Best Rolex 2023: how to choose the perfect Rolex to suit your lifestyle

No matter what you do on your weekends, the Geneva watchmaker has you covered

Close up image of a gold Rolex Day Date with diamond indices and green dial

To the casual observer, it is easy to think a Rolex is a Rolex, is a Rolex. Catch a rush-hour Tube on certain London Underground lines and you’ll see near-identical Rolex on the wrists of the suited and booted. 

But dig a little deeper into the Geneva firm’s range, and you’ll discover a broad portfolio of timepieces. We can’t possibly say there is a Rolex for every budget, because you’re never going to get much change from seven or eight thousand, but there’s much more to the brand than classy wristwear to show off in meetings or at dinner.

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As well as the classics, Rolex offers a ‘professional’ range, which includes timepieces developed for specific careers and hobbies, like yachting, diving, driving and flying.

Here then, is the T3 guide to the best Rolex to suit your lifestyle.

Rolex GMT Master II

For the traveller: Rolex GMT Master II

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Launched in the mid-1950s and originally designed for airline pilots, the GMT-Master - as its name might well suggest - is a GMT watch. This means that, as well as the regular hour, minute and second hands, it has another hand for telling the time at GMT - that is, Greenwich Meantime, as observed by the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London. 

This extra hand rotates around a 24-hour bezel. That way, you can always tell what time it is in your current location, and GMT/UTC - handy when travelling for business or pleasure.

That 24-hour bezel, by the way, is made from extremely hard ceramic, and its blue and red finish gives the GMT Master the nickname of the ‘Pepsi Rolex’. At 40mm, the GMT-Master II is a surprisingly compact timepiece for its design.

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Rolex Submariner

For the diver: Rolex Submariner

The Submariner may look similar to the GMT-Master at first glance, but this is an altogether tougher timepiece, capable of being submerged up to 300 metres (1,000 feet). This is a significant improvement on the original Submariner, which was the first watch to be water resistant to a depth of 100 metres when it launched back in 1953.

Being a true diving watch, the Submariner meets the ISO 6425 standard, which means it is not only water resistant to great depths, but is also unfazed by salty seawater, condensation, magnetism, and rapid changes in pressure and temperature.

The watch features a unidirectional, 60-minute rotating bezel to help divers accurately and safely measure how long they have been underwater. The bezel is made from Cerachrom, the same Rolex-developed, corrosion-resistant, ceramic material as on the GMT-Master.

The Submariner has a 41mm diameter case, with a screw-down winding crown, magnified date complication at three o’clock, and an automatic 3235 calibre movement with approximately 70 hours of power reserve.

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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

For the racing driver: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

Watch just five minutes of the Daytona or Le Mans 24-hour motor races on television, and you’ll no doubt see an advert for the Rolex Daytona. Widely considered the motorsport timepiece, the Cosmograph Daytona has been with us since 1963 and has appeared on the wrists of some of the world’s most successful drivers.

Being a wristwatch intended for motorsport and time-keeping, the Rolex Daytona features a second hand which displays an accurate reading to one-eighth of a second, plus two dials showing elapsed time in hours and minutes.

Additionally, the 40mm non-rotating bezel can be used as a tachymeter, indicating the units per hour of any moving object you care to time. Say you want to work out the average speed of a land-speed record car as it passes through the measured mile (as we are sure all T3 readers do of a weekend). Click the button at two o’clock to start the second hand, then again to stop the hand once the car passes the mile marker; the number pointed at on the bezel is the car’s average speed in miles per hour.

The Rolex Daytona is water resistant to 100 metres and has a long power reserve of approximately 72 hours.

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Rolex Explorer

For the adventurer: Rolex Explorer

The Rolex Explorer is the brand’s most understated steel sports watch, but, for that reason, it's one of our favourites. The Explorer has a rich history, which begins with a Perpetual Oyster that Sir Edmund Hillary's pioneering ascent to Mount Everest in 1953. To commemorate his (and the watch's) achievement, Rolex released the Oyster Perpetual Explorer that same year.

