Reviewing the Replica Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master

In this feature from the WatchTime archives, we take a close look at the modern version of Replica Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master, with black Cerachrom bezel and Oysterflex bracelet. Original photos are by Nik Schölzel.

A water-resistant Oyster case, large hour markers and bold hands are essential elements of Replica Rolex Submariner, introduced in 1953 and made for use underwater. In contrast, Rolex’s Yacht-Master, launched in 1992, is a luxury liner – equally at home on board a yacht on the high seas or on land at a ritzy yacht club.

The Yacht-Master was the first watch in Rolex’s Professional Oyster Collection to come in three different case sizes: 29, 35 and 40 mm. The model we tested, launched last year, is offered in two sizes: 37 and 40 mm. We chose the larger version, which we measured at precisely 40.19 mm in diameter and 11.49 mm in height (excluding the magnifying “Cyclops” lens for the date).

The well-known Cyclops date lens was patented by Rolex in 1953 and introduced in 1954 on the Datejust. This magnifying device is made of sapphire, like the watch’s crystal, and has nonreflective coating on both sides. The jumping date advances exactly at midnight.

The watch is powered by a seasoned caliber, the Rolex 3135, used in the very first Yacht-Master in 1992. The 3135 debuted in 1988 in the Submariner. The blue Parachrom balance spring was added to the movement in 2005, five years after it was first introduced in the Cosmograph Daytona. Its paramagnetic alloy resists changes caused by temperature variations and magnetic fields.

The Parachrom balance spring is thinner than a human hair and up to 10 times more resistant to shocks than a conventional balance spring. Provided with an overcoil, it is attached to a large balance wheel with a variable moment of inertia. Fine adjustments are made using four gold Microstella regulating screws. The balance wheel is supported by a height-adjustable bridge. The entire construction ensures rate results that bring the Yacht-Master (as well as the other watches in the Oyster collection) to the rank of “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified.” These words on the Yacht-Master’s dial mean that the watch has endured 15 days and nights of testing by COSC in addition to a series of tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratory. Acceptable rate results for a Superlative Chronometer allow deviations of less than +/-2 seconds per day, while COSC’s test permits average deviations between -4 and +6 seconds per day. In addition, Rolex’s tests are carried out under conditions that correspond more closely to real-life situations than COSC’s tests and are conducted on fully assembled watches, while COSC tests just the movements.

The tests performed by Rolex include a water-resistance check. Unlike the Submariner, the Yacht-Master’s water resistance is “only” 100 meters. This means that the Yacht-Master is not designed to be a professional replica watch, which requires water resistance of at least 200 meters.

The Yacht-Master’s bidirectional bezel also keeps it from being a dive watch. The bezel on a dive watch usually rotates in only one direction so it won’t show a shorter dive time if it’s repositioned inadvertently. But the Yacht-Master’s bezel is impressive: it has 120 ratchets and shows graduations in 5-minute increments using both Arabic numerals and line markers. The first quarter has well-defined minutes markers. Polished, raised graduations on the ceramic inlay stand in relief against a sandblasted, matte black background. The bezel is made of Cerachrom, Rolex’s ceramic material. The Ceramic inlay is set in a deeply grooved ring made of Everose gold, Rolex’s rose-gold alloy. A grooved caseback seals the case hermetically and can only be opened using a special tool. Three dots on the screw-down crown indicate that this watch has been sealed with the Triplock sealing system, a triple water- resistance system developed by Rolex.

The screw-down crown sits securely inside the case between two crown guards. Releasing the crown allows it to spring away from the midsection, which makes it easy to use for manual winding, rapid date change and setting the hands.

The dial has a characteristic Rolex look. The applied markers and elongated triangle at 12 o’clock are filled with Rolex’s luminous substance, Chromalight, and are displayed on a matte black background. The hour hand has a “Mercedes” circle filled with Chromalight and the seconds hand has a luminous Chromalight dot. The stark contrast of black and white ensures excellent legibility during the day; at night the Chromalight emits a blue glow for easy reading in the dark.

This watch is the first Rolex with an Oysterflex bracelet. (We use the term “bracelet” rather than “strap” because the Oysterflex, unlike standard rubber straps, has metal on the inside.) Combining a rubber strap with a gold case is nothing new, but at Rolex, known for its conservative approach to design, it’s a major innovation. The patented bracelet has a core made of nickel-titanium alloy blades, which provide excellent flexibility and are coated with a black elastomer, a synthetic type of rubber. When the material is subjected to tension and pressure, it returns to its original shape quickly. It resists environmental changes and is long lasting, waterproof and hypoallergenic – a good alternative to a metal bracelet. The bracelet’s black color goes well with the ceramic bezel and with the Everose gold case, presenting a modern, two-tone look.

