Released in 1992 as Rolex’s first all-new watch since the Daytona in 1963, the Yacht-Master was Rolex’s solution to creating a luxury-orientated version of their tool-watch-specific Submariner collection. Inspired by the Submariner’s dive watch credentials, the Yacht-Master introduced some subtle design details that set it apart as a yachting watch with a sporty yet luxurious aesthetic. To achieve this, Rolex gave the Yacht-Master bigger hands, more prominent hour markers, smoother edges with finer beveling, and a solid bi-directional metal bezel with an engraved inlay that, while functional, provided a fashionable statement on the wrist as the bezel caught the light. In 2015 Rolex decided to update the Yacht-Master collection with one of Rolex’s largest deviations from their typically restrained aesthetic in a long time, with the ref. 116655. Not only was the ref. 116655 the first Yacht-Master to swap the collection’s precious metal bezel for a new matte black ceramic version, it was also the first Rolex to feature the brand’s innovative take on the humble rubber strap; the Oysterflex. Made of black rubber with a titanium core, the Oysterflex is not as it seems. While it wears and functions like a rubber strap thanks to its outer shell, it provides all of the safety that a bracelet would, thanks to the continuous strip of titanium that runs through it. With vents on the rear providing airflow to the wrist, the Oysterflex compounds upon the Yacht-Master’s tool watch credentials, but with its sleek black aesthetic, it builds upon the ref. 116655’s black dial and bezel combo creating a wonderfully stylish timepiece that is stunning on the wrist as it contrasts its elegant 18kt rose gold construction.
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Est. value range
$15,000 – $25,000
Watch is in like new condition with full stickers still affixed. Please note, the auction is for the watch only, and it does not come with guarantee card or box.
Only relatively new to Rolex's lineup, the ceramic bezel Yacht-Master has enabled men and women to wear a precious metal timepiece that continues to offer robust capabilities while still looking beautiful at the same time.