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New 2017 Rolex Watches

Yacht-Master II

Oyster Perpetual

New Rolex Yacht-Master II

R olex's unique regatta Chronograph features a new display

Rolex is introducing the new Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II, its unique regatta chronograph dedicated to both yachting enthusiasts and experienced sailors. The Yacht-Master II is equipped with a new dial, and new hands that are characteristic of Rolex Professional models, enhancing legibility and sharpening its aesthetic appeal.

The dial now features a triangular hour marker at 12 o’clock and a rectangular hour marker at 6 o’clock for more intuitive reading of the watch. A luminescent disc on the hour hand clearly distinguishes it from the minute hand. This configuration is available for all Yacht-Master II models in 904L steel, the Everose Rolesor version (combining 904L steel and 18 ct Everose gold), in 18 ct yellow gold and in 18 ct white gold. Like all Rolex watches, the new Yacht‑Master II carries the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015, which ensures singular performance on the wrist.

New Yacht-Master II Bezel

The countdown programming is accessed, and locked, via the rotatable Ring Command bezel

The Skipper's Watch

The Yacht-Master II, a Professional regatta watch created in 2007, features an exclusive function developed by Rolex: a programmable countdown with a mechanical memory that can be synchronized on the fly. A function that responds ideally to the need for precise timing during the crucial starting sequence of a regatta. Although technically complex, it is essentially very simple to use: the countdown programming is accessed, and locked, via the rotatable Ring Command bezel, an innovative interface between bezel and movement developed by Rolex.

The Yacht-Master II’s countdown can be programmed for a duration of between 1 and 10 minutes. The programming is memorized by the mechanism so that at a reset it returns to the previous setting. Once launched, the countdown can be synchronized on the fly to match the official race countdown.

The pusher at 4 o'clock synchronizes the countdown with the official timing

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about the Yacht-Master II

The screw-down winding crown is used to set the watch, and the countdown duration in conjunction with the Ring Command bezel

The pusher at 2 o’clock starts and stops the countdown

The Oyster Case,
Symbol of Waterproofness

The Yacht-Master II’s Oyster case, guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet), is a paragon of robustness. Its characteristically shaped middle case is crafted from a solid block of 18 ct gold or particularly corrosion-resistant 904L steel.

Its fluted case back is hermetically screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement. The winding crown is protected by a crown guard that is an integral part of the middle case. Fitted with the Triplock triple waterproofness system, the crown screws down securely against the case, providing watertight security akin to a submarine’s hatch. The crystal is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire. The waterproof Oyster case provides optimum protection for the Yacht-Master II’s high-precision movement.

Perpetual Calibre 4161

The Yacht-Master II is equipped with calibre 4161, a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Its architecture, manufacturing quality and innovative features make it singularly precise and reliable. This abundance of Rolex technology, the result of over 35,000 hours of development, includes a patented function and comprises some 360 components. Some of them are made by UV-LiGA, a micromanufacturing technology entirely mastered in-house by Rolex. This technology allows the production of components whose tiny proportions or complex geometry rule out manufacturing by traditional machining methods.

New Rolex Yacht-Master II: Calibre 4161
Calibre 4161, a high‑performance chronograph movement

Oscillator with Parachrom hairspring

Countdown rack

Reset heart

Calibre 4161, a high‑performance chronograph movement

Calibre 4161 was based on the Rolex 4130 chronograph movement, which equips the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona. It is fitted with a traversing column wheel and vertical clutch for an instantaneous chronograph start. The oscillator, the true heart of the watch, has a blue Parachrom hairspring, patented and manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive alloy. Insensitive to magnetic fields, the Parachrom hairspring offers great stability in the face of temperature variations and remains up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks. A Rolex overcoil ensures its regularity in any position. Calibre 4161 is equipped with a self-winding module via a Perpetual rotor and offers a power reserve of approximately 72 hours.