Today, Rolex offers two Explorer models, a 39mm Explorer, and 42mm Explorer II (pictured above). They may looks completely different, but both are designed for extreme environments.

The Explorer's design remains very true to the original, with a black dial, large, legible numerals, and a durable Oyster case.

The Explorer II is an evolution of the original model, growing a few millimeters in diameter and adding a GMT-function, so the wearer can keep track of multiple timezones.

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Rolex Air-King

For the pilot: Rolex Air-King

If flying is your pastime of choice, then the Air-King is the Rolex for you. The watch offers a simple and classically attractive look, with a compact 40mm case, Oyster bracelet and domed bezel. 

To the casual observer, the Air-King looks similar in design to classic Rolex like the Datejust and Day-Date, but there are enough nods to aviation to make it stand out from the corporate-gift and graduation-present crowd.

The watch, which harks back to Rolex’s connection with aviation of the 1930s, features a distinctive black bezel with oversize hour numerals at three, six and nine, separated by smaller minute numerals used for navigational time reading.

The Air-King’s 3131 calibre self-winding mechanical movement has a power reserve of approximately 48 hours, and water resistance is 100 metres.

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Rolex Yacht-Master II

For the sailor: Rolex Yacht-Master II

For a Rolex, there’s an awful lot going on here. Described by the Swiss company as a watch appealing to experienced sailors, the Yacht-Master II features a programmable countdown timer with mechanical memory and on-the-fly synchronisation.

What this means, is that skippers can programme the watch to automatically start a countdown of a certain duration, from between one and 10 minutes. That way, they can precisely time and follow the official starting procedure of a boat race. The minutes count down using a fourth hand which sweeps down from a maximum of 10 minutes at seven o’clock, to zero at five o’clock.

Where a watch’s bezel is not normally mechanically linked to its internal mechanism, the Yacht-Master II’s is. This means the wearer can rotate the bezel to set the countdown timer, counting down to the start time of the race.

The Yacht-Master II is a large timepiece (for a Rolex) at 44mm and offers up to 100 metres of water resistance, while the power reserve of its self-winding movement is approximately 72 hours.

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Rolex Cellini Moonphase

For the horological connoisseur: Rolex Cellini Moonphase

A member of Rolex’s classic watch collection, the Cellini Moonphase is for those who take their watches seriously, but want a classic look which strays away from shouting about your flying, racing or yachting escapades. Instead, this 18ct rose gold timepiece offers a simple white dial sat inside a subtle 39mm case.

But beneath this simplicity is a brilliantly complex 3295 calibre movement with a moonphase complication which Rolex claims will remain astrologically accurate for 122 years before it requires adjustment.

Appropriately, the full moon present on the face of the Cellini is made from a real piece of meteorite, which moves gradually around the complication as each day of the month passes by. This watch can’t calculate the average speed of your flying mile, or help you keep tabs on your oxygen tanks 1,000 feet below, but it makes up for a lack of features with a hearty dose of elegance and horological sophistication.

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Rolex Day-Date

For the CEO: Rolex Day-Date

Nothing says you’ve made it more than an all-gold Rolex Day-Date on a matching ‘president’ bracelet. Yes, it’s a bit flashy and perhaps even ostentatious in the wrong company - and we know we knocked corporate Rolex earlier in this article - but it somehow retains more class than other watches in its price bracket.

Even in a less look-at-me spec, the Day-Date is a classically good-looking watch which will never go out of fashion, and will look right at home when poking out from underneath your shirt cuff during that important meeting.

Back in 1956, the Day-Date was a world-first, boasting the ability to show both the day and date (see what they did there?). The day written in full across the 12 o’clock position is a striking but functional complication which for many buyers will feel altogether more useful than a moonphase complication.

Wear a Day-Date, and you’re in some rather high-calibre company. Previous owners include US Presidents Reagan, Nixon, Roosevelt, Ford and Kennedy, along with Roger Federer, Jay-Z, Ellen DeGeneres and Victoria Beckham.

