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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42 226659 Watch New For BaselWorld 2019

At the 2019 Basel International Watch and Jewelry Show, replica Rolex watches launched the new reference 226659 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42, which is currently only available in 18ct white gold. This is all technical specifications as well as price and quick analysis, and then we will conduct hands-on practice at the 2019 Basel International Watch and Jewelry Show.

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Rolex is known for its rapid and crazy response to the trend of luxury watch taste development. The trend of large watches has been around for almost two decades, but Rolex has been spending time in introducing larger variants of its beloved basic models. 2017 witnessed the release of the 43-mm-wide Sea-Dweller, which is now accompanied by this 2019 new 226659 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42 adding a distance of 2 mm to the yacht master.


Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42 226659 Watches

We decided on the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42, but the larger case now encapsulates the new-generation Rolex 3255 movement. This is the latest development of a Rolex movement, which started before the Day-Date in the 1940s and has since reached the selected model in the selected collection. The new movement provides a longer service period (I heard that Rolex’s AD first movement service price is 10 years), and the power reserve has been extended from 48 hours to about 3 days or 72 hours. The new movement also has a more efficient train architecture, matching the Chronergy escapement, which can further optimize energy efficiency.


Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42 226659 Watches

The bezel also seems to use a novel process: on the Yacht-Master 42, the two-way rotatable bezel is equipped with a 60-minute graduated Cerachrom bezel insert, which is now made of matte black ceramic. In addition, the raised scales and numbers are first molded into the ceramic, and then polished to make these scales become small islands floating in the ceramic.

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II

For the longest time, and I’ll take the blame for this, I couldn’t see the Yacht-Master II as nothing more than The Large Rolex. The 44mm wide Yacht-Master II was the go-to large Rolex, with a massive gap in size between it and the 40mm Sea-Dwellers, Submariners, and others. Debuted in 2007, the Yacht-Master II was followed just next year by the absolutely massive Deepsea that had the same width at 44mm but was considerably thicker, so it both appeared and wore much, much larger than the YMII, placing it far off the map for most replica rolex watches .

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II

The Sky-Dweller made its debut in 2012, and while it also looks and wears large, until 2017 it was exclusively available in solid gold cases, rendering it about 40% more expensive than the two-tone YMII that had already been available by 2012. I did look these things up – wouldn’t want to pose as someone who remembers all this. No wonder then, that the Yacht-Master II became The Large Rolex worn by premiership ballerinas footballers, celebrities, and… basically everyone who wanted in on the large watch craze with a Rolex, but didn’t like or couldn’t afford the Sky-Dweller. The fact that Rolex took so long and only debuted the larger, 43mm wide Sea-Dweller in 2017 is just Rolex being its usual cautious self that caused it to nearly miss the boat on the large watch trend – but that’s for another discussion replica watches uk.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II

Stars aligned and I ended up in a Rolex boutique with a camera in one hand and the Yacht-Master II in the other – welcome to watch blogger life. It was only there that I realized I should have cared about the Yacht-Master II because my goodness, it is a truly impressive piece of watchmaking. It’s the Bentley of watches: big, brash, and showy, bought by a demographic that people not part of are keen not to be associated with… But beyond all that lies a deeply impressive, well-made, uniquely cool product.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II

I am realizing now that it might as well just be my boredom with the Submariners and Datejusts speaking, but as I was reviewing my images on the spot on the camera’s screen (not even a larger, better display) I realized the many intricate and well-made details of the Yacht-Master II. It’s proper Rolex through and through – you’d never ever mistake the entire watch or any of its details for anything but a Rolex – but at the same time its functionality, layout, as well as its case and dial design are all refreshingly unique.

Yes, that’s what got me. The weird, piston-style pushers (that need not be screwed down), the weird, but strangely beautiful proportions of the lugs and bezel, the incredible quality of the blue ceramic bezel and its laser-etched, PVD-coated numerals, the weird arch of the dial that resembles (in my mind at least) a gauge of a submarine, and the ADD-curing tactile feel of the Ring Command bezel. These make the Yacht-Master II not only unlike any other Rolex, but unlike any other watch. How did this happen?

Whether or not Rolex had the large watch trend on its mind when designing the Yacht-Master II, we’ll never know. I have no hopes in receiving a definitive “yes, we did” or “no, we didn’t” answer from them. The Yacht-Master II was designed with a programmable fly-back regatta chronograph (ooooh, just writing that down felt strangely satisfying) and it was also the watch to debut Rolex’s Ring Command rotating bezel system that was later also used in the Sky-Dweller.

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Rolex Sky-Dweller Watch Reviews


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When Rolex initially debuted the Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller watch collection at Baselworld 2012, the watch world acted predictably.


The Rolex Sky-Dweller watches introduced a brand new movement, which happens to be the most complicated movement that Rolex produces. This annual calendar GMT is their “grand complication” and is assembled by a dedicated team among the larger Rolex watchmaker staff. The movement is a beautiful thing in operation and concept, but we will get to that more later Replica Rolex Watch .
What also set the Sky-Dweller apart from most other Rolex watches was the size. Even though the case design continues to be the Rolex Oyster that we know and love, Rolex produced it in a 42mm wide case, making it the largest “dressy” timepiece produced by the brand. Also predictable at the time of release was that that Sky-Dweller would be very expensive. Rolex tends to debut new models and movements in all-gold cases, only to release the watch in a two-tone or all-steel variety later. As such, Rolex didn’t debut a Rolesor (steel and gold) version of the Sky-Dweller until 2017. There are no all-steel models because Rolex’s signature fluted bezel is made in gold. However, the most “accessible” version of the Sky-Dweller comes with an all-steel bracelet and case with just the bezel in 18k white gold.


There are no all-steel models because Rolex’s signature fluted bezel is made in gold. However, the most “accessible” version of the Sky-Dweller comes with an all-steel bracelet and case with just the bezel in 18k white gold.

The purpose of the Sky-Dweller was to introduce a timepiece for the modern jet-setter who uses his watch both for utility and as a status item. Rolex listened to the desires of many people to produce a larger, everyday non-sports watch and also understood that something many of its customers have in common is travel. The in-house made caliber 9001 automatic movement offers the wearer a different GMT time read-out as compared to Rolex’s other GMT-hand equipped watches, and introduced one of the best annual calendar systems on the market. Annual calendars tend to be considered an ideal combination of complexity and practicality in the context of a mechanical calendar – especially when considering how today’s mechanical watch wearers rely on their watches and often wear multiple watches. Perpetual calendars are indeed more complex, but for many people they simply aren’t practical when you consider that today’s luxury watch lovers tend to wear more than one watch in rotation.


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What everyone loved about the Sky-Dweller when it first came out is still one of its best and most innovative features – that being the annual calendar display. Rolex’s goal was to keep the dial as clean and legible as possible – so adding yet another dial or window to indicate the month in addition to the date wasn’t ideal. More so, the month indicator isn’t something you tend to look at constantly, so having it in front of your face all the time doesn’t seem necessary. The result was using a place near the hour markers to indicate the current month. This is based on the idea that there are 12 hours as well as 12 months. When the window next to 1 o’clock on the dial goes from white to red, that means the current month is January. When the marker next to 2 o’clock is red, it is February, and so forth. Despite the logic of this simple system, people (not familiar with the watch) still need to be educated on what the dial is showing. I consider the Sky-Dweller to be a “stealth” annual calendar watch – and I’ve been very happy living with it.