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New 2019 Watches

The Watch of the Open Seas


Rolex is extending its Yacht‑Master range with a new 42 mm model: the Oyster Perpetual Yacht‑Master 42.


On the Yacht-Master 42, the bidirectional rotatable bezel is fitted with a 60-minute graduated Cerachrom bezel insert in matt black ceramic.
Its raised graduations and numerals are first moulded into the ceramic and then polished.

New Yacht-Master 42 Ceramic

Chromalight display

Like all Rolex Professional watches, the Yacht‑Master 42 offers exceptional legibility in all circumstances, and especially in the dark, thanks to its Chromalight display. The broad hands and hour markers are filled with a luminescent material emitting a long-lasting glow.

Oysterflex Bracelet and Oysterlock Safety Clasp

The Yacht-Master 42 is fitted with an Oysterflex bracelet, which singularly combines the robustness and reliability of a metal bracelet with the flexibility, comfort and aesthetics of an elastomer strap.


The Yacht-Master 42 is equipped with calibre 3235, a new-generation movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex.

New Yacht-Master 42 Calibre 3235
  • Exceptional

    Rolex and yachting

  • Taking on the might of the oceans demands courage and an innate sense of adventure. Sailors must thoroughly prepare for all eventualities before they set off, for they know they will inevitably face bad weather, damage to their boat and any number of other incidents. Several have set sail wearing a Rolex wristwatch chronometer, including Sir Francis Chichester, Bernard Moitessier and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who are known for being the first yachtsmen to complete solo round-the-world voyages in under a year.

  • Sir Francis Chichester
    The first man to circumnavigate the globe from west to east single-handed will forever be a part of the history of yachting. This unassuming man, also an entrepreneur and an aviator, epitomized the spirit of sailing and adventure. He achieved his pioneering feat across the world’s oceans between 1966 and 1967, wearing an Oyster watch on his wrist.

  • The Oyster Perpetual worn by Sir Francis Chichester
    during his circumnavigation of the world, August 1966 – May 1967.
  • Drenched, scraped and tossed about like its wearer, his Rolex watch valiantly stood up to the stormy seas. “During my voyage around the world in Gipsy Moth IV, my Rolex watch was knocked off my wrist several times without being damaged,” he wrote in a letter to Rolex in 1968. “I cannot imagine a hardier timepiece. When using [it] for sextant work and working the foredeck, it was frequently banged, also doused by waves coming aboard; but it never seemed to mind all this.”