The Rolex Yacht-Master was one of the few models that haven’t got any upgrade in awhile. Comparatively, the other collections like The Submariner, Rolex Milgauss, Daytona, as well as Explorer 2 had received some updates or major facelift. Rolex finally releases the Rolex Yacht Master 116655 in Everose gold with its new Oysterflex bracelet in 2015 Baselworld.
The two major changes are in the 18ct Everose Gold case and the Oysterflex bracelet. The Everose Yacht Master is also offered in two variations, reference 116655 at 40mm and reference 268655 at 37mm. The later (smaller version) version is aimed primarily at ladies who have smaller wrists.
Rolex Yacht Master 116655 in Everose Gold and its’ Oysterflex Bracelet
As many Rolex fans may know, the Yachtmaster series was never meant to be a real tool (unlike the Submariner & the Yachtmaster II). This is because the proposition of the Yacht-Master is very specialised. It is made more for Yacht owners who doesn’t necessarily need the watch as a tool. These are the target audience that find Submariner a little too functional, the Datejust not robust enough, and Cellini a little too dressy.
As a result, the Rolex Yacht Master has been stuck between the two worlds of form and function; Rolex 116655 is set to change this.
The use of 18 carat Everose gold for the case as well as the Cerachrom insert in black ceramic is the first for Yacht-Master. Though the black dial is something we are not used to seeing, but it gives the watch a little mysterious feel. Other than that it is a standard Oyster case with a depth rating of 100 meters.
Yacht Master 116655 Oysterflex Bracelet
This is where it gets interesting, this is the first time Rolex comes with a rubber strap. As can be seen, the black Oysterflex bracelet is made in a very flexible and soft rubber. The two soft rubber bands on the inneral part of the strip gives additional comfort to the wrist. As a result, making the Rolex Yacht Master 116655 a real pleasure on the wrist.
Overall, the black accents and the Everose gold give a subtle, but bold statement. The price of this Rolex Yacht Master 116655 is around USD$25,000.
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