When it comes to the world of luxury watches, perhaps there is no better-known brand than the Rolex. Opening their London store in 1905, it has been a flagship in the industry and kept the bar high when it comes to quality and retaining value. Many of us have them, wish we had one, or at least know the major names of their ranges, such as Oyster, Time-Master, and Daytona.
Everyone in the industry looks to them to set the standard, and they have a new watch that has been released this year. I will explore some of the features and qualities of the new watch, and you can decide if you want to add it to your Christmas list of gifts for yourself.
- Name: Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master
- Range: Yacht-Master
- Short name: Yacht-Master 42
With a 42mm face and a full swivel bidirectional bezel, this is a sailing watch, that looks great on land. It is a matt black ceramic face set in 18ct white gold. As a Perpetual it is self-winding, and of course, as part of the Oyster range, it is also 100% waterproof. It is also equipped, as all Rolex professional watches are, with a chroma light display to make it easy to read. It comes with day and date dial and a 60-minute read out on the bezel.
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It comes with the perpetual calibre 3235 which is a movement made exclusively by Rolex, so you can be sure it will still be running in 20 years when you sell it.
When it comes to watches, Rolex has many popular products and to release a new watch is to take a risk, as you would know they tend to limit production of their watches, so the value of them always stay high. To manufacture something new is to produce less of another line. That being said, here I think the risk has paid off. The main feature I see with the Yacht-Master 42 is it’s a very good looking watch. Also given is 18ct gold; it is an excellent investment for those who are aware of how well a Rolex tend to hold their value. It seems more designed as a black tie watch and would look amazing at the cuff of a black suit.
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Price and where to buy:
This is a brand new watch and as such can only be bought at either a Rolex shop or a licensed dealer. You are very unlikely to find one right now in the second-hand market. You will be paying full retail price if you get one now. Because we work in a London Pawnbroker(link) and also a Rolex specialist(link), we see a lot of great second-hand watches(link) coming through the shop. If you are in the market for your first Rolex, you like the range but want something more affordable and just to see one on your wrist, do stop by the shop and say hello.