Rolex Yacht-Master 16628 'MoP Serti'Sold
Rolex Yacht-Master 16628 'MoP Serti'
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Who doesn’t dream about sipping champagne and slurping down oysters on a private yacht. Unfortunately, that’ll remain a mere fantasy for most of us. Thankfully, this full-gold Yacht-Master with a mesmerising mother of pearl dial with diamond and sapphire indices delivers the same experience at a fraction of the cost!We specialise 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 tool watches 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 centre links give it a luxurious twist.This 16628 sports an 18k yellow-gold case and Oyster bracelet with a matching engraved 18k yellow-gold rotating bezel. The uncommon mother of pearl dial features a beautiful lilac-grey tone interspersed with hints of green and contrasting red printed 'Yacht-Master' text.The lovely pearl dial is encrusted with beautiful round diamond-set hour markers interspersed with baguette-cut sapphire markers on the 6 and 9 positions as well as a triangular sapphire at 12. In Rolex parlance, such dials are referred to as ‘Serti dials'. Serti derives from the French sertissage, meaning gem-setting. So, technically, all Rolex watches with gem-set dials feature sertissage. However, among collectors, Serti refers specifically to Submariners, GMTs, and Yacht-Masters with factory-set diamond, ruby, and sapphire indices.This precious 16628 dates back to 2001 and is in great 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.
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