When I sell a watch from my assortment, there’s likely a valid justification for it. I don’t have numerous second thoughts in such manner, however selling my Rolex Yacht-Master 16622 back in 2009 is certainly one of them.
I purchased my Rolex Yacht-Master 16622 of every 2007, a used model from 2004. In my assortment were at that point a GMT-Master II, Sea-Dweller, and Datejust, so I thought the Yacht-Master would be something else. It was somewhat of an abnormal decision and was, in those days, viewed as somewhat of a disliked watch by collectors.
Rolex Yacht-Master 16622
Even the merchant attempted to work me out of it when I was there. All things considered, he offered me one of the new GMT-Master II models with an earthenware bezel. In any case, no, I needed to have that Yacht-Master. It probably won’t have been the ordinary games Rolex, however I preferred the particular look and the combination of platinum and steel. At that point, these watches cost something like €4,000. The Rolex Yacht-Master 16622 immediately got one of my most worn watches, at this point I sold it two years later.
I lament Selling My Rolex Yacht-Master 16622
I had a valid justification however, at that point. For a long time, my fantasy watch was an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. In 2009, a nearby watch vendor let me realize he had a shiny white dial Royal Oak 15300 (39mm) available to be purchased. Of course, that wasn’t the “Jumbo” reference 15202 I needed to have, yet it was, in any case, a great watch. You can’t have everything however, so I chose to sell my Rolex Yacht-Master 16622 to clear a path for the AP.
The 15300 didn’t stay long either, as my companion Alon from Ace Jewelers called me one day to disclose to me he had a Royal Oak 15202 “Jumbo” available to be purchased in his store. So I exchanged up and that was that. Presently, what I missed most I thought, was having a watch with a decent light-shaded dial. I longed for brilliant white, or platinum, for instance. So after one year, I added the Royal Oak Chronograph 26300 with a shiny white “Panda” dial. In any case, that one was exchanged again also in 2013, to satisfy my endless long for Omega Speedmaster watches.
Speedmaster Rising Sun
That changed a piece when Omega declared their Tokyo 2020 assortment of Speedmasters in 2018. The Games that never occurred, you could say. One of them, the Speedmaster with the dim dial and red bezel addressed my creative mind the most. I chose to get it. As a matter of fact, three of us at Fratello chose to pursue that one and Michael nicknamed it “The Rising Sun” in this article . A brilliantly flexible watch, it helped me again to remember my Rolex Yacht-Master 16622, as the dial looked so comparable. The dial of the Speedmaster Rising Sun looks like it’s made of platinum, however it isn’t. I do adore the Rising Sun though!
Fast forward to September 2020. Rolex presents its new Submariner assortment. As one of the world’s most notorious jump watches, the Sub requirements no presentation. Through a cordial watch seller ( ), we had the option to get our hands on all the new references without a moment’s delay. In any case, the proprietor additionally showed me his own Yacht-Master 116622. I understood that I required that model in my life.
The distinction between the 116622 and 16622 is chiefly the wristband, as the later models come with a more strong catch. I chose to sell my Rolex Submariner 114060 as I never was enamored with it in any case, when I understood the Yacht-Master 16622 is the one for me. Additionally, I had as of late got a tritium-lumed Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600 (once more) too, which I like over any cutting edge Submariner. I’m not a Rolex authority using any and all means, and the Submariner and Sea-Dweller are all in all too near one another anyway.
Now, searching for a used Rolex Yacht-Master isn’t especially troublesome. I needed an early model, at any rate pre-2007, as that’s the year when Rolex changed the dial a smidgen. The platinum dial lost that coarse grain and turned into a piece smoother. I love to see that platinum grain in the late spring. Notwithstanding, the interesting part when purchasing used Rolex watches over a specific age is that the wristband may show a lot stretch. What’s more, in fact, the main watch I searched for at a watch seller (albeit recorded as “mint condition”) had an arm band with an excessive lot of stretch. He likewise had a subsequent Yacht-Master 16622 available to be purchased, yet without the appropriate box and administrative work. I figured that for my financial plan of €8,000, I ought to have the option to locate a complete one.
Amsterdam Vintage Watches (albeit the Yacht-Master can’t be viewed as vintage), appears to have a shaky area for the Yacht-Master too, likewise because of its particularity, I presume. They offered a 2009 Yacht-Master at a reasonable cost, however it was gone before I could get over to Amsterdam. They work on a the early bird gets the worm, no booking conceivable premise. That’s a pity, however no concerns, there were many accessible. The issue is that The Netherlands is a little country and the vast majority of the European offered Yacht-Master watches were offered from Germany and Italy.
And as I composed before, I don’t mind requesting a watch on the web, yet I additionally need to check the arm band and state of the watch face to face. Purchasing outside Europe isn’t an alternative here, as all the delivery companies are glad to enlist your watch with customs for you (they get a payoff expense from the Dutch assessment authority) and that implies I can add at any rate 25% to the value I paid. Presently, I don’t mind making good on charges (it implies things are going great I surmise), yet I likewise don’t need to support them more than necessary.