Inside the bracelet is a patented cushioning system that increases wearing comfort. The bracelet accommodates changes in wrist size. The single-sided Oysterlock folding clasp made of Everose gold offers additional flexibility; it allows for three length adjustments. Screws attach the clasp securely to the bracelet. A safety bar makes opening the clasp more difficult but prevents it from opening accidentally.

Vintage Replica Rolex GMT Master 1675 Auction: The Apollo 14 Ocean Recovery

Bob’s Watches is proud to offer a lifelong collection of Navy memorabilia, including a ref. 1675 Pepsi Rolex GMT- Master, from Thomas Francis Finley Jr., a United States Navy veteran who served for 28 years and retired as a Navy Captain.

We initially got in contact with Tom over the summer regarding his GMT Master and when we heard the extraordinary story we knew it needed to be told. That is why we created the Apollo 14 Ocean Recovery auction, featuring a vintage Rolex 1675 among other special items. The auction is organized as a single-lot auction to showcase this amazing story and piece of history and, in the process, find a new guardian for his priceless collection.

Tom joined the Navy in October 1966 and piloted the H3 helicopter throughout his career. He was involved with various special operations, including the retrieval of the astronauts from Apollo 14 after splashing down in the South Pacific Ocean on February 9, 1971.

Tom served a crucial role in the recovery of the Apollo 14 mission as he was the co-pilot of the helicopter that picked up the astronauts. Apollo 14 was the eighth crewed mission by the United States and the third to land on the Moon. The prime crew members were Alan B. Shepard Jr., Edgar D. Mitchell, and Stuart A. Roosa. It was on this mission that a famous video was recorded, depicting NASA astronaut Alan Shepard hitting a golf ball from the lunar surface using a makeshift club.

After splashing down in the South Pacific, the astronauts were transported by Tom’s helicopter to the USS New Orleans, which was the prime recovery vessel. From the USS New Orleans, the astronauts were then flown by Tom and his crew to Pago-Pago in American Samoa. 

Tom is now a volunteer at the USS Midway in San Diego and has been a docent for the last 17 years and an instructor on the ship for the last 15 years. He has logged nearly 8,000 volunteer hours aboard. Tom is ready to part with these possessions he has cared for over the last decades and for them to have a new caretaker. 

We recently visited Tom onsite at the USS Midway, where an HS3 Helicopter similar to the one he flew during the Apollo 14 recovery mission is parked. It was an honor to interview him about this lot aboard the prestigious ship.

A Watch and Jacket: Symbols of a Career in the Skies

Tom’s vintage Rolex GMT Master and flight jacket are among the most stand-out items in this lot.  However, he is also parting with other remarkable items associated with his Navy career, including photos of him wearing the watch, which is clearly recognizable as a famous Rolex Pepsi GMT, as well as other photos Tom took himself with his Kodak Instamatic camera on the day of the recovery. 

The original aviator’s flight book Tom used to log his missions also outlines the Apollo 14 recovery assignment, which he has so kindly tabbed to make it easier for its new owner to find.  The mission is distinguished by the code “IPO,” which stands for “Foreign Search & Rescue Special Operation.” Tom’s role during the mission is detailed even further in the accompanying flight schedule from that day.

Cruise books are like yearbooks, traditionally produced by US Navy ships after long deployments. The cruise book made for the USS New Orleans where Tom Finley was stationed, also called “The Moon Book,” is a unique piece of history that only adds to the value and collectability of this entire lot. Both of his photos in the book are marked off for easy reference.

Team Test: WorldTempus X Replica Breitling

This week, the editorial team encounters the Breitling Superocean

Jordy Bellido

What jumped out at me on this Superocean was the great legibility provided by the indexes and hands. Ideal for diving, these almost oversized elements make it possible to read the time at a glance thanks to their substantial dimensions. This is especially important when diving with oxygen tanks, as it allows the wearer to know how much time he or she has left before having to return to the surface. The contrast of the white dial with the dark blue further enhances this legibility. The Superocean is therefore a coherent watch from a practical point of view.

SuperOcean © WorldTempus

Jean-Christophe Teigner

Superocean, Superwatch. This collection is a success and this watch is really beautiful. Not too imposing compared to the image I had of Breitling replica and especially for a diving watch. It fits very well on the wrist, the time is very readable, and as I mentioned before, it has a really good look. Its price is really very reasonable. The strap is easily adjustable so you won’t have any problems wearing the watch over a wetsuit. It has a water-resistance rating of 300 meters, and pragmatically speaking, you’re not likely to dive to those depths. But it allows you to feel extra secure about its seaworthiness, so don’t hesitate to jump into the water. The work done by the Breitling team is truly remarkable and something you can’t help but notice. We hear how Breitling sent their people into the water to test the watch in real-life conditions with Kelly Slater, the surfing legend. Good for them! In the end, I would have wanted to keep this watch on my wrist longer… but it’s unfortunately already time to pass it on to the next Team Tester.

