This year for Basel 2013, Rolex decided to complete their well received Yacht-Master II collection by making it available in stainless steel.
When the Yacht-Master II was released more than 5 years ago, this was only available in white gold and yellow gold. This was the first time that the patented Rolex Ring Command system was introduced where all the main functions of the watch are operated through the bezel. Today, we have four variations of this watch available in 18 k white gold, 18 k yellow gold, stainless steel and 18k yellow gold and as of last week at Basel 2013, stainless steel.
Out of all the models up until now, the white gold model has been the one that collectors and enthusiasts have gravitated towards because of its neutrality and versatility and because it’s not as flashy as the 18k yellow gold model. The problem with the white gold model is the weight of the watch being very heavy as is all 18k white gold as well as the price at almost $50,000. Now, I am not saying there is not a market for it amongst the wealthy and elite who have money to burn, but the new stainless steel model is definitely going to give this watch a serious run for its money.
I can only presume, that since the Rolex Steel and Gold model retails for $25,000, the new Stainless Steel version will retail for between $15,000-$20,000 which will be less than half the price of the white gold model. Besides the obvious difference in metals, both the stainless steel and white gold Rolex Yacht-Master II models are almost identical. The only distinguishing feature is that the new stainless steel version has a blue ceramic bezel and the 18 k white gold Yacht-Master II has an engraved brushed platinum bezel.
To be completely honest, from a practicality, legibility and durability standpoint, the new stainless steel Rolex Yacht-Master II is much easier to read because of the contrasting blue ceramic bezel. Even though the Platinum ring command bezel on the white gold model is a very hard and superior material it can scratch. The watch functionality is exactly the same as well as the brushed and polished oyster bracelet.
For the same money as the white gold Rolex Yacht-Master II model, you could absolutely own the new stainless steel Rolex Yacht-Master II version and possibly two more additional Rolex Watches.
The new stainless steel Rolex Yacht-Master II is sure to be a winner because of it’s finishing, execution and price point which leads me to believe that it will definitely effect and cut in to the sales of the 18 k white gold Rolex Yacht-Master II.
Technical Specs for the Stainless Steel Rolex Yacht-Master II ref#116680
The waiting is finally over, the most anticipated watch in the world gets released at Basel 2013. Yes, the new Rolex Daytona gets revealed and it is absolutely stunning. The only problem for me is that it’s Platinum which means it will be way out of my league in pricing.
I totally respect that Rolex wanted to do something special to honor this iconic legendary watch, but at the same time making it more in the $10,000-20,000 range would have been so much better for me and even that would be stretch. At the same time, Rolex is absolutely smart because the message is very clear that if you really want this watch you have to be in an elite exclusive circle to be able to attain one.
Lets get to the watch. This watch is solid Platinum with a brand new Rolex hazel brown ceramic bezel, with an ice blue dial and chestnut brown lacquer counters for the subdials. When you think individually about each color and the pairing choices they made for this watch, one may think, WTF? Actually, the pairing of all these colors is genius and still incorporates Rolex DNA to the end. Ice Blue is a dial option available on the Platinum Day/Date. This bold move makes this Rolex Daytona distinctive from any other Daytona being produced today. Then as we get to the ceramic bezel and subdials, which are chestnut brown in color, certainly an unusual choice but the contrast between the ice blue dial makes it very easy to read and very easy on the eyes to look at. This is historic for Rolex because it’s the first time in 50 years they have executed a Daytona in Platinum.
The watch is equipped with a very technical but simple Rolex 4130 Calibre movement. This is a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement entirely designed and manufactured by Rolex. The construction of this movement calls for far fewer parts than a standard chronograph, which as a result totally enhances the movements performance and reliability.
Finally, the Rolex Daytona is fitted with a solid Platinum link bracelet and safety clasp. This oysterlock folding clasp prevents accidental opening and the Easylink comfort extension link, also a Rolex exclusive. This functional and genious system allows the wearer to increase the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm, providing additional comfort under any circumstance.
Technical specs for the Rolex Platinum Daytona ref# 116506
Historically speaking, the Rolex GMT-Master II has always been available in three bezel configurations: black on black, black and red, and red and blue. Today, Rolex introduced the newest member to the GMT -Master II family, the black and blue bezel. In 2007, Rolex re-designed the GMT-Master II with a new movement, case, dial, bracelet and new ceramic bezel.
Like anything new Rolex does, it first takes my eyes time to adjust and then I just stare at it like a pervert for a while until I like or dislike it. The new stainless steel Rolex GMT-Master II with black and blue ceramic bezel is definitely appreciated and welcome. Even though my heart immediately desires a black and red or blue and red ceramic bezel this new addition feeds my GMT addiction just fine for now. The black and blue bezel signifies day/night for functional visibility.
I know right now most collectors are like what is this watch? Trust me this is good, because they will have to have it once Rolex delivers the watch to their boutiques and authorized retailers next year.
Like the current GMT-Master II with black on black ceramic bezel, which has been a smash success across the globe, the new Rolex GMT-Master II with black and blue bezel will eventually become the same. The properties of the watch are almost exactly the same as the current one, except for the new bi -color ceramic bezel and the GMT second time zone hand is blue for contrast and visibility matching the blue in the bezel. In fact, this new GMT-Master II gives me hope that the other two colors of black and red and blue and red will be available sooner than we think. The rumor going around was that Rolex was having technical difficulties with executing bi-color bezels in ceramic because of the color separation, but this new watch puts those rumors to rest. Rolex doesn’t bring anything into the market unless it’s perfectly finished.
Technical Specs for the new Rolex GMT-Master II Black and Blue ceramic Bezel