A 2004 Rolex Yacht-Master 16622 (again)
I proceeded with my chase on Chrono24 and saw that had a Rolex Yacht-Master 16622 available to be purchased also. One that dates to 2004, much the same as my first Yacht-Master and complete with box and papers. The proprietors, Alfred & Monique, are overly agreeable and I’ve known them for a (long!) time. Prior to requesting, I inquired as to whether the wristband was OK. Their shop is a 5-hour full circle so Alfred disclosed to me he would have the watch dispatched to me, so I could check it myself.
The following day the Rolex Yacht-Master 16622 showed up in my office and I didn’t need to think long, the watch is in incredible condition. For its age, yet all in all. No stretch, no harm, everything complete. Awesome! It almost fitted the financial plan, so I couldn’t be happier.
Not A Daily Wearer
Now, the Rolex Yacht-Master 16622 is anything but a day by day wearer for me. I wear my Speedmasters, Ploprof, or Globemaster more often than not. In the event that I make a special case for those, it is my Fratelloris or Grand Seiko. There’s likewise the problem of getting watches from (and carrying them to) my protected, which is outside. Notwithstanding, the Rolex Yacht-Master 16622 gets more wrist time than my Sea-Dweller or Datejust, with regards to Rolex.
The Yacht-Master 16622 is an undervalued and in this manner underestimated watch, as I would like to think. I don’t like how Rolex treats its clients today, yet enough has been said about that in past articles. A similar route goes for how Rolex approved vendors are treating their customers, as some of them sell these looks as “pre-owned” (multi week old, you realize it makes “sense”, I surmise) in their shops with a genuinely staggering premium. The way that the Yacht-Master 16622 isn’t well known makes it an ideal buy for me. I likewise saw the new Yacht-Master references are not a casualty of promotion also.
Platinum and Steel
The Yacht-Master was first presented in 1992 as a full gold watch (reference 16628), yet the 40mm Yacht-Master Rolesium was introduced in 1999. One of the fundamental attractions for me is the Rolesium. Rolex’s own definition for the utilization of hardened steel and platinum. The bezel of the Rolex Yacht-Master 16622 is made of platinum. Also, this 16622 has a dial made of platinum as well.
Platinum adds a piece to the heaviness of the Yacht-Master 16622. Also, is extensively heavier than a steel GMT-Master or Submariner of that period. The platinum dial has been suspended some time back for the Yacht-Master, so the current ones are just accessible with rhodium or blue dial. As composed over, the Yacht-Master 16622 watches before 2007 have a coarser-grained dial. Watches from 2007/2008 onwards additionally have their rehaut engraved with Rolex and the sequential number.
The 40mm measurement Rolex Yacht-Master utilizes the in-house delivered 3135. Rolex utilized it for different watches with a date too. Like the Datejust, Sea-Dweller, or Submariner Date, for instance. A chronometer-ensured development with a force save of 48 hours, 31 gems, and a working recurrence of 28,800vph. It is an unshakable self-winding development, and my watchmaker continues to reveal to me he can drink while adjusting it. I don’t think he implies for it to sound as worried as it does…
Bi-directional platinum bezel
The Rolex Yacht-Master isn’t a plunge watch. You will require the Submariner or Sea-Dweller to fill that need. The Yacht-Master is a drifting watch. This implies it’s an extravagance watch you need to wear while tasting your number one beverage on a teak deck. Rolex has utilized the Yacht-Master name before its authority presentation in 1992. A portion of the model Cosmographs likewise had this name on the dial. The Yacht-Master appears to be like the Submariner however has a bi-directional bezel (rather than uni-directional). The hands are generally wide and it includes huge hour markers. On the dial, you’ll discover the utilization of Super-LumiNova (Rolex presented their own “Chromalight” just in 2008). The screw-down Triplock crown and Oyster case warrant a water opposition of 100 meters, of course.
Buy What You Like
The reason that a watch is moderate, modest, or under-the-radar isn’t a purpose behind me to get one. I made that “mistake” before and I wound up with a case marked “Watches I never wear”. What’s more, frankly, I can’t bear to have such a container. For this situation, interestingly, I love the Rolex Yacht-Master like Gerard likes his abnormal Air-King and it is a decent fortuitous event that very few others do.
At least not in similar number that looks for Submariners, GMT-Masters, Daytonas, and so on I’m not entirely defenseless against peer pressure, so I couldn’t care less if my Instagram feed isn’t just about as cool as yours. Purchase and wear what you like. I feel that will give the most fulfillment eventually. I’m glad that the Yacht-Master is back in the assortment, and setting down deep roots. Why not inform us regarding the special cases that will always stand out from your assortment however discovered their way back in the comments below!