News Basel 2011

New Yacht-Master II

The Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II embodies all of the intense emotion a regatta arouses

The Watch Quote™ - March 27th, 2011



As the start draws near, the skipper’s pulse quickens. Already visualizing the action of the race, he manoeuvres as close as possible to the line. The Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II embodies all of the intense emotion a regatta arouses. By its impressive size, evocative power and sleek design, this unique regatta chronograph echoes directly the Maxi Yachts built to brave the oceans. The new version is the first Professional watch in the Oyster collection to be available in Everose Rolesor – an exclusive combination of the 904L steel superalloy and 18 ct Everose gold.




Sights on the horizon

Equipped with a programmable countdown with a mechanical memory, the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II is an innovative and pioneering watchmaking complication, based on interaction between the movement and the bezel. It allows the skipper to programme a regatta countdown sequence from 1 to 10 minutes. Once the countdown has been launched, the skipper can, if necessary, synchronize his chronograph to the official race countdown. Thanks to the Yacht-Master II, experienced sailors and yachting enthusiasts have at their disposal an efficient tool to assist in crossing the starting line at the very moment the horn sounds.




Regatta meets watchmaking technology

With its numerous innovative watchmaking features, the Yacht-Master II model, launched in 2007, is the epitome of the brand’s creative force and technology. Its functions depend on a major innovation: the exclusive Ring Command bezel, designed and developed by Rolex. Rotatable through 90° and interacting with the movement, it serves to initialize and then lock the countdown programming.



The model’s 4160 movement, entirely designed and developed by Rolex, is fitted with a Parachrom hairspring, 10 times more resistant to shocks and insensitive to magnetic fields. The countdown is operated by a column wheel and a vertical clutch. A number of microcomponents in this unique movement are produced by UV-LiGA – a new technology, entirely mastered in-house by Rolex, which enables the production of components whose fineness or geometry makes them impossible to manufacture by traditional means.



The Yacht-Master II’s case, stamped from a block of 904L steel extremely resistant to corrosion, offers all the qualities of waterproofness that have made the reputation of Oyster watches. Not least thanks to its Triplock winding crown, which screws down tightly against the case like the hatch of a submarine. The pink gold of the bezel and the bracelet’s centre links is 18 ct Everose gold, an exclusive alloy developed by Rolex and manufactured in its own foundry. The blue Cerachrom bezel insert, virtually impervious to scratches, corrosion-resistant and non-fading, is also patented and manufactured by Rolex.



The excellent legibility of the Yacht-Master II’s dial demonstrates the constant attention to functionality in the Oyster Professional collection. The red countdown minute and seconds hands are readable at a glance against the graduations on the dial or bezel.

The bracelet, in 904L steel and 18 ct EVEROSE, is fitted with an EASYLINK 5 mm comfort extension link and an Oysterlock clasp with a safety catch, two further Rolex innovations. The horn has sounded. The course is set. The Yacht-Master II forges ever forward, sailing towards new horizons.

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II

Ref.: (Case – Bracelet) : 116681 – 78211


Case:Type Oyster (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown)
Diameter:44 mm
Material:Everose Rolesor (combination of 904L stainless steel superalloy and 18 ct Everose gold), polished finish
Case back:Screw-down with Rolex fluting
Bezel:Bidirectional 90° rotatable Ring Command bezel in 18 ct Everose gold
Blue Cerachrom insert with engraved numerals filled with pink gold via magnetron cathode sputtering
Winding crown:18 ct Everose gold, screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system
Shoulders to protect the crown
Crystal:Scratch-resistant sapphire
Waterproofness:100 metres (330 feet)
Movement:Calibre 4160, Manufacture Rolex
Chronograph movement with column wheel and vertical clutch
Precision:Officially certified Swiss chronometer
Functions:Programmable regatta countdown with mechanical memory,
retrograde minute hand and on-the-fly synchronization of the countdown seconds and minute hand to the nearest minute
Small seconds hand at 6 o’clock
Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Oscillator:Frequency: 28,800 beats/hour (4 Hz)
Non-magnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
Breguet overcoil
Large balance wheel with variable inertia
High-precision regulating via four gold Microstella nuts
Traversing balance bridge
Jewelling:42 rubies
Winding:Bidirectional self-winding via PERPETUAL rotor on ball bearings
Power reserve:Approximately 72 hours
Dial:White lacquered, snailed pink gold small seconds counter Chromalight display with long-lasting luminescence
Hour:markers 12 appliques in pink gold
Hands:Pink gold, blued
Bracelet:Type Oyster, three-piece solid links
Material:Everose Rolesor (combination of 904L stainless steel superalloy and 18 ct Everose gold), polished centre links, satin-finished outer links with polished edges
Clasp:Oysterlock folding clasp with safety catch
Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link

Yacht-Master range

The Skipper's Watch



The Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II is the ultimate reference chosen by professionals who sail the world. And those whose passion for innovation knows no limits.



The Yacht-Master II, designed to meet the needs of professional sailors, is the world's first complication built with a patented programmable countdown and mechanical memory. This ensures perfect synchronisation with the start of any regatta.

The 44 mm Yacht-Master II, presented here in 18 ct yellow gold, features a bezel inlaid with a virtually scratch-resistant blue Cerachrom disc.


Regatta chronograph

An obsession with perfection




The Yacht-master II is the world's first regatta chronograph to offer a programmable countdown featuring a mechanical memory. Whether you are at the helm or observing from the dock of the yacht club, the Rolex Yacht-Master II is an indispensable tool that draws you into the race and enables you to propel yourself, with confidence and elegance, full force towards the finish line.


Yacht-Master II

44 mm, yellow gold




Yacht-Master II

44 mm, white gold




Yacht-Master

40 mm, Steel and platinum




Yacht-Master

35 mm, yellow gold




4150 Movement 4150

Unequalled, like every Rolex before it, the Yacht-Master II is a product of legendary crafstmanship. At its core lies the 4160 movement, the result of 35,000 development hours and 360 individual components. Technically brilliant, on or off the water, its signature complication is a programmable countdown with mechanical memory. With a column wheel that extends through the main plate, both sides of the movement are connected. This ingenious design enables the perfect synchronisation between the different elements of the countdown. The result? Racers can now set their watch to the exact regatta starting sequences.


The Triplock winding crown


To protect the movement from water and dust,
Rolex invented the Oyster case in 1926. And then, in 1954 created and patented the Triplock winding crown to ensure even greater protection. The Triplock consists of 10 different elements crafted from the most reliable materials. Once assembled, it screws down onto the Oyster case as tightly and securely as a submarine hatch.

Rolex gold


By operating its own exclusive foundry, Rolex has the unrivalled ability to create new and unique alloys, holding each to the very highest of standards. Rolex's goal: Absolute purity. Yacht-Master II's case, bracelet and components are painstakingly crafted for exceptional durability, colour and beauty. Rolex's commitment to excellence begins at the source.

The Ring Command bezel


Rolex achieved perfection when it turned its attention to redefining the purpose and functionnality of the bezel. Typically, a bezel operates independently from the internal mechanism, however, the Ring Command bezel in the Yacht-Master II regatta chronograph operates in conjunction with it. A mechanical component that is linked to the movement, the bezel literally acts as the key to the programmable countdown, allowing it to be set and synchronised to the sequence of race start times. Complex in design, but simple in use, it is functionally beautiful.

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