The current model measures a compact 36mm, is water resistant to 100 metres, and has a power reserve of approximately 70 hours. 

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Rolex Datejust

For everyday: Rolex Datejust

The idea of an everyday Rolex perhaps feels like an oxymoron, but we reckon the Datejust fits the bill perfectly. Arguably the quintessential Rolex, the Datejust is the model you are most likely to see out and about. It is highly customisable, with Rolex offering different case sizes and materials, a choice of straps and bezels, and a range of face colours, materials and decoration (by which we mean diamonds, of course).

Case sizes range from 28mm to 41mm, while materials include steel, white gold, yellow gold, or a mixture; dial colours include white, silver, gold, blue, black and pink, and there’s a choice of two bracelet designs and two bezels. All this means the Datejust can be configured to look as at home with your weekend wear, as your business attire, wedding suit, or Sunday best.

First launched in 1945 as the Oyster, the Datejust (which got its current name in 1985) has changed very little over the years. However, in 1955 the mechanism was updated so the date would change instantaneously at midnight instead of slowly changing over several hours beforehand. That year also saw the addition of the famous Cyclops magnification lens over the date complication, which has since become a hallmark of Rolex watch design.

Today’s Datejust is water resistant to 100 metres, features a 3235 calibre, self-winding automatic movement, and has a power reserve of approximately 70 hours.

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Rolex Comparison Guide - Submariner, Datejust, Daytona & Yacht-Master

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Rolex Comparison Guide Submariner, Datejust, Daytona & Yacht-Master

Perhaps you are feeling a bit overwhelmed by Rolex's huge range of different watches, and because of this, you don't know which to choose. To help you find the perfect watch, we have crafted a detailed guide which compares popular Rolex models including the Submariner, the Datejust, the Daytona, and the Yacht-Master.

Rolex Submariner vs Rolex Datejust

Submariner overview.

Introduced in 1953, the Submariner was dubbed 'The Diver's Watch' and is still one of the most in-demand watch models today. Its ingenious design consists of strong resistance against water, self-winding mechanisms, and a handy chromalight display.

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Datejust overview

Created in 1945, only a decade before the Submariner, the Datejust is best known for its iconic feature, the Cyclops, a date-magnifying lens. The Datejust is a truly beautiful design embezzled with high-quality crystals and an overall aesthetically pleasing look.

Similarities and Differences

The Submariner and Datejust are alike in various ways. They are both incredibly sturdy and reliable models and are both members of Rolex's iconic Oyster Perpetual range, meaning they are designed with a perpetual self-winding rotor. The Submariner and Datejust are popular and consistently in-demand. ‍ The main differences between the two models are the typical applications and design attributes. The Submariner was designed for underwater diving, whilst the Datejust was only made for everyday usage, because of this the Submariner has a more complex design. This model possesses extra features such as greater water-resistance, a brighter display, a stronger grip to the wearer's wrist and a rotating bezel. ‍ However, the purpose of the Datejust was for it to be the only watch the wearer should need. This makes a fitting accessory for any formal or informal occasion. There are more options to choose from in the Datejust collection; various dial, metal, bracelet combinations to choose from, as opposed to the Submariner.

Rolex Daytona vs Rolex Yacht-Master

Daytona overview.

The Daytona is another iconic Rolex creation and is undoubtedly the most popular and sought after model in the range. First manufactured in 1963 and reinvented with a new in-house movement in 2000, the Daytona is a model beloved by many Rolex fanatics.

Yacht-Master overview

'The Watch of the Open Seas' aka the Yacht-Master was specially crafted to embody the spirit of a sailor. Having been released in the 1950s, it is today regarded as the perfect combination of style and function.

