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August 21, 2011 / kevinhoa

The Rolex Yachtmaster II: The Regatta Chronograph

Rolex announced a new sports watch for yachtsmen: the Rolex Yacht-Master II at Basel World 2007. Rolex made some significant changes to the GMT Master movement between the original GMT Master, and the GMT Master II, the latter allowing the hour hand and the 24-hour hand to be set independently. Likewise, the Explorer II changed dramatically from the original Explorer, adopting the same movement as the GMT Master II which added a 24-hour hand and date.

The Oyster Perpetual Yachtmaster II Regatta Chronograph is the first match to have a programmable countdown feature with a mechanical memory allowing easy synchronization to a subsequent signal. The Yachtmaster II features a new movement called “4160 calibre” that consists on 360 components, produced and designed by Rolex.

According to its bezel, it features a Ring Command one designed and developed by Rolex. It is rotative 90 degrees that make it possible to access to the programming function of the countdown and the locking system of the program.

No stainless steel versions are available for the New Yachtmaster watches. It is only available is yellow and white gold.

Operation of Yacht-Master II is little complicated. You can check out theYacht-Master II home page on Rolex’s site, and the operational tutorial

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