Rolex Watches Yachtmaster Price
I have read different stories about the (relative new) history on the Rolex Yacht-Master models. So, what else can I do on this wednesday evening and sort it out :). If I do a Google-search on “Rolex Yacht-Master history” I get a few hits, but the information in there talks about the introduction of the steel/platinum (Rolex calls this combination Rolesium) version in 1997. That can’t be right, since the introduction was during the Basel fair in 1999. Lucky me, I have this Mondani book called ’100 years of Rolex’, which is a must-have for Rolex aficionados anyway, and all the Yacht-Master information can be found in there. As I am sure not everyone is eager (or able) to pay 275 euro for a book, I will quote some of it here.
The introduction of the Yacht-Master ref.16628 was in 1992, a full 18kt gold wrist watch [with white dial] with Rolex caliber 3135 movement, as used in the Submariner and Sea-Dweller for example. Although the watch is fitted with a triplock crown, it is only water resistant till 100 meters (10 bar). Anyone who is going to use a gold watch for diving, is a nut imho.
In 1994, Rolex introduces a few smaller editions [ref. 68628 = 35mm and ref. 69628 = 29mm] of this watch. For guys with small wrists or ladies, at least that’s what I think was the idea. Also in gold, and available with white and blue dial. Therefor, the larger 40mm gent’s version is sometimes being referred to as Yacht-Master Jumbo. The smaller Yacht-Master watches have Rolex caliber 2135 ticking inside.
The next pit-stop was in 1999, Rolex introduces a steel/platinum (Rolesium) version of their Yacht-Master series during Basel in 1999. The 40mm version is referred to as 16622 and Rolex immediately introduces the intermediate (ref. 168622 = 35mm) and lady’s (ref.169622 = 29mm) versions as well. The watch becomes an instant success, and the crazyness we have seen with the Daytona, also happens to the Yacht-Master. Waiting lists of years and only seen on the wrists of famous people (who are always able to get cool stuff first :. I remember the wanted-list in the German watch magazines I read back then, they always included Yacht-Masters for high prices.