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Rolex Yacht-Master 16628 'Tahitian MoP'
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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 mesmerizing mother of pearl dial delivers the same experience at a fraction of the cost!
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 give it a luxurious twist. This ref. 16628 sports an 18k yellow gold case and Oyster bracelet with a matching engraved 18k yellow-gold bezel. The uncommon ‘Tahitian’ mother of pearl dial features a beautiful lilac-grey tone interspersed with hints of green, contrasting red printed “Yacht-Master” text and 18k yellow-gold hour marker surroundings with white Super Luminova filling. The watch dates back to 2000, is in great condition and comes as a full set.
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.