Rolex Yacht-Master II116689

Rolex Yacht-Master II 116689

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There is perhaps no greater odd, colorful or niche tool watch than the regatta timer and without question the Rolex Yacht-Master II is the peerless leader of that fearless group. Lots of brands - Audemars Piguet, Heuer, Bremont, Louis Vuitton, Omega, Panerai, Girard-Perregaux, Bulgari, and Ulysses Nardin to name a handful - have presented this complication but Rolex bests all challengers in straightforward, legible aesthetics, ease of use and outright cache. The Yacht-Master II line came to being in 2007 with two pieces: one in yellow gold and this solid white gold ref. 116689. With its solid platinum relief bezel, 44mm white gold case, matching Oyster bracelet with polished center links, Triplock crown and Rolex automatic in-house caliber it was like nothing anyone had ever seen. The white lacquer dial - with its white gold pencil hands and white gold snailed sub dial - is almost entirely spoken for by the semi-circular countdown ring, which gives little question as to the purpose of this watch - to help skippers determine when to cross the starting line in a regatta. Typically from the first gun (or horn) to the start of the race it's a five minute countdown but ten minutes isn't uncommon, hence the 10-minute scale. Operating the chronograph couldn't be easier via a combination of the Ring Command bezel and the winding crown. Simply turn the bezel one click to the left, unscrew and pull out the crown, set the arrow-tipped, red regatta timer hand to the desired time, return the bezel one click to the right, screw in the crown and...regatta. Incidentally, if Ring Command sounds familiar that's because it's the same patented technology used on the Rolex Sky-Dweller, which is another fabulous, niche watch that pulls no aesthetic punches. In steel the Yacht-Master II is a bold watch, but in white gold and platinum the 116689 is a knockout that stands alone in its ability to start conversations. There are a lot of Rolexs to buy at this price but perhaps none more interesting. You owe this to yourself.