Rolex introduced a small number of Cosmograph Yachtmasters in 1965. However, the Yacht-Master as we know it (Ref. 16628) was introduced in 1992. Since then, there have been a number of references (16623, 16622, 126622), all of which are compatible with Everest straps for the Rolex Yacht-Master.
In 1992, Rolex released the Yacht-Master (Ref. 16628): an 18k gold watch built upon the Submariner silhouette. The first major update in the Rolex Yachtmater line occurred in 2012 with the introduction of the ref. 116622. The 116622 features Role’s Easylink extension deployant clasp, as well as new lume. 3 years later, Rolex introduced the Everose 116655: a rose gold variant on an Oysterflex bracelet. The 116655 was the first Yacht-Master to feature a Cerachrom bezel, which are now the standard on all Rolex dive watches (and GMT watches). Another large change in the Yacht-Master line occurred in 2019 with the addition of the caliber 3235: the movement still used today. Beyond these references, most variations in the Yacht-Master line are colors and materials.
Most modern Rolex watches are products of slow and steady evolution: decades of small changes resulting in a nearly perfect watch. Since the Yacht-Master has only been around since the 1990’s – not nearly as long as the Explorers and Submariners of the world – we’re still somewhat early in the evolution. Time will tell what direction the Yacht-Master will take, but as of right now, it’s a beautiful watch with ample specifications. Based on the Rolex Submariner, the Yacht-Master shares a lot of similarities with the world’s most popular dive watch. However, the Yacht-Master is a dressier option with more elegant finishing. It sacrifices a lot of the Submariner’s dive-focused spec for slimmer dimensions.
Perhaps the most important characteristic of the Yacht-Master is its wearability. Compared to the robust Submariner, the Yacht-Master is 1.5 mm thinner and far more contoured to the wrist. As of today, it's also offered in three different sizes (37mm, 40mm, 42mm), whereas the Submariner is only offered in 41mm. This is a comfortable watch, especially compared to its older siblings. The Yacht-Master would feel at home in Rolex’s “classic” and “professional” lines. Although it’s slotted under the “professional” category, it’s far less of a tool than the Submariner or Sea-Dweller. The Yacht-Master features ⅓ of the Submariner’s water resistance at only 100 meters (still plenty for most people). This allows the watch to have its slimmer profile. The Yacht-Master is the sleek, comfortable, stylish alternative to the Submariner. The Yacht-Master is worn on the yacht; the Submariner is worn under the yacht. The Yacht-Master borrows the Submariner’s iconic design language, but offers luxurious finishing: precious metals, mirror-polished links, and an embossed Cerachrom bezel. Despite its sporty, causal roots, this watch fits with black tie attire.
The Yacht-Master is a unique Rolex. It has the DNA of a tool watch and the finishing of a dress watch. Because of that, it feels appropriate in any number of settings. The strap you put it on will push your Yachtmaster in a specific direction. Everest’s Curved End rubber, leather, and nylon straps are tailor fit to the dimensions of the Rolex Yacht-Master (Ref. 16628, 16623, 16622, 126622), seamlessly hugging the case and lugs. Because the Yacht-Master is more of a dress watch than its ancestors, it’s right at home on a leather strap. That said, the Yacht-Master’s tool watch DNA allows it to look great on a rubber or nylon strap. Dress it up with leather, dress it down with rubber or nylon, or reduce the weight with either of the three – Everest has you covered. If you’re looking for a strap for your Rolex Yacht-Master (Ref. 16628, 16623, 16622, 126622), Everest bands are your best bet.