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How Many Rolex Yacht-Master Sizes Are There Now?

January 21, 2021

BY Paul Altieri

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The biggest news to come out of Rolex’s Baselworld booth in 2019 was the release of the Yacht-Master 42 ref. 226659, which overtook the Yacht-Master 40’s spot as the largest model in the collection. Although the Rolex Yacht-Master has only been around for about three decades, it has undergone the most size changes with a few new dimensions introduced and a couple of old ones discontinued.

In fact, the only model that has retained its original case size since the beginning is the standard 40mm Yacht-Master (known as the Yacht-Master 40). Given all the updates, a common question we come across is just how many Rolex Yacht-Master sizes are there? Well, keep on reading to find out.

The Rolex Yacht-Master

Rolex Yacht-Master Sizes

Yacht-Master Key Features:

Production Years: 1992 – Present

Materials: Yellow gold, stainless steel/platinum, stainless steel/yellow gold, Everose gold, or stainless steel/Everose Gold

Functionality: Time with running seconds, quickset date

Case Sizes: 42mm, 40mm, 37mm, 35mm (discontinued), 29mm (discontinued)

Dial: Mercedes-style hands, date window at 3 o’clock

Bezel: Precious metal or Cerachrom, raised 60-minute scale, bidirectional

Crystal: Sapphire with Cyclops lens

Water Resistance: 100 meters / 330 feet

Bracelet: Oyster or Oysterflex

Click here for our Ultimate Buying Guide on the Rolex Yacht-Master.

Rolex Yacht-Master

Rolex Yacht-Master Sizes Everose Oysterflex 116655

A History of Rolex Yacht-Master Sizes

Rolex introduced the Yacht-Master in 1992 as an ultra-luxurious sports watch ready for the open seas. While it was similar in style to the Submariner – complete with Mercedes-style hands, an Oyster bracelet, and a 60-minute rotating bezel – Rolex made the nautically-inspired Yacht-Master more opulent thanks to a full precious metal bezel (instead of an aluminum insert) and swapped out the 300-meter water resistance rating of the Submariner dive watch for a more standard 100 meters.

The very first Yacht-Master model was fashioned entirely in 18k yellow gold and featured a 40mm case. However, Rolex quickly expanded the collection to include other sizes. For instance, two smaller Yacht-Master watches joined the lineup in 1994: the ladies Yacht-Master with a 29mm case and the midsize Yacht-Master with a 35mm case. Furthermore, other metal options were soon on offer, including two-tone steel and yellow gold varieties, followed by a stainless steel edition with a solid 950 platinum bezel. In Rolex-speak, the yellow gold/steel version is dubbed Yellow Rolesor while the steel/platinum variant is called Rolesium.

In 2015, Rolex made a few key updates to the Yacht-Master collection. First of all, the Yacht-Master 29 and Yacht-Master 35 were both discontinued in favor of the Yacht-Master 37 with its larger 37mm case diameter. Second, Rolex dropped the yellow gold option and replaced it with an Everose gold version but paired with a black Cerachrom ceramic bezel and black rubber Oysterflex bracelet. The following year saw the debut of the two-tone steel/Everose Gold (a.k.a. Everose Rolesor) editions, which replaced the Yellow Rolesor models in the Rolex Yacht-Master lineup.

Finally, we reach 2019, with the launch of the Yacht-Master 42, which is not only the biggest model available but also the first to include an 18k white gold case. Similar to the Everose gold Yacht-Master, the white gold Yacht-Master is fitted with a black Cerachrom bezel and black Oysterflex bracelet.

Rolex Yacht-Master Sizes Rolesium 116622 Platinum Blue Dial

Current Yacht-Master Sizes

– Yacht-Master 42

– Yacht-Master 40

– Yacht-Master 37

Rolex currently makes three sizes of the Yacht-Master. There’s the new Yacht-Master 42, the Yacht-Master 40, and the Yacht-Master 37. While the largest model is exclusively offered in solid white gold, Rolex makes the two other sizes in Everose gold, two-tone Everose gold and stainless steel, and bi-metal platinum and stainless steel.

It’s worth mentioning that the Yacht-Master is the only current Rolex sports watch collection that offers a functional bezel on a case that’s smaller than 40mm. Consequently, the Yacht-Master 37 is a great option for someone with smaller wrists looking for a Rolex sports watch.

Discontinued Yacht-Master Sizes

– Yacht-Master 35

– Yacht-Master 29

After two decades of production, the 29mm ladies Yacht-Master and the 35mm midsize Yacht-Master were both discontinued in 2015. However, these two smaller Yacht-Master watches are still popular options on the pre-owned Rolex market.

