There are two brands which stand out as the darlings of the auction scene when it comes to Rolex Yacht-Master II replica watches, Patek Philippe and Rolex. No sale catalogue would seem complete without the mention of a rare Patek annual calendar or, in the specific case of Rolex, a scarce Daytona.it.
From time to time, I have met passionate Rolex collectors. They relentlessly pursue Submariners with different coloured dial text, such as “single reds” and “double reds” or expend much energy looking for rare references such as the Comex Submariner. This behaviour differentiates the true collector from the mere admirer. The Milgauss Submariner, with its central sweep seconds hand resembling a lightening bolt is, yet again, another coveted reference for the Rolex purist.
I am probably going to upset some of these collectors. I am not trying to cause offence, nor am I trying to be contentious. But, potentially, they may not like what I am now going to say.
I understand the appeal of these much sought after watches. The scarcity of some unusual models means you are unlikely to bump into another individual wearing one at the same party. This particular aspect will resonate with legions of ladies who have at some stage attended a social event only to see a fellow guest wearing the same outfit. For the fortunate few, couture provides the answer obviating the risk of a social faux pas and similarly, a rare vintage Rolex may well confer the same benef
However, I genuinely feel that the finest luxury fake Rolex Yacht-Master II watches in existence are those which only left the factory gates last week. That is not to say the former models were anything less than superb at the point of creation. Quite the contrary, they were incredible watches perfectly suited for professional use, but Rolex has always sought to enhance its models.
I now move to the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht Master II, originally launched in 2007. It may not be considered “new” in the traditional sense of the word but, relative to some models in the Rolex family, it is still a youngster. In 2013, the Genevan brand released a stainless steel version of the model, made in 904L grade steel, but I have chosen to focus upon the steel and “Everose gold” model.
I recently purchased my wife a new Oyster Datejust 36mm. There was nothing wrong with her former Oyster Lady-Datejust 26mm but, with the onset of middle-aged shortsightedness, the larger case diameter made more sense.
However, it is only when you contrast a recent Rolex with a former model that you notice the quiet evolution of the brand’s products. The bracelet has less sideways motion, the clasp is neater and, in my opinion, a great product has simply become better.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht Master II is, by the brand’s standards, a large watch with a case diameter of 44mm. The benefit of this scale is that it delivers a large dial canvas on which to display the various functions of the watch. Indeed, every element of the dial composition has room to breathe.
The bezel is turned counter-clockwise, through a 90° angle, with the number “10” on the bezel aligned with 5 o’clock. The push piece at 4 o’clock is then pressed in. The wearer then unscrews the screw-down crown and pulls it outwards to the first position. Thereafter, the triangular tipped countdown hand, outlined in red, can be adjusted to the desired countdown period.
The dial is white, providing peerless contrast with the rest of the dial composition. The blue hour and minute hands are faceted and include luminous material on the surfaces, termed “CHROMALIGHT”. Both hands are blued gold and interestingly the minute hand has an open-worked area, according a view of the dial surface beneath.
Rolex has comprehensively expended many hours on the creation of the Swiss replica Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht Master II and each element of the configuration is distilled to the highest order.