Among Rolex’s novelties 2022, on display at Watches and Wonders is the new Yacht-Master 42 in gold. Known as Rolex’s “ocean watch”, the Yacht-Master was launched in 1992 and has become the brand’s luxury nautical watch. Introduced in 2019, the latest evolution of the Yacht-Master features a new case size of 42mm and is made in white gold (ref. 226659). As expected from a brand that prefers slow evolution over revolutionary change, Rolex continues the trend with the 2022 Yacht-Master without changing course. Like the 42mm white gold model, the new yellow gold model features a black bidirectional rotating bezel with Cerachrom insert, Rolex’s latest-generation automatic movement and a black rubber Oysterflex bracelet.
Rolex Yacht Master 42 Yellow Gold and Black Cerachrom
The 42mm Oyster case of the new Yacht-Master is made of a solid block of 18K yellow gold and is water-resistant to 100 meters. The unique bi-directional rotating bezel features a matte black Cerachrom insert with raised mirror-polished indexes and numerals for a dramatic aesthetic. Developed and patented by Rolex, Cerachrom is a very hard ceramic material that is virtually scratch-resistant, corrosion-resistant and unaffected by UV rays. Matte black ceramic is sandblasted for a more technical and contemporary finish and provides a backdrop for the embossed black numerals marking 0-60 minutes at 10 minute intervals. The gold knurled edge provides a good grip for the bezel and caseback, it is screwed in a sealed manner, and its edge is beautifully grooved to ensure that only the Rolex watchmakers can access the movement. Like all Yacht-Masters, the case features a triple-locking crown, the dial is protected by sapphire crystal, and there is a Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock for the date display.
When Rolex introduced its Everose Yacht-Master reference 116655 in 2015, the watch received two aesthetic updates that made it more elegant and modern: a black Cerachrom ceramic insert and a high-tech black rubber Oysterflex strap. While the Yacht-Master is available in two-tone as well as Oystersteel and platinum versions, the combination of the precious metal case with the black bezel, dial and rubber strap, as well as the 42mm case size introduced in 2019, gives the Yacht-Master its unique And truly luxurious modernity. The absence of luminous material on the solid gold bezel and case clearly elevates the Yacht-Master to the place of the surface, tool watch and professional diver’s watch, redirecting it towards quieter pursuits on deck.
To enhance the understated aesthetic of this Rolex Yacht-Master 42, the black lacquered dial features gold applied hour-markers (triangles, circles and rectangles), treated with Rolex’s own Chromalight luminous material for a very long-lasting lustre. blue. The iconic Mercedes hour, minute and central seconds hands with their circular counterweight, glowing in the dark, are also made in gold with the same luminous treatment as the hour markers. cheap watches for sale
Rolex movement 3235
First introduced in 2015 to replace the long-standing 3135 calibre, Caliber 3235 is now Rolex’s flagship date movement and is protected by no less than 14 patents, the most important of which is the new Chronergy escapement. Made of anti-magnetic nickel-phosphorus, about half of the powerful 70-hour power reserve is due to a newly designed escapement. Mounted on a Paraflex damper, the Parachrom hairspring is also insensitive to magnetic fields and temperature changes, providing ten times the accuracy of conventional hairsprings in the event of a shock. The Calibre 3235 was the first movement to receive Rolex’s own certification as a top-level chronometer, with an error of just -2/+2 seconds per day (stricter than COSC).
Black Oysterflex Bracelet
The matte black elastic strap has become a distinctive feature of the Yacht-Master, and its hidden internal structure of flexible curved metal blades reproduces the robustness and reliability of a metal bracelet. The 18k yellow gold Oysterlock folding clasp features the Glidelock extension system for 15mm tool-free adjustment.
Technical characteristics of the Rolex Yacht-Master 42 226658
Case: 42mm, 18kt yellow gold, polished, fluted and sealed caseback, triple-lock crown, water-resistant to 100m, sapphire crystal and Cyclops lens date window.
Dial: Black lacquer – 18K yellow gold indexes and luminous blue Chromalight treated hands – Date window at 3 o’clock
Movement: Rolex calibre 3235, internal self-winding, top chronometer certification, 4Hz frequency, 70-hour power reserve, hours, minutes, seconds, date.
Strap: Black Elastomer with Hidden Flexible Blade – 18ct Yellow Gold Foldover Clasp with Extension System