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TWO OF THE RAREST WATCHES IN THE WORLD
In the early 1990's Rolex introduced a completely new watch to its collection -- Rolex Yacht-Master. The Yacht-Master was based largely on the Submariner design and used a Submariner movement but was not meant as a diving watch. Yacht-Master was intended to be on the luxury end of the tool watch scale where the Submariner is the epitome of the tool watch world. Rolex conceptualized the Yacht- Master in the mid 1960's and produced two known prototypes that were reminiscent of the Rolex Daytona. The two prototypes are considered priceless and according to some sources, one belong to Eric Clapton and another belongs to an Italian Rolex collector.
THE WATCH THAT TOOK DECADES TO DEVELOP
It took a very long time for Rolex to finally settle on the look and feel of the Yacht-Master before its final release in the 90's. The original Yacht-Master was introduced with a white dial, 40mm case, 18kt white or yellow gold Ref.16628 and 16629. The movement, markers, hands, and bezel were all reminiscent of the Submariner look, however the watch was only waterproof to 100m, placing this watch into a "luxury" line of watches. In 1994 Rolex released a 35mm, "mid-sized" version of the watch Ref. 168628 to accommodate a smaller wrist. In the late 1990's the watch became available in the stainless steel and platinum combination and later in a two tone stainless steel and gold.Ref.16622 and 16623
THE “BEAUTY” INSPIRED BY THE “BEAST”
Rolex Yacht-Master was an instant hit. Its classic design and yet smoother, less rugged look than the Submariner made the watch extremely popular with those that wanted the look of a tool watch with a little more flash and opulence. If the same way that the Submariner was a perfect watch for Jacques Cousteau, then the Yacht-Master is a perfect fit for Brad Pitt.
Ermitage Jewelers is excited to offer you a wide selection of Yacht-Master watches in various precious metal and dial options. Since we have one of the largest Rolex Collections in the South East, we have something for every taste and wrist. We invite you to browse our collection online or come by our Atlanta location and choose your own Yacht-Master Rolex.
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