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With its 35mm Oyster case, the midsize Yacht Master is ideal for both a woman’s or a man’s wrist. Although Rolex no longer manufactures the midsize Yacht Master, it remains a popular luxury sports watch in the secondary market. Additionally, the Rolex midsize Yacht Master options feature a diverse model that is available in three different metals and an assortment of dials. Find out what they are here.
The yellow gold midsize Yacht Master ref. 68628 made its debut in 1994 as the first 35mm model within the collection. As with all yellow gold Yacht Master watches, topping its gold case is a bidirectional gold bezel with raised numerals rather than a bezel insert. The Oyster bracelet is also fashioned in 18k yellow gold, which makes the midsize Yacht Master ref. 68628 an ultra luxurious Rolex sports watch.
Early editions of the midsize Yacht Master ref. 68628 included a white dial with non-luminous black indexes that are instead accented with triangles that glow in the dark for lowlight legibility. Other dial options followed over the years including slate, champagne, and navy. An especially lavish midsize gold Yacht Master is one equipped with a mother-of-pearl dial embellished with ruby indexes.
For a midsize Yacht Master that’s both sporty and luxurious, there’s the two-tone steel and yellow gold version. Rolesor is Rolex-speak for watches that combine both steel and gold and the Rolesor Yacht Master is a signature look for the Swiss watchmaker. Securing the sapphire crystal to the stainless steel Oyster case is the yellow gold bezel, while the two-tone Oyster bracelet features yellow gold center links framed by steel links.
There are two versions of the two-tone midsize Yacht Master. The first model is the Yacht Master ref. 68623, which made its debut in 1995 and runs on Rolex Caliber 2135. Rolex then updated the model in 1999 with the Yacht Master ref. 168623 with the then-new Caliber 2235.
Whereas, Rolesor refers to the combination of steel and gold, Rolesium is when Rolex combines steel and platinum on a watch. And the Yacht Master is the only Rolex watch so far to combine rugged steel with precious platinum.
The Rolesium, Rolex Yacht Master midsize steel platinum ref. 168622 came out in 1999 along with the larger 40mm and smaller 29mm version. Like all Rolesium Yacht Master models, the midsize ref. 168622 sports a stainless steel Oyster case and stainless steel Oyster bracelet. The rotating bezel, however, is crafted entirely in platinum, where the background is sandblasted while the raised numerals are polished. The sandblasted platinum carries through onto the dial, lending spectacular texture to the monochromatic Yacht Master.
Whether in full yellow gold, two tone steel and yellow gold, or steel and platinum, the Rolex midsize Yacht Master options offer a luxurious Rolex sports watch for both him and her. A true unisex Rolex timepiece.