The Oysterflex Bracelet – A first for Rolex11:02 am
As the curtains went up at the Rolex event at Baselworld, everyone was thrilled to see the new Yachtmaster. But as excited as people were, they were surprised to see a rubber strap on the new watch. But we should’ve known that the brand itself doesn’t believe in the ordinary, even if it means re-imagining the rubber strap entirely. It’s the New Oysterflex Bracelet from Rolex, a game changer in many ways for the watchmaker.
An update for the Yacht-Master was long due and it seems as though Rolex has heard it’s loyalists during the unveiling with the induction of the new Yacht-Master ‘Rose Gold’. This is bold coming from Rolex because for the first time, they have gone away from the previous stainless steel versions of the Yacht-Master and in fact, this one is the series’ first-ever 18k rose gold case, co-ordinated with a nice black ceramic bezel and the brand’s new and one of a kind “Oysterflex” bracelet in matte black which we’ll come to:
The Oysterflex Bracelet:
The other first on the new Yacht-Master is the ‘revolutionary’ black Oysterflex bracelet, which looks like a rubber strap at first glance but is a lot more than that. Rolex calls it a bracelet, equipped with a patented “longitudinal cushion” system that gives the wearer “comfort of a strap and the tough resistance and stability of a bracelet.” After wearing the timepiece we can agree that it is, in fact very sturdy and comfortable at the same time. The clasp of this bracelet is also made of rose gold and should you require an additional strap for this watch, you will have to request Rolex as they’ve patented this strap concept entirely!
The 40mm Rolex Yacht-Master 116655 runs on the tried and tested Rolex calibre 3135, an automatic movement that has powered many of the Rolex Submariner Date watches, guaranteeing you accuracy of time, and is, of course COSC certified.
A High-End Lifestyle Sports watch:
The Yacht-Master has always held a unique position in Rolex’s sport watch family: it was never designed to be a professional diving watch, like the Submariner or GMT-Master. Yacht-Master, as the name suggests was meant to be a watch for people who sail, own or are passionate about yachts, meaning those who are looking for a timepiece that wouldn’t compromise on style and status and would be their companion for a certain degree of activity, with obviously a bit of water resistance. Summarized in a few words: a high-end lifestyle sport watch.
And the latest offing checks all those boxes and adds a few precious ones too. Rolex’s own rose gold has been used for its iconic Oyster case, and they’ve beautifully complimented it with a matte black Cerachrom (Rolex’s ceramic) bezel with polished, raised black numerals and indices. The matte black dial is laminated with Rolex’s own patented Chromalight, a luminous substance whose glow lasts longer than that of Super-LumiNova, and has been used for the first time on a Yacht-Master.
This watch does mark the beginning of a new era of watches coming from Rolex. The Yacht-Master is testimony to the fact that they’re willing to do something new, whilst respecting the heritage that makes them who they are, which is not easy for most brands, but coming from Rolex you’d expect them to always deliver quality and this is, in fact a fantastic timepiece. Watch enthusiasts and connoisseurs around the world have given this watch a thumbs up and we’re more than sure a lot of people are going to like this new black and gold twist to the Rolex Yacht-Master. A rare, sporty watch with many new additions and a one of a kind bracelet.
(Image courtesy: Rolex and Ablogtowatch)
Features Writer, The Watch Guide
Rahul is a watch and sports lover currently living in New Delhi. Having worked as a journalist and a copywriter previously, he is now thrilled to be a part of a team that loves, lives and breathes wristwatches. After joining Ethos and The Watch Guide team, his interest for the world of horology grew and is now completely and hopelessly hooked on watches.