The two models have similar abilities concerning water-resistance. Buyers have more colour options with the Daytona as the model comes in many different colours, metals and precious stone settings whilst the Yacht-Master's colour options are limited. Those looking for a big, bold watch that will draw attention should choose the Yacht-Master, and those looking for something more elegant and classic should opt for the Daytona. ‍ The Daytona utilises Calibre 4130, as opposed to the Yacht-Master which makes use of Calibre 4161. The Yacht-Master's Calibre 4161 is, functionally speaking, more multiplexed than the Daytona's Calibre 4130. Interestingly, Rolex states that Calibre 4161 took 35,000 hours to manufacture. Overall, these models live up to Rolex's reputation of producing high-quality, efficient watches - but if you enjoy the open seas and sailing is important to you opt for the Yacht-Master, and if having a timing masterpiece that is elegant with gorgeous colour combination is more important to you, opt for the Daytona.

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Datejust vs Yachtmaster....I need a date!!

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It's difficult to know if you are my 'type'. :think: Buy me a drink and we'll see what develops. ;-)  

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gviddy said: Suits you well! Great dial choice for the YM, I truly love that pop of blue. I do wonder sometime if it is a bit much for a suit, or business casual? Click to expand...

WatchingYou77

My vote would be for something else. I think the fluted bezel on the DJ is a bit too blingy and the steel/grey dial on the Yachtmaster lacks contrast from the rest of the watch. I like the Yachtmaster in photos, but in the metal it just does not have much pop. What about an OP or Milgauss? The grey dial OP looks better than the Yachtmaster IMO.  

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radarcontact said: Blue dial DJ41, smooth bezel on jubilee would be my choice. Likely this will be my next Rolex. I wouldn't replace the Explorer (currently have the same model as you do) as it has too many merits to mention and in my opinion it is one the classics to own. Click to expand...

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The Datejust would be great or, if you have the wrist for it, a Sky-Dweller.  

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Say no to YM... Sub is a great watch, you won't regret it if you go with that. Both DJs and Sub Dates are excellent daily wearers. DJs are great dailies. Datejust, fluted bezel, on Jubilee. But as a doc, if you prefer to remain under the radar with your watch, go with the smooth bezel on oyster. If you decide to go with the older DJ 36mms, choice of jubilee vs Oyster also depends on what dial you have (romans vs sticks). I'm a pharmacist and I keep track of my patients' med administration times 100 times a day so having a date is important to me as well. My Rolex 16610 Sub Date keeps me informed of the date with the biggest date window you've ever seen.  

YM or DJ41 ?  

LINVS said: I think a 36mm DJ would be very tasteful. I'd trust a physician with a DJ over one wearing a YM. YMs seem to say you might be in it for the money. Click to expand...
WatchingYou77 said: My vote would be for something else. I think the fluted bezel on the DJ is a bit too blingy and the steel/grey dial on the Yachtmaster lacks contrast from the rest of the watch. I like the Yachtmaster in photos, but in the metal it just does not have much pop. What about an OP or Milgauss? The grey dial OP looks better than the Yachtmaster IMO. Click to expand...
radoncdoc said: radarcontact said: Blue dial DJ41, smooth bezel on jubilee would be my choice. Likely this will be my next Rolex. I wouldn't replace the Explorer (currently have the same model as you do) as it has too many merits to mention and in my opinion it is one the classics to own. Click to expand...
TreiseYustiel said: Say no to YM... Sub is a great watch, you won't regret it if you go with that. Both DJs and Sub Dates are excellent daily wearers. DJs are great dailies. Datejust, fluted bezel, on Jubilee. But as a doc, if you prefer to remain under the radar with your watch, go with the smooth bezel on oyster. If you decide to go with the older DJ 36mms, choice of jubilee vs Oyster also depends on what dial you have (romans vs sticks). I'm a pharmacist and I keep track of my patients' med administration times 100 times a day so having a date is important to me as well. My Rolex 16610 Sub Date keeps me informed of the date with the biggest date window you've ever seen. Click to expand...
14060 said: The Datejust would be great or, if you have the wrist for it, a Sky-Dweller. Click to expand...

