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Watch of the Week: The Rolesium Yacht-Master 116622

May 14, 2018

BY Paul Altieri

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With its debut just two years ago at Baselworld 2016, the Yacht-Master ref. 116622 has quickly established itself as a coveted Rolex luxury watch. Part sporty part precious, this modern Rolesium Yacht-Master 40 plays up both sides beautifully. Let’s explore all the glorious details.

The Rolesium Yacht-Master 40 is equal parts sporty and refined

The Rolesium Yacht-Master 40 is equal parts sporty and refined

The Rolesium Yacht-Master 40

Whereas Rolesor refers to Rolex combining steel and gold on a two-tone watch, Rolesium is when rugged stainless steel and ultra-precious platinum meet on a Rolex watch. The Rolex ref. 116622 is indeed a Rolesium Yacht-Master model where the 40mm Oyster case and sporty Oyster bracelet are crafted in stainless steel while the bezel is made from platinum.

Although steel and platinum are both white metals—thus lend a monochromatic look to the watch—the Yacht-Master offers great contrasting textures. From the opposing high-polished raised numerals on the bezel set against a sandblasted background to the polished center links on the bracelet flanked by the brushed-finish outer links, the Yacht-Master ref. 116622 is always interesting to look at.  

In terms of dial options, there’s the dark rhodium dial accented with a turquoise seconds hand and the turquoise YACHT-MASTER text or the blue dial with red accents. There’s plenty of lume on the Rolesium Yacht-Master for ideal legibility in low light and of course, the signature date window at 3 o’clock along with the Cyclops magnification lens on the sapphire crystal.  

The Yacht-Master’s Caliber 3135

Often dubbed as Rolex’s workhorse, the Caliber 3135 has been an important movement for the company since 1988. This particular automatic movement powers many of Rolex’s timepieces including the Rolesium Yacht-Master ref. 116622.

The rolex 3135 movement is one of Rolex's crowning acheivements

The Yacht-Master’s Caliber 3135 is one of Rolex’s crowning acheivements

The Caliber 3135 provides a power reserve of around 48 hours and as of 2015—a year before the launch of the Yacht-Master ref. 116622—Rolex redefined their “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” designation to guarantee an impressive accuracy rating of -2/+2 seconds per day. The self-winding caliber also boasts the paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring for improved resistance to magnetic fields and daily knocks.

Naturally, as one of Rolex’s newer models, the Rolesium Yacht-Master 116622 includes the quickset date function where the date window is adjusted independently from the center timekeeping hands, in addition to the hacking feature where the seconds hands stops when the crown is pulled out for precise time-setting.

Finally, as its name suggests, the Yacht-Master 40 is perfectly suited for a marine lifestyle thanks in part to its 100-meter (330 feet) water resistance. To keep the water and dust out, there’s the Triplock screw-down winding crown and the fluted caseback.

A wonderful addition to the Rolex catalog, the Rolesium Yacht-Master 40 is casually elegant, yet practical and durable. Just the thing to wear while sailing the seas.

What do you think about the The Rolesium Yacht-Master 40? Do you like Rolesium Rolex watches? Share your opinions with us in the comment section below.

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