Rolex Yacht-Master 16628Sold
Rolex Yacht-Master 16628
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Raise your sails! Whether on or off shore, the Yacht-Master’s relaxed luxury is the perfect companion.
We specialize in the classic models that have shaped the Rolex brand over the time span of many decades. We’re talking about classic models such as the Datejust, Submariner, and Daytona that were introduced in the mid-20th century. In that sense, the Yacht-Master is a bit of an odd duckling. Introduced in the 1990s it’s a crossover model between the toolwatches of old and the shiny luxury sports watches that Rolex produces nowadays. It’s a thin line between cool and gaudy, but Rolex hit gold with the Yacht-Master.
We love the Yacht-Master because it’s basically a more playful Submariner. It comes in the same slim 40mm case and Oyster bracelet as a classic Submariner, but the polished lugs and center links, engraved bezel, and colorful dial options, give it a luxurious and more lighthearted twist.
This ref. 16628 sports an 18K yellow gold case and Oyster bracelet with a matching engraved 18K yellow-gold bezel. The crisp white dial features contrasting red printed “Yacht-Master” text and 18K yellow-gold hour marker surroundings with cool black tritium filling.
The watch dates back to 1994 and is in excellent condition, with a sharp case and tight bracelet.
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.