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TwentiethCenturyFox

I would get the Yachtmaster. It conveys calm, cool, authority. So would match your profession rather well.  

It seems there is concern with the wallet. Rolex with dates come at a higher price, but one exception is the older datejust 36mm's. They can be quite budget-friendly as long as you buy from a reputable seller. Honestly I wouldn't even bother with the new 2019 Baselworld Datejust 36mm, that will net you $8200 plus tax plus AD annoyances/waitlists. I would go ahead a pull the trigger on an older Datejust 36mm of your choosing. Or a Sub.  

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matthew P said: I'd take a hard look at the datejust 36mm when it comes out later this year. I know I will be. Would compliment the explorer nicely IMO. Click to expand...
m1911 said: This is best advice above.... I own two DJ-41's; and wore my silver dial, smooth bezel, Oyster bracelet traveling all week. I have the same watch except on Jubilee also. I have 8" wrists, so that's why I wear the 41's. I can't wait to see the new 2019 36's and would buy those instead if it looked ok on me. When I got home I put the Explorer on; primarily because I watched the new Hodinkee video several times this week. Maybe it's an age thing, or that I wore the Submariner and Explorer-II for 30-some years before wearing the standard sized Oyster cases. But my larger watch bodies like the 42mm Explorer-II and 2018 GMT-BLRO don't get much wrist time these days. Click to expand...
WatchingYou77 said: Sky dwellers are quite a bit more expensive, and that's if you can find one at an AD. Grey market is 16-21k USD depending on condition and dial color. While browsing ADs, I have found a couple two-tone Sky dwellers, multiple gold options, and one steel blue dial (Shanghai, but shady AD). I really wanted one after seeing the photos, but it was just too big when trying it on for a daily wearer. Thick, wide, and the fluted bezel in that size of watch with the polished center links on the bracelet is really flashy. It is not a good daily wearer for a doctor IMO. Asking for way too much attention. Click to expand...

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If you don’t own a YM it’s no comparison, buy a YM. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk  

If you want a date, get the classic of the classic watch with a date. The dj41 will suit u well. Love to see the date just jump at 12. This is the watch and model that first did that. Owning history is how I feel when I wear my dj41 silver on regular bezel and oyster. Very versatile. Goes great with a suit. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk  

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What’s the Difference Between the Yacht-Master and the Yacht-Master II?

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Ever since the debut of the Explorer II in the early 1970s, Rolex has made a habit of periodically releasing a “Part II” to some of their most famous collections of watches. Sometimes, the second edition of the collection is intended to replace the first as the next step in the evolution of the watch, similar to how the GMT-Master II completely replaced the standard GMT-Master in Rolex’s catalog. Other times, like with the introduction of the Explorer II, the “II” version is intended to supplement the existing collection, offering additional or different features not found on the standard model. In these instances, the “II” version is not is not a replacement for the original model, but rather it is intended to be offered alongside the standard version as a more premium or professional focused offering.

Sometimes, these “Part II” Rolex models are very similar to their original watches, offering near-identical aesthetics and functionality. For example, the Rolex Datejust II is simply a larger version of the standard Datejust – it may be larger in size, but functionality and overall appearance are virtually identical. Other times, like with the Yacht Master and the Yacht-Master II, the “Part II” watch is an entirely different timepiece, and is instead intended to cater to an entirely different demographic of user than the original collection of watches. If you’ve ever wondered what the differences are between the Rolex Yacht Master and the Yacht Master II, then read on for our guide that breaks down the key differences between the two Rolex Yacht-Master watch collections.

Yacht-Master and the Yacht-Master II

Manufacturing Periods & Reference Numbers: Yacht-Master vs. Yacht-Master II

Rolex introduced the Yacht-Master collection in 1992 as a top-tier luxury watch with a nautical flair. This was not a utilitarian tool watch like the Submariner or the GMT-Master (although you can use the rotating bezel to time elapsed events) but rather, a sporty chic high-end watch to wear while at sea. Indeed, the full 18k yellow gold construction of the inaugural 40 mm Yacht-Master set the luxurious tone of the collection. Two years later Rolex rounded out the collection by adding midsize and ladies’ size versions of the Yacht-Master.