Solid-Link Bracelet and
Safety Clasp

The Yacht-Master II is fitted on a solid-link Oyster bracelet with an Oysterlock safety clasp that prevents accidental opening. The bracelet includes the ingenious Rolex-patented Easylink rapid extension system that allows the wearer to easily increase the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm, for additional comfort in any circumstance.

New Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II Watch

Superlative Chronometer

Like all Rolex watches, the Yacht-Master II is covered by the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015. This exclusive designation testifies that the watch has successfully undergone a series of tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria, which exceed watchmaking norms and standards.

2017 Yacht-Master II

The certification applies to the fully assembled watch, after casing the movement, guaranteeing superlative performance on the wrist in terms of precision, power reserve, waterproofness and self-winding. The precision of a Rolex Superlative Chronometer after casing is of the order of −2/+2 seconds per day, or more than twice that required of an official chronometer. The Superlative Chronometer status is symbolized by the green seal that comes with every Rolex watch and is coupled with an international five-year guarantee.

F or the Oyster Perpetual
Yacht-Master II, Rolex did nothing less than devise a unique new horological complication

For the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II, Rolex devised a new and unique horological complication: a programmable countdown with a mechanical memory and on-the-fly synchronization designed specifically for the start sequence of regattas. Imagining dedicated functions and an ergonomic design that would fulfil the timing needs of skippers, the brand created a new watch.

  • Ring Command bezel with Cerachrom insert
  • Triplock Winding Crown
  • Paramagnetic Parachrom hairspring
  • Oysterlock safety clasp

The Yacht-Master II User Guide

The unique interaction between the movement and the bezel allows the sophisticated functions of the countdown to be easily set and operated. Explore the functions of the Yacht-Master II in more detail with the step-by-step user guide below.

How to use the Yacht-Master II

How to use the
Yacht-Master II

1. Before a regatta

the countdown
before a race

Ensure that the countdown seconds hand is stopped. If not, stop it by pressing the upper pusher. Put the bezel in position II by turning it counterclockwise as far as it will go. This blocks the upper pusher.

the countdown
before a race

Press the lower pusher until it remains depressed. The countdown seconds hand returns to 12 o’clock. The countdown minutes hand comes back to the same minute programmed at the last setting.

the countdown
before a race

Unscrew the crown.
Set the countdown duration by turning the crown clockwise. The countdown minute hand jumps from minute to minute. Stop at the desired countdown duration (10 minutes in this case).

the countdown
before a race

Put the bezel in position I by turning it clockwise as far as it will go. This unlocks the upper pusher and releases the lower pusher.

the countdown
before a race

Push in and then screw down the crown.

The countdown
is now

2. During a Regatta

Start of
the official

A starting gun and a flag signal the start of the official regatta countdown.
Press the upper pusher to start the countdown. The countdown seconds hand starts instantly and indicates elapsed seconds. The countdown minute hand indicates the remaining minutes on the graduated 10 to 0 minute scale on the dial.

with the official

If required, at the preparatory signal, press the lower pusher at the sound of the gun to synchronize the countdown. The countdown seconds hand is reset on the fly and runs again instantaneously as soon as the pusher is released. The countdown minute hand is automatically synchronized to the nearest minute.


Another preparatory signal is given with a blast of a horn and the lowering of the flag hoisted at the second gun. Make sure that the Yacht-Master II’s countdown is properly synchronized with the official countdown. If required, synchronize the countdown a second time (previous step). The watch now indicates precisely to the second how much time remains before the start line can be crossed.


At the end of the countdown, the countdown minute hand stops at zero. The countdown seconds hand continues to run.
Press the upper pusher to stop the countdown seconds hand.
Press the lower pusher to reset the countdown. The countdown seconds hand returns to 12 o’clock. The countdown minute hand returns to the same minute programmed at the last setting (10 minutes in this case).

The Yacht-Master II
is ready to use

After every use, carefully screw the crown back down against the case to guarantee the waterproofness. The crown should never be unscrewed under water.

New Rolex Yacht-Master II Watch bezel
New Rolex Yacht-Master II

The New Yacht‑Master II


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