Gold Rolex Yacht-Master Sizes His and Her

A Complete List of All Yacht-Master Sizes and References

In short, the Rolex Yacht-Master is available in five different sizes (including the discontinued variants): 42mm, 40mm, 37mm, 35mm, and 29mm. Below is a comprehensive list of Yacht-Master sizes and references.

Rolex Yacht-Master 42

Reference Production Years Case Bezel Bracelet Caliber
226659 2019 – Present White Gold Cerachrom Oysterflex 3235

Rolex Yacht-Master 40

Reference Production Years Case Bezel Bracelet Caliber
16628 1992 – 2011 Yellow Gold Yellow Gold Yellow Gold Oyster 3135
16622 1999 – 2012 Stainless Steel Platinum Stainless Steel Oyster 3135
116622 2012 – 2019 Stainless Steel Platinum Stainless Steel Oyster 3135
126622 2019 – Present Stainless Steel Platinum Stainless Steel Oyster 3235
16623 2005 – 2016 Stainless Steel Yellow Gold Stainless Steel/ Yellow Gold Oyster 3135
116655 2015 – 2019 Everose Gold Cerachrom Oysterflex 3135
126655 2019 – Present Everose Gold Cerachrom Oysterflex 3235
116621 2016 – 2019 Stainless Steel Everose Gold Stainless Steel/Everose Gold Oyster 3135
126621 2019 – Present Stainless Steel Everose Gold Stainless Steel/Everose Gold Oyster 3235

Rolex Yacht-Master Sizes Midsize Rolesor Two-Tone 168623

Rolex Yacht-Master 37

Reference Production Years Case Bezel Bracelet Caliber
268655 2015 – Present Everose Gold Cerachrom Oysterflex 2236
268622 2016 – Present Stainless Steel Platinum Stainless Steel Oyster 2236
268621 2016 – Present Stainless Steel Everose Gold Stainless Steel/Everose Gold Oyster 2236

Rolex Yacht-Master 35

Reference Production Years Case Bezel Bracelet Caliber
68628 1994 – 2000 Yellow Gold Yellow Gold Yellow Gold Oyster 2135
168628 2000 – 2015 Yellow Gold Yellow Gold Yellow Gold Oyster 2235
68623 1995 – 1999 Stainless Steel Yellow Gold Stainless Steel/Yellow Gold Oyster 2135
168623 1999 – 2015 Stainless Steel Yellow Gold Stainless Steel/Yellow Gold Oyster 2235
68622 1999 – 2012 Stainless Steel Platinum Stainless Steel Oyster 2135
168622 2012 – 2015 Stainless Steel Platinum Stainless Steel Oyster 2235

Rolex Yacht-Master 29

Reference Production Years Case Bezel Bracelet Caliber
69628 1994 – 2000 Yellow Gold Yellow Gold Yellow Gold Oyster 2135
169628 2000 – 2015 Yellow Gold Yellow Gold Yellow Gold Oyster 2235
69623 1995 – 1999 Stainless Steel Yellow Gold Stainless Steel/Yellow Gold Oyster 2135
169623 1999 – 2015 Stainless Steel Yellow Gold Stainless Steel/Yellow Gold Oyster 2235
69622 1999 – 2012 Stainless Steel Platinum Stainless Steel Oyster 2135
169622 2012 – 2015 Stainless Steel Platinum Stainless Steel Oyster 2235

Platinum Rolex Yacht-Master Sizes 116622 Rhodium

The Only Rolex Sports Watch Available in Multiple Sizes

Unlike other Rolex Professional watch collections, the Yacht-Master has always been varied in terms of sizes. In fact, the Yacht-Master is the only Rolex sports watch line that provides more than one size option at the same time. Pre-2015, it was 29mm, 35mm, and 40mm. Today, it’s 37mm, 40mm, and 42mm.

On the other hand, Rolex only ever offers the likes of the Submariner, Daytona, GMT-Master, and other sports models in one size. And if there is a size change (for instance when the Submariner grew to 41mm or the Explorer grew to 39mm or the Sea-Dweller grew to 43mm) then the previous size is discontinued.

The size variations, along with the wide range of metals, dials, and bezels to choose from, makes the Yacht-Master collection one of the most diverse models Rolex has ever made. This is particularly impressive when you consider that the Yacht-Master is less than three decades old.

Which one is your favorite Yacht-Master size? Leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.

Rolex Yacht-Master Sizes Everose Oysterflex 116655 Cerachrom Bezel

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