Rolex Yacht-Master

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REF 16628B
Automatic
40 MM
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SKU AS06515
Article Number 40921785
ref 16628B
case size 40 MM
movement Automatic Winding
approximate age 2000s
dial color Exotic
material Yellow Gold
style Sport
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Metal
lug width 20 MM
Includes 18K Yellow gold Oyster bracelet with signed fliplock clasp (78768B/108). Also includes papers from Alpha Omega, Natick MA dated 8/6/2005.
overall condition The case is in outstanding condition overall showing signs of light professional refinishing and faint wear from gentle use. Luminous gloss white dial with applied 'onyx' indices is in as-new condition with matching handset. Signed crown.
REF 16628B
Automatic
40 MM
– Show less
SKU AS06515
Article Number 40921785
ref 16628B
case size 40 MM
movement Automatic Winding
approximate age 2000s
dial color Exotic
material Yellow Gold
style Sport
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Metal
lug width 20 MM
Includes 18K Yellow gold Oyster bracelet with signed fliplock clasp (78768B/108). Also includes papers from Alpha Omega, Natick MA dated 8/6/2005.
overall condition The case is in outstanding condition overall showing signs of light professional refinishing and faint wear from gentle use. Luminous gloss white dial with applied 'onyx' indices is in as-new condition with matching handset. Signed crown.

Why We Love it

It's not very often that Rolex does something new.

Indeed, when most people think of a Rolex wristwatch, chances are they are picturing a Datejust, Submariner, GMT-Master, or Daytona. This simple name recognition and model association is part of why Rolex is as successful as they are, and why so many of their watches set the bar for iconography in timepieces. With that said, it makes their "oddball" pieces all the more intriguing!

Enter The Yacht-Master. Introduced in 1992, this was a spiffed up lite diver, and rumor has it — if you can even believe it — was originally intended to replace the Submariner all together. Of course, that did not happen. What we did get, however, was a sporting, more polished, higher-end lite diver, complete with a timing bezel, screw down crown, a sporting Oyster bracelet, sapphire crystal, and the build quality that the world had come to expect with any other Rolex.

The Yacht-Master line continues to expand until this day, now offering a wide range of sizes, metals, and bracelet options.

This particular example, a Reference 16628, dates to circa 2004 and features a 40mm solid 18k yellow gold Oyster case with a magnified sapphire crystal, a signed crown, a yellow gold bi-directional rotating bezel, a crisp and flawless luminous white dial with applied onyx indices and a matching handset, and a matching solid yellow gold Oyster bracelet with a signed fliplock clasp.

This piece remains in excellent condition throughout and serves as an interesting alternative to a Submariner with a bit of added flair without sacrificing any of the daily-wearability and versatility of a Sub.

We think that these are pieces are overlooked by many, but if a luxury sports watch is what you’re after, stop right here — this is one of the best!

Brand Story

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Though much younger than many of its heavy-hitting horological cousins, Rolex has been at the fore of contemporary watch design virtually since its inception in 1905 by founder Hans Wilsdorf. A veritable marketing genius, Wilsdorf understood the power of story, associating his watches with the most notable and intrepid athletes, explorers, soldiers and politicians of the 20th century. His efforts were clearly successful: Today, the word “Rolex” is nearly synonymous in the minds of millions around the word with “watch.”

From the early waterproof Oyster case of the 1920s through to the ultra-complicated Sky Dweller of today, Rolex models and innovations have captivated a global audience and permeated the zeitgeist unlike those of any other brand. Whether it’s a simple, time-only Air King, a function-first Submariner or a complicated GMT Master II for the jet set, a Rolex commands a certain respect on the wrist and says something about the discerning eye of its owner.

From the swimming of the English channel in 1927 to the scaling of Mt. Everest in 1953, Rolex watches have been associated with adventure for the better part of a century. Despite its association since the 1970s more with luxury and status than with commando operations behind enemy lines or sporting achievements, Rolex still makes one of the most robust timepieces available on the contemporary market. And the company continues to support scientific endeavors around the world.

Interestingly, for most of the firm’s history, Rolex largely did not produce its components in-house, including its movements. (Indeed, hand-wound Daytonas sold today at auction for eye-watering prices feature run-of-the-mill Valjoux movements that feature in watches from hundreds of other brands). It wasn’t until the early 21st century that Rolex became the vertically integrated manufacturing behemoth that it is today, purchasing everything from movement manufacturers to bracelet companies. (Notably, the Crown even forges its own gold.)

Whether one is attracted to the rich history of the brand or simply finds its products notable from an investment perspective, Rolex is a company whose wares are guaranteed to remain a benchmark for horological quality forever.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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