2020

Review: Rolex Yacht-Master Two-Tone 116621 with Brown Dial

At Baselworld 1992, Rolex added a brand new model to its catalogue referred to as the Yacht-Master.

The brand developed the model as a more luxurious and gaudy sibling of the legendary Rolex Submariner diver watch.

However, Rolex made the Submariner exclusively for ventures underneath the ocean surface. On the other hand, the Yacht-Master outdo while it is worn on the boat decks as well as on the land.

Now:

The Yacht-Master Reference 116621 was released at Baselworld 2016. More significantly, it was the ever first Everose Yacht-Master edition.

Today, the Yacht-Master 116621 is gathering slightly more attention than ever before among collectors across the world.

The Rolex Yacht-Master: Origin & Its Similarity to the Submariner

The Yacht-Master is considered as a more luxurious and fancier version of the legendary Submariner watch. How?

  • The Yacht-Master watch sports a similar 40mm case, a 60-minute rotating bezel, and a luminescent sporty dial.
  • However, both the watches come with the patented Triplock winding crown.

So, what makes the watch different from the Submariner?

The Rolex Yacht-Master features a new sand-blasted bezel that is made of either platinum or gold as well as more curved and refined lugs.

  • Moreover, both are resistance to different water depths.
  • While Rolex didn’t devise the Yacht-Master for scuba diving, the watch does not have the water-resistance ratings similar to the Submariner.
  • The Rolex Submariner is water-resistance up to a depth of 100m; whereas, the Yacht-Master comes with a depth rating of 100m.

However, the Yacht-Master features a bidirectional rotating bezel with polished and raised graduations.

On the contrary, the Submariner sports a unidirectional bezel with engraved numerals.

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The Rolex Yacht-Master: Case & Bracelet

The Rolex Yacht-Master 116621 features a 40mm Oyster case, sand-blasted 60-minute rotating bezel and patented Triplock crown.

However, Rolex fitted the Yacht-Master with more tapered and curved lugs, offering a more refined and dressier look to it.

  • The original Yacht-Master ref. 116621 flaunts a beautiful sunburst chocolate dial and hands, hour markers as well as a Rolex logo with rose gold accents.
  • However, Rolex also offered a black dial option later.

Nonetheless, the brown, as well as the black dial iterations, are significantly cherished and coveted among collectors in the second hand market.

The reference 116621 features its name “Yacht-Master” engraved in a red hue on the dial.

Regarding the bracelet, Rolex today offers the Yacht-Master 40 model on an Oysterflex rubber and a 3-link Oyster bracelet.

  • But Rolex fitted the Everose gold reference 116621 with only an Oyster bracelet.
  • However, the bracelet features solid centre links, solid end-links and a robust machined clasp.

The patented Easylink extension on the clasp enables wearers to decrease or increase the bracelet’s length by 5mm with no use of tools.

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The Rolex Yacht-Master: Movement

The Yacht-Master reference 116621 is powered by the proprietary Calibre 3135 movement.

  • This self-winding movement beats at a frequency of 28,800bph.
  • However, it features an automatic date-changing mechanism and offers 48-hours of power reserve.

Newer versions of the Calibre 3135 movement is also fitted with the brand’s proprietary Parachrom blue hairspring.

  • It allows the movement to be accurate to -2/+2 seconds each day.

Moreover, the Calibre 3135 comes with the Superlative Chronometer certification given by Rolex.

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