Rolex Yacht Master 16628 18k Mother of Pearl/Sapp/Dia Dial Watch
|Case Material||18k Yellow Gold|
|Bezel||18k Yellow Gold Unidirectional Fluted|
|Case Diameter||40 mm|
|Bracelet||18kt Yellow Gold Oyster with deployment clasp|
|Dial||Mother of Pearl Diamond and Sapphire Dial Marker Dial with Date at 3 o’clock|
|Wrist Size||Will fit a size 7″ wrist|
|Box and Papers||Comes with Rolex Box and Papers!|
Rolex Yachtmaster History
The Rolex Yachtmaster is a special watch. The model was one of the newest and most recent to be released by the prestigious Rolex brand. In fact, the Yachtmaster was not released until the year 1992. For a sake of reference, the most recent model before the release of the Yachtmaster was the GMT Master in 1964! The first model was produced under reference number 16628 as a 18kt yellow gold watch with a white dial and movement caliber 3135. This same caliber was used in the Submariner and Sea-Dweller watches as well. The watch is fitted with a triplock crown but resistant to only 100 meters. 100 meters is still quite impressive, but nobody should be thinking about diving with a yellow gold yachtmaster anyway. Two years later in 1994, Rolex released a newer Yachtmaster under reference numbers 68628 69628. These watches were released with 18kt yellow gold as the material as well, but they came in two different sizes. The 68628 was released as a 35 mm watch, while the 69628 was released as a 29 mm watch, intended for a lady’s wrist. They came with either a blue or white dial. The watches came with the 2135 calibre movement. 40 mm Yachtmaster watches are sometimes referred to as the Jumbo Yachtmaster.
Not long after, Rolex released a newer Yachtmaster model in 1999 with steel and platinum. The watch measured 40 mm in diameter and had the reference 16622. Other sizes were released at the same time as reference numbers 168622 (35 mm) and 169622 (29 mm). The Yachtmaster’s popularity has been tremendous. It is not uncommon to see a celebrity or a well known person wearing this watch. Many of these models come with a hefty price tag, but their price is backed by their quality. These watches are made to endure the test of time. Besides their quality, they are a favorite crowd pleaser. If you find yourself wearing a Rolex Yachtmaster, you will be sure to attract a large gathering of people who will take great interest in your watch. As mentioned earlier, the Yachtmaster sports a 100 m water resistant depth. However, it has been speculated that Rolex released this version as a luxury alternative to the Submariner and Sea-Dweller. Rolex is known to produce watches with specific functions that fit a variety of professionals throughout the different facets of society. The Submariner was intended for divers, the GMT Master for aviators, and the Explorer for adventurers. Instead of being a tool watch, the Yachtmaster was intended as a luxury wristwatch that not only served the same necessary functions as a Submariner, but also to attract the attenton of people.
In 2005, Rolex released yet another version of the Yachtmaster. The watch was released as a gold and stainless steel combination with reference number 16623. The full size is available in quite a variety of dials. These include white, blue, silver, mother of pearl, champagne, and brown. The bezel on all yachtmasters comes in either gold or platinum. There is no inlay with these bezels, so be sure to avoid scratching them.
Even though the Rolex Yachtmaster was intended as a luxury watch, sometimes versions of the tool watches (GMT Master, Explorer, Submariner, etc) fetch more money than the Yachtmaster. This is because collector watches have accumulated a greater value over the years for their rarity and usefulness. The Yachtmaster, to some collectors, is simply a tool watch with more expensive metals. To some, it is not worth paying the extra value for gold or platinum. Nevertheless, some Yachtmaster models are sought after in the watch collector community and they continue to be a popular luxury watch model.
The Yachtmaster is the newest Rolex model, so what’s next?
You would think that with the high quality of the Yachtmaster, Rolex would stop producing improvements. However, in 2010 Rolex introduced the Yachtmaster II. The Yachtmaster II was released under reference numbers 116688 (the yellow gold version) and 116689 (the white gold versio). In 2011, Rolex yet again introduced a newer version under reference 116681. It was made from stainless steel and everose gold. The Yachtmaster II had a case diameter of 44 mm. This is a characteristic unique to all Yachtmaster II watches. The watch was also fitted with a 4161 movement.