First noticed in 2021 as a prototype on the wrist of a many-times Olympic champion sailor Sir Ben Ainslie being tested in real-life conditions for which it was developed and built, the titanium Yacht-Master 42 has just been made officially part of the Rolex collection. Here’s the new, and highly-anticipated YM 42 reference 226627.
The new Yacht-Master is presented in a 42mm case manufactured from a proprietary titanium alloy named RLX Titanium, with polished, high-sheen and technical satin-finished surfaces. It features a signature bidirectional rotating bezel with a matt black Cerachrom insert with raised numerals and indices to allow sailors accurate timing of their manoeuvres.
The familiar intense black dial design is about clarity, with large hour markers and hands coated in a luminous material for easy reading in low-light conditions. The new reference is powered by Rolex’s in-house Calibre 3235, certified as a Superlative Chronometer. It has passed rigorous tests for precision (-2/+2 seconds a day) and reliability. The movement has a 70-hour power reserve, and the watch is water resistant up to 100m. The new Yacht-Master 42 has the Oyster bracelet made from RLX titanium with ceramic inserts for better flexibility, with the Oysterlock safety clasp. The bracelet features the Easylink extension link to adjust the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm easily.
The Rolex Yacht-Master was first introduced in 1992 and has since become one of Rolex’s most popular and iconic models. Designed for sailing enthusiasts and those who appreciate the nautical lifestyle without setting foot on board, the Yacht-Master comes in several sizes and materials, including stainless steel, gold, and platinum. The model is available in several variations, including the Yacht-Master II; the latter features a regatta timer, a countdown timer designed explicitly for yacht racing. The new Yacht-Master RLX Titanium marks a symbolic and welcomed return of Rolex to the times when sports and professional watches were made for real-life activities without the “luxury” component.
The new Rolex Yacht-Master 42 in RLX titanium reference 226627 will sell for CHF 13,400; for more information, contact your local retailer or visit www.rolex.com.
Technical specifications – Rolex Yacht-Master 42 Titanium
Case: 42mm – RLX titanium alloy – monobloc middle case, screw-down caseback – Triplock winding crown – Bidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated bezel with matt black Cerachrom insert in ceramic, polished raised numerals and graduations – sapphire crystal and Cyclops lens over the date window – 100m water-resistance
Dial: black lacquer – hour markers and hands treated with blue luminescent Chromalight – date window at 3 o’clock
Movement: Rolex calibre 3235, in-house automatic – certified as a Superlative Chronometer – 28,800 vph frequency – 70h power reserve – centre hour, minute and seconds hands – instantaneous date with a rapid setting – stop-seconds for precise time setting
Bracelet: RLX titanium – three-piece solid links – folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link