Rolex Yacht-Master 42 Oyster Flex

The Rolex Yacht-Master and its stunning features

The Rolex Yacht-Master was introduced in 1992 and has been around for over three decades. It is one of Rolexes' newest models after the Yacht-Master II and the Sky-dweller. Rolex created the Yacht-Master to symbolise Rolexes' extensive history with sailing dating to the 1950s. While this watch is functional and can be used as a tool for Yachting, the Rolex Yacht-Master is considered a dressy watch made to make a statement. In fact, the first ever model released was made of solid 18ct yellow gold.  

A brief overview of the Yacht-Masters features 

The Yacht-Master has a triple lock, triple waterproof system keeping your watch safe from water damage. It also has a scratch-resistant sapphire cyclops lens patented by Rolex and allows you to see the date feature at three o'clock. Current models of this watch boast +/-2 seconds of precision per day. Rolex certifies that their Yacht-Master is waterproof up to 100 metres. The Yacht-Master can be seen in various materials, sizes and dials. You can find the Rolex Yacht-master with factory set gemstones and an assortment of dials and bezels.

Case size  

The Rolex Yacht-Master first released with a 40mm case size for men and a 29mm case size for ladies. Since then, we have seen the Yacht-Master in many sizes, such as a 35mm model in 1994, the 37mm in 2017 and the most recent edition, the 42mm in 2019. Despite all these case sizes being released, the only models still in production today are the 37mm to 40mm and the 42mm. The Yacht-Master case has been described as smoother and rounder compared to other models by many watch enthusiasts.  


The Yacht-Master comes with a Rolesium bezel, an alloy based of platinum and stainless steel, Exclusive to the Yacht-Master bezel. This prevents the bezel from getting scratched or dented easily. To differentiate the Yacht-Master from other models, such as the GMT and submariner, Rolex raised the numerals and graduations. This is a functional 60-minute bezel that is bi-directional. The primary function of this bezel is to keep track of time and synchronise race start times for Yachting. You can also find ceramic bezel inserts for the Rolex Yacht-Master. 


The Rolex Yacht-Master was the first watch to ever boast an Oyster flex bracelet in 2015, and it is now common to find models with an oyster flex bracelet. When it comes to the Yacht-Master models, dials, materials and bracelets, it can be pretty confusing. We have composed a table for easy viewing. 

Yacht-Master 37 and 40  




Oyster steel and platinum 


(Bright blue exclusive to the Yacht-Master 40) 

Oyster three-link bracelet 

Oyster steel and Everose gold 

Chocolate and intense black 

Oyster three-link bracelet 

Everose gold 

Intense black and  diamond paved 

Oyster flex 


Yacht-Master 42 

You can find the Yacht-Master 42 in yellow gold or white gold. Both of these models come with an oyster flex band. The yellow gold model exclusively has a black dial, whereas the white gold can come with a black dial or a Falcon's eye dial which was only released in 2022.

Popular models

Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Ref 126622

The case on this Yacht -Master 40, is made from stainless steel and platinum, which results in a stunningly beautiful and precious watch. It features a Rhodium dial giving this timepiece a unique finish and an ever-changing appearance that springs to life when hit by daylight. 

The second hand and "Yacht-Master" are bright blue, giving the watch the perfect touch of colour. The clean aesthetic of this watch makes it an excellent choice, and the gender-neutral colour scheme means it can be worn by either sex confidently. 


Rolex Yacht-Master 42 New Ref 226658

This beautiful timepiece was revealed to the world at the end of March 2022. The watch case is made of 18CT yellow gold and looks even better in person. The 42mm case size suggests that this watch was intended for the modern man, and Rolex did a great job with the design. The watch wears very comfortably on the wrist thanks to the sleek design and highly comfortable Oyster flex strap. The black ceramic bezel is made to the highest standard with raised numerals and a combination of a matt and polished finish. 


Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Chocolate dial Ref 126621

The case and bezel are made from stainless steel and rose gold, resulting in a stunningly beautiful and precious watch. The chocolate dial works perfectly next to the rose gold bezel and bracelet. The sunburst effect of the chocolate dial gives this timepiece a unique finish and an ever-changing appearance that springs into life when hit by daylight. The stunning colour combination of this watch makes it an excellent choice for a man or woman. 



The Yacht-Master currently uses the calibre 3235. This self-winding movement has a total of 201 parts and 31 jewels. It boasts 70 hours of powers of and this movement allows for hours minutes central sweeping seconds and a date feature at three o'clock hand. You can find this movement on many other Rolex models, such as the James Cameron reference number 126660 D- blue dial Or the date just 41 reference number 126301. You can find previous models made with calibre 3135. The 3135 movement is also automatic and was initially announced in 1988. It offers 48 hours of reserved power. 

Buy a Rolex Yacht-Master  

If you are interested in purchasing, viewing or sourcing a Rolex Yacht-Master, Please feel free to get in touch. We always stock a range of Rolex Yacht-Masters at our office in Hatton Garden, available for viewing. Additionally, we have an excellent network of Rolex dealers and can source Rolexes promptly.

Looking to sell a Rolex Yacht-Master

 We offer fair market value, same-day quotes and instant payment for your Rolex Yacht-Master. We also offer a watch consignment option. Please call or email us to find out how we can help you sell your Rolex watch on consignment. 

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