The men’s Yacht-Master 40 reference numbers and production dates are as follows:

  • Yellow Gold Yacht-Master 40 ref. 16628: 1992 – 2011
  • Platinum/Steel Yacht-Master 40 ref. 16622: 1999 – 2012
  • Yellow Gold/Steel Yacht-Master 40 ref. 16623: 2005 – 2015
  • Platinum/Steel Yacht-Master 40 ref. 116622: 2012 – Present
  • Everose Gold Yacht-Master 40 ref. 116655: 2015 – Present
  • Everose Gold/Steel Yacht-Master 40 ref. 116621: 2016 – Present

The Yacht-Master II joined the Rolex lineup in 2007. Unlike the Yacht Master, the Yacht Master II offers much more functionality for sailors thanks to its regatta timer to use during competitive races.

Since it’s a relatively new collection, there has only been one generation of the Yacht-Master II so far, offered in different materials:

  • Yellow Gold Yacht-Master ref. 116688: 2007 – Present
  • White Gold/Platinum Yacht-Master ref. 116689: 2007 – Present
  • Everose/Steel Yacht-Master ref. 116681: 2011 – Present
  • Steel Yacht-Master ref. 116680: 2013 – Present

Yacht-Master and the Yacht-Master II

Functionality: Yacht-Master vs Yacht-Master II

Aside from telling the time, the Yacht-Master and the Yacht-Master II are quite different functionally. Powered by Rolex Cal. 3135 with a 48-hour power reserve, the dial of the Yacht-Master houses center hours, minutes, and sweeping seconds along with a date window at 3 o’clock.

On the other hand, the Yacht-Master II runs on Caliber 4161, which is one of Rolex’s most complex movements to date. In addition to the center hour and minute hands and running seconds subdial (and no date), the Cal. 4161 furnishes the Yacht-Master II with a regatta countdown with patented mechanical memory and on-the-fly-synchronization. What’s more, the bezel, dubbed Ring Command, is not just for exterior looks and functionality, but it also controls part of the movement inside the case. The Yacht-Master II has 72 hours of power reserve.

Yacht-Master and the Yacht-Master II

Design: Yacht-Master vs Yacht-Master II

The men’s Yacht-Master sports a 40 mm Oyster case topped with a rotating bezel with raised numerals. The dials of the Yachtmaster are similar to other Rolex sports watches with Mercedes-style hands and round/baton/triangular luminescent indexes.

While Rolex originally made yellow gold and two-tone yellow gold and steel versions of the Yacht-Master, the company has now replaced these with full Everose gold and two-tone Everose gold and steel models. When Rolex introduced Everose Yacht Master, it was the first watch to include the Oysterflex bracelet composed of a metal band wrapped in black rubber.  The steel versions of the Yacht-Master include platinum bezels. Rolex used to make 29 mm versions and 35 mm versions of the Yacht-Master, but today the only sub-40 mm size is the Yacht-Master 37.

Conversely, the Yacht-Master II is only available in one size—a very large 44 mm Oyster case. That case comes with a blue Cerachrom ceramic bezel (except for the white gold version which includes a platinum bezel). The dials of the Yacht-Master used to include blue pencil-style center hands and square indexes. However, in 2017, Rolex updated the dials (but kept the same reference numbers) to feature Mercedes-style, plus added baton and triangle indexes at 6 and 12 o’clock, respectively.

Yacht-Master and the Yacht-Master II

The Yacht-Master and the Yacht-Master II, Distant Relatives

They may share a similar name, but as we’ve illustrated, the Yacht-Master and the Yacht-Master II are far from the same watch. The first is a luxurious time and date Rolex sports watch while the latter is a big, bold, and complex Rolex watch built for competitions.

Regardless of which version of Rolex’s yachting watch you choose, they are both statement watches in their own unique way.

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