Rolex Yacht-Master 116655 'Pave'

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Blingy toolwatches don’t make any sense (not that we mind though...). Think about it, diamonds on a dive or pilot’s watch? You’d either scare off the fish or blind your co-pilot. But, diamonds on a yachting watch? Well, that’s like a match made in heaven.The reference 116655 is the most recent generation in Rolex’ luxurious sporty Yacht-Master line. The watch features a 40 mm case made from Rolex’ proprietary 18k pink-gold alloy called Everose. In fact, this is the very first time the Yacht-Master has ever been released in pink-gold. As a result, the watch takes on a warmer and more luxurious look than the average stainless steel sports model. More importantly, the case of the Yacht-Master is sleeker and features softer lines compared to, say, a Submariner or GMT-Master II. In other words, it is the perfect watch to take you from an afternoon on the water to a swanky dinner party.There are some other noticeable aspects to this Yacht-Master. For one, the bezel is quite different from other contemporary Rolex sports models. While it is crafted from the same high-tech Cerachrom material as the rest of the Rolex tool watch line-up, the Yacht-Master bezel is matted with raised high gloss markings. This is perfectly in line with the original design of the Yacht-Master from the 1990s, which featured a sandblasted platinum bezel with polished markings in relief. This small but important detail gives the 116655 a harmonious feel when combined with the superbly comfortable black rubber Oysterflex bracelet.The real standout on this watch, however, is the exquisite diamond paved dial. The 18k white-gold dial is hand carved and shaped by a Rolex gem setter for each individual diamond so that they are perfectly positioned horizontally and vertically but also perfectly aligned in height. Two cartouches with the Rolex signature and “Yacht-Master” text are placed at the 6 and 12 o’clock positions, while large 18k pink-gold hour markers with Chromalight luminous compound infuse some warmth into the otherwise icy dial.This beautiful reference 116655 Yacht-Master dates back to 2018 and comes as a full set with the original box and papers.

Introduction

Rolex Yacht-MasterRolex seems to have toyed with the idea of a nautical watch in the 1960s. A handful of prototype ‘Paul Newman’ style Cosmograph dials with printed “Yacht-Master” text have surfaced over the years, but a nautical Rolex chronograph never actually came to fruition.In 1992, Rolex introduced its first dedicated nautical watch under the Yacht-Master name. Unlike preceding sports watches (like the Submariner and Daytona), the Yacht-Master forewent the toolwatch aesthetics. To achieve a sporty luxurious look, the first Yacht-Master (ref. 16628) sported a gold Oyster case, with big markers and hands, more polished surfaces on the case and bracelet, and an engraved solid gold bezel. In 1994, Rolex introduced a midsize and a ladies version. Finally, Rolex added a stainless steel version with solid platinum bezel to the Yacht-Master line-up in 1997.

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