The popularity of sailing sport is growing rapidly. And this is not surprising, as it perfectly matches the spirit of the time, combining style and drive, high class and the spirit of freedom. Yachts are the entertainment for those who are willing to devote time and effort to their leisure. It doesn’t tolerate vanity and superficiality. And for participating in regattas not only courage, but also thorough preparation is needed. And nothing gives such a big confidence and inspiration to victory, but a good yacht and Swiss watch for yachtsmen RolexYacht-Master II.Rolex Yacht-Master II in a box

Rolex has gained the status of the brand for the strongest and the watches of this brand are the inseparable attribute for those who are ready to conquer new horizons. Thus the RolexOyster model has become the world's first waterproof watch for explorers of depths. RolexDaytona is the best choice for racers, high speeds champions. In 1992 the RolexOysterProfessionalYacht-Master was presented. The model got high appreciation among yacht owners who spend some part of their time at sea. And in 2007 the Rolex Yacht-MasterII was presented. It became the model watch for yachtsmen participating in sailing regattas.

"Reliability" is the second name of Rolex, and the company values its good name. Therefore, the company spent about ten years to create and test innovative complications of the RolexYacht-MasterII. The watch is designed according to the needs of professional sailors. It is worth mentioning that Rolex cooperates with them: since 1980, the company holds an annual regatta MaxiYachtRolexCup, which is one of the most important events in the world of regattas. Rolex is also the main sponsor and official timekeeper of the regatta.

So, innovations. Yacht chronograph RolexYacht-MasterII is equipped with the first programmable timer in the world which is synchronized with the pre-race counting. The minutes before start are especially important and often decisive in the race. During this time the captain and the team must occupy a favourable position to start without going over the line and not touching the yachts of rivals, otherwise serious fines are provided. All the actions must be accurately planned and laid in the allotted pre-start time. This is why countdown timer is needed, it turns the mechanical watch into a yacht navigation device.

Rolex Yacht-Master II Steel Unboxing

Rolex Yacht-Master II Unboxed

The RolexYacht-MasterII chronometer allows you to set a countdown from 1 minute to 10 minutes. Other models of watches for yachtsmen also have similar timers: Panerai Luminor, Bvlgari, Hublot, Omega, Louis Vuitton, Girard-Perregaux. In these models the countdown is set to 5 or 10 minutes. The RolexYacht-MasterII chronometer allows you to set the time more flexible and it is often necessary to synchronize the watch with pre-race counting accurately.

Rolex Yacht-Master II MovementTo set the time of count-down a bezel is used. It rotates in both directions and has received the special name Ring Command. Unlike common bezels, the Ring Command is a full - fledged part of the movement. To synchronize the timer with the countdown two buttons are used: "Start/Stop" in a position of "2" and "Reset" in a position of "4". The synchronization is carried out during the countdown and is necessary to adjust precisely the watch counting to the official countdown. The official countdown is accompanied by signal flags and multiple audio signals.

For example, pre-start countdown takes 5 minutes. Turning the bezel to 90 degrees, the wearer activates the timer setting mode, sets timer in the "5 minutes" position using the winding crown, and then returns the bezel to its initial position. To start the timer, the wearer presses the "Start" button simultaneously with the first signal of the official countdown. The countdown is started. Let’s also concede that the owner of the watch was late and turned on the timer with a delay of 20 seconds. During the second signal he presses the button "Reset", and thus a 20-second difference is eliminated. Now the watch is fully synchronized with the official time. After brief pressing of the button "Reset" second hand of the chronometer goes to the position of “12” and the minute hand is set on the next minute.

The RolexYacht-MasterII design is developing all best from Oyster and Daytona lines, making classics up-to-date. The watch is equipped with winding crown Triplock, developed in 1970 for watches for divers. It is tightly screwed to the case of the Oyster and seals it. The crown of this system is also applied in the model for divers Rolex Deepsea, which endures immersion to a depth of 3900 meters. RolexYacht-MasterII is not for divers, but the model is waterproof in a depth up to 100 meters. The winding crown and control buttons of the chronograph are protected from shocks by the Crown Guard system; these are special lugs on the end of the case.

The bracelet is also traditional for the Oyster collection: it consists of three rows of wide and flat metal links. It also has a patented Oysterlock clasp and Easylink system that allows easy adjusting the length of the bracelet. The Ring Command bezel is made from 18-carat gold with ceramic disk. The case, depending on the reference, can be made of the 904L steel and Everose gold, yellow gold and white gold.

Yacht Master II clock dial

Rolex Yacht-Master II Steel Dial  

Inside the watch there is a new manufacture caliber 4160 with a frequency of 28,000 vibrations per hour. It is made of 360 components, including 42 stones. Blue spiral Parachrom with Bregeut curve makes the watch impervious to vibration, shocks and magnetic fields. The power reserve is 72 hours. The watch is equipped with automatic winding.