March 30, 2022
by Nick Lehner
In 2019, Rolex added a 42mm variant to the Yacht-Master range that became the largest size of the brand’s three-hand sailing watch. Despite being a larger-sized luxury watch, that model still flies somewhat under the radar, as it comes in a more subtle white gold color with a traditional black dial on an Oysterflex bracelet. At Watches and Wonders 2022, however, Rolex has changed that with two new references.
Model: Yacht-Master 42
Water Resistance: 100 meters
Case Material: 18K yellow or white gold
Crystal/Lens: Sapphire with cyclops and anti-reflective coating
Movement: Calibre 3235
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Price & Availability: $28,300 to $32,250 USD
The first new version is the yellow gold Rolex Yacht-Master 42. As with the earlier white gold model, it features a bidirectional rotating 60-minute bezel with a three-dimensional polished and matte black Cerachrom ceramic insert. The change points are that the case is now rendered in yellow rather than white gold. The black lacquer dial is also updated with yellow gold indices as well as yellow gold hands. Rolex describes this new finish as “Glowing with Brilliance.” Unlike white gold, it won’t be confused with stainless steel, so this model should be sure to draw more attention than the earlier version.
For buyers who prefer more neutral tones, the white gold Yacht-Master 42 is still in the Rolex catalog. Lucky buyers will soon be able to choose a second and very unique dial option though. Called “Falcon’s Eye,” the dial has an organic texture to it, as well as a blue-green hue that should be sure to look attractive in different types of light. As with all Rolex dials, it is designed and manufactured in-house, and largely by hand. The markers and hands of this model are made from white gold, and both models feature Rolex’s Chromalight blue luminescence.
As with the existing 42mm model, both new variants are equipped with Rolex Oysterflex bracelets. What appears to be a simple rubber strap is actually a flexible titanium and nickel alloy blade which is over-molded in what Rolex refers to as “high-performance black elastomer.” It is finished off with an 18k gold Oysterlock safety clasp that features the Rolex Glidelock extension system.
As it is only available in precious metals, the Yacht-Master 42 is one of Rolex’s less commonly seen and more expensive sports models. With these new releases, Rolex adds some desirable options to the line that give the luxury model a look that more accurately reflects its higher price point. These new Yacht-Master 42 models will be available through Rolex dealers at MSRPs of $28,300 to $32,250 USD. For more details, visit the brand’s website.