Personally I probably will not wear simply because I am still not convinced about paying a premium for a customized luxury watch you have already paid a premium for in its original form and because I feel that I feel these pieces lose a certain amount of credibility once they are customized.
This in and of itself is standard fare on the Yacht-Master but when paired with that gorgeous black dial it becomes reminiscent of the Red Submariners and Double-Red Sea Dwellers of yesteryear, not to mention all the modified rolex replica you see these days from the likes of Bamford Watch Department and Titan Black Out. The rear has also been fitted with a sapphire exhibition case back so that the wearer can peer in at the inner workings of the superb replica Rolex movement.
My first observation – and it is a rather obvious one, I give you that – is that the new replica Rolex Yacht-Master is one seriously good looking timepiece. Presented in a dazzling 18k Everose gold case what really sets this watch off is the black cerachrom bezel with raised numerals. More on what cerachrom actually is in a minute but firstly, let’s just take a moment to appreciate how nicely the case, bezel and dial all tie together.
I think it’s fair to say though that what has really got people talking is the matte black ceramic bezel/18k Everose gold case combination. Carved from ceramic, Rolex debuted their new Cerachrom bezels a few years back (I think the first time was the Pepsi GMT-Master II in 2014 if memory serves correct?) and have not looked back.
Plus the addition of the brand’s newly developed and patented Oysterflex bracelet gives it that extra touch of sportiness, although the gold makes you feel like you could still get away with wearing it with a suit (I know I certainly will ). In accord to Rolex the Oysterflex bracelet offers a sporty alternative to metal bracelets without compromising robustness, waterproofing or reliability.
Presented in Rolex’s famed Oyster case, the Yacht-Master is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet) down. Green is a long-running corporate signature of Rolex, and for 2017, the Geneva giant doubled-down with a second helping of verdure. That’s waterproof mind you, not water-resistant. Best of all, the Yacht-Master is available in two different case sizes, 40mm and 37mm. The 40mm (Ref 116655) is powered by the in-house made caliber 3135 automatic movement while the smaller 37mm (Ref. 268655) contains the 2236 automatic movement and as you will expect both are COSC-certified chronometers.
It is also, surprisingly enough, the first time replica Rolex watches has ever made a Yacht-Master with a matte black dial and when you look at how nice it looks you can’t help but think; “what the heck took them so long?” I particularly like the red print for the Yacht-Master designation across the bottom, just above 6 o’clock.
The contrast this innovates with the applied baton numerals with luminous accents, as well as the luminous hands, is really quite delightful to look at, giving the replica watches a very unique style. It works so well together nevertheless that those who don’t know any better will probably just assume that it started out life with a brown dial.