Brice Lechevalier

Think Superocean, and you feel the fresh air of the Atlantic. This is the watch I would have needed for my holidays in Hossegor and Cap Ferret, on the French Atlantic coast, favoured places for sport-chic par excellence. This new Superocean is immediately endearing (by the way, its adjustable folding clasp is really practical), cheerful, very readable, elegant with a touch of casualness and a nod to vintage with its square minute hand. Breitling had the good idea to issue it in several colours and four sizes (from 36 to 46mm) in order to put it within reach of all wrists. You can’t go wrong with this blue and white version, but I also find the khaki one a great success.

Suzanne Wong

Ok, so this is obviously a dive watch. It comes from Breitling’s well-known Superocean collection, which any serious watch journalist should know intimately. It also has all the aesthetic codes of a dive watch, such as the luminous hands and markers in geometric shapes for easy reading underwater, the rotating bezel with high-friction circumference, sturdy case build and rubber strap. However, its contemporary design and stylish colour palette, paired with its robust construction, makes it the ideal travel companion, whether you’re heading under the waves or over the clouds.

Sophie Furley

The WorldTempus team test started out as a journalist review by our core team at HQ, where each of us wear the watch for 24 hours, take some wrist shots, and share our thoughts in this wonderful weekly article. But the concept has literally taken over the office as everyone from our accountant to our graphic designer pop into the editorial office on a Monday morning to see what we are testing. Even the guys at our sister magazine Skippers have become curious about what we are up to. Why am I telling you all this instead of giving you a review of the new Breitling Superocean? Well, as I am in charge of this column, and the safety of all watches concerned, I have to admit that I lost track of this best replica watch several times as it got past from colleague to colleague around the office. Never have I seen the team so excited to get their hands on a watch and try it on. So, instead of reiterate all the great comments above, I just had to share this story as it is a true test of appreciation from the wider watch world. 

A summer selection of adventure Replica Rolex watches!

Explore underwater worlds with Panerai, brave icy mountain landscapes with Tudor, fear nothing of raging seas with Rolex… there’s still time to pick the watch for your summer adventures from Chronext

In the words of a wise man (whose name escapes me), “if you want to know what your timepiece is capable of, take it outdoors.” Indeed, whoever said a watch should spend its days locked away in a safe? If a Replica Rolex, a Tudor, a Panerai or a Breitling come at a (certain) price, it’s also because these are authentic tools, designed to go where we go and do what we do.

case for three watches green version

Tested to the limits
In addition to vintage, Chronext carries certified pre-owned watches as well as new models, all provided with a 24-month Chronext warranty. Combined with the strict testing protocols in place at brands, you can rest assured that these are remarkably reliable tool watches.

For example, Rolex’s Superlative Chronometer standard, introduced in 2015, tests for water-resistance as well as resistance to shocks, temperature variations and magnetic fields.

At Panerai – a brand with historic ties to professional diving – a watch must be perfectly water-resistant. End of. Its watches are tested to official standards plus a 25% safety margin. The most extreme Submersibles can withstand 250 bar of pressure. To reach this limit, you would need to make a (very probably hypothetical) dive to 2,500 metres.

Ice axe or Sex on the beach?
If you’re still searching for the watch that will make this summer the most memorable ever… don’t panic. Chronext has watches ready for delivery in time to make yours the best-dressed wrist on the beach. Take your pick!

  1. Head for distant lands with watches that feature a multiple time zone display. Try the Rolex GMT Master II or the Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime.
Rolex GMT Master II, Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime

Make a splash in the pool or swim with the fishes with the Rolex Sea-Dweller, the Rolex Submariner, the Omega Seamaster or the Panerai Luminor.

Rolex Submariner, Omega Seamaster, Panerai Luminor

3. Reach new heights or explore terrae incognitae with chronographs such as the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms on a khaki-brown textile strap, the Omega Speedmaster Professional or the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms

  1. Conquer extreme environments with the Tudor Black Bay Pro or the Rolex Explorer II, à la Adrian Bark of Bark & Jack in Zermatt, striking a pose in front of (and one day maybe on) the Matterhorn.

While the combinations of watch + activity are virtually endless – this is just a small selection –, the final choice will always come down to that all-important factor: your personal taste!