There are many conflicting stories about the history of the Rolex Yacht-Master models. I tried to investigate the information I got by doing a quick search on Google by typing Rolex Yacht-Master history but it wasn’t really helpful. So instead of browsing several websites, I did my own research and found some very informative books about Rolex watches.
The Submariner and Sea-Dweller were designed to be tool watches but they wanted the Yacht-Master to epitomize pure luxury.
But it was not until 2005 when the company introduced the Yacht-Master Rolesor which was Rolex’s name for the combination of gold and steel. The full size versions had reference 16623 and had few dial combinations – mother of pearl, white, champagne, blue and brown and silver.
Yacht-Master‘s new Oysterflex strap developed and patented by Rolex, is an alternative metal band sporty design, the rugged and reliable waterproof performance less favorably than the former. The flexible strap beautiful and comfortable to wear, like a rubber strap, but its durability may be comparable to the metal strap. Strap connected by elastic titanium nickel alloy plate to the case and Oyster insurance deduction. High performance black rubber-coated metal sheet will, under various environmental conditions are not susceptible, durable apart, wear is also very strong.
You can get a used Yachtmaster ref 16622 and ref 16623 for around 4500-5000 euros and they’re in great condition. I got my 16622 with papers and receipt in 2007 for a really good price and wore it almost everyday. Its flat belly and bend lugs makes it an excellent everyday watch.