Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II Hands-On

THE LARGE ROLEX
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.

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.
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 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 uk replica watches.

Stars aligned and I ended up in a Rolexreplica watches
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 – but at the same time its functionality, layout, as well as its case and dial design are all refreshingly unique.
Rolex – but at the same time its functionality, layout, as well as its case and dial design are all refreshingly unique.

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.

We’ll look at how it all works soon but for a second imagine the amount of R&D time and effort that must have gone into designing what is now called the Manufacture Rolex  replica watches Calibre 4161 “with some 360 components.” What the heck, even Rolex appears to be proud of this movement as this, I believe, is the only movement they proactively communicate the exact component count of. It is known that the 4130 chronograph in the Daytona has 201 parts, but Rolex officially only ever said they managed to reduce the chronograph’s component count by 60%, without providing the total 201 count – and as far as the other movements are concerned, no exact component figure is ever shared.

without providing the total 201 count – and as far as the other movements are concerned, no exact component figure is ever shared.
without providing the total 201 count – and as far as the other movements are concerned, no exact component figure is ever shared.

Give or take the large watch trend, the Yacht-Master II is also something else: it’s Rolex’s love letter to one of its obscure, but long-standing passions, yachting. Worry not, I’ll spare you the long, teary-eyed story of all that’s exciting about yachting.

 Omega Seamaster Olympiske Lege Gold Collection Hands-On Hands-On Seamaster

Siden 1932 har Omega fungeret som officielle timekeeper for de olympiske lege en samlet total på 27 gange og forventes at fortsætte indtil mindst 2032 – mærker partnerskabet som 100 år gammel. Over de 27 gange har der været nogle smukt farverige designs, der har taget spor fra stopure med Seamaster Olympic Official Timekeeper,replica watches omega til forgrunden af ​​Copacabana Beach med Seamaster Diver 300M Rio 2016, til årets Seamaster Planet Ocean PyeongChang 2018, der tager farverne fra Sydkoreas flag. Det er overflødigt at sige, at fed og farverige modeller dominerer mange af de uk replica watches begrænsede udgaver, som Omega frigiver omkring de olympiske lege. Dressier end de subtile olympiske legetøj ser vi for nylig, omega seamaster olympiske lege guld samling ure kommer i gul guld, omega’s sedna (pink) guld og en helt ny “canopus” (vi vil komme til det senere) hvidguld til kanal Guld-, Sølv- og Bronze-medaljerne, som vindende olympere modtager på podiet.

 Omega Seamaster Olympiske Lege Gold Collection Hands-On Hands-On Seamaster
Omega Seamaster Olympiske Lege Gold Collection Hands-On Hands-On Seamaster

 

Den forældede, vintage-minimalistiske emaljehjul viser klog tilbageholdenhed fra Omega, der er tydeligt sikker på den interne METAS-certificerede bevægelse indenfor. Design, der ser tilbage i tiden med succes, mens man fejrer brandets tilknytning til OL? Kontrollere. En bevægelse, der formentlig er år forud for dem af sammenlignelige mærker? Kontrollere. Kan du lave en i stål?

Disse ure måler ind på 39,5mm (samme som de olympiske legetøj), der gør dem konservativt størrelse kjole ure. Den let kuplede æggeskal emalje skive med enkle guldindekser kanaliserer Seamasters af ’50’erne og’ 60’erne smukt. Omega har gjort et fantastisk stykke arbejde med at bringe et moderne liv i mange af deres vintagemodeller (1957 ‘Trilogi’ nogen?), Og mens der ikke er en direkte henvisning til en bestemt model med disse Seamasters, ser de olympiske guldsamlingsklokke ud de har gået lige ud af en James Dean film.

 

 Omega Seamaster Olympiske Lege Gold Collection Hands-On Hands-On Seamaster
Omega Seamaster Olympiske Lege Gold Collection Hands-On Hands-On Seamaster

 

På en mere lille note er det eneste, jeg måske har gjort uden, emaljesporet på indersiden af ​​indekserne. Jeg føler, at det bryder op urskiven og tager væk fra den samlede kontinuitet og enkelhed af uret. Jeg tror, ​​de ville have tjent meget bedre æstetisk omkring omkredsens omkreds, så de ikke slog det smukt færdige blad håndsæt – selvom jeg forstår, hvor det kunne hævdes, at det ville tage væk fra den kuplede urskive. Når man ser det, ser man på nogle vintage Omega Seamaster Olympics-annoncer (indsat over og i hele denne artikel), er det klart, at dette minutspor er solidt forankret i brandets specifikke historie med både dette ur og arrangement.

Håndsættet er den perfekte længde for uret og den samlede læsbarhed af uret. Tidshånden når næsten mikroskopisk slutningen af ​​indekserne, og minuthånden overlapper dem lige nok til at skabe et lille mellemrum mellem spidsen og kanten af ​​skiven, som jeg føler ville have gavn af minutsporet i stedet for det tomme mellemrum. Sekundshånden strækker sig et par millimeter længere end minuthånden og kommer lige til kanten af ​​skiven. Som latterligt som det kan synes at sidde på håndsættet, er det en af ​​de faktorer, der kan gøre eller bryde et simpelt trehånds ur for mange potentielle købere, der selv er inkluderet. Succumbing til et håndsæt, der er for langt eller for kortt (som jeg har set med en række Aqua Terra modeller) er let at gøre i dette segment, og jeg er altid imponeret over et velaffinet og velmålet kjole watch håndsæt.

 Omega Seamaster Olympiske Lege Gold Collection Hands-On Hands-On Seamaster
Omega Seamaster Olympiske Lege Gold Collection Hands-On Hands-On Seamaster

Fremtrædende på urskiven og trykt i emalje er Omega-logoet i rødt, som kun er blevet brugt på olympiske ure som lommeur. Jeg elsker at denne subtile, men straks klare nik er det eneste på skiven, der giver urets sande DNA væk. Som tidligere nævnt kommer sagen i tre guldlegeringer – Omega’s Sedna (lyserød) guld, gult guld og en ny Canopus Gold. Selve sagen er poleret og den lille løgekrone er en perfekt størrelse til samlingen. En af de fedeste funktioner (og desværre fik vi ikke se det) er Omeg