The source of inspiration for watch design is not only the plane flying in the sky, the racing car running on the ground, but also the connection with the maritime industry, and the relationship between watches and navigation is far longer than that of aircraft and cars. This article will introduce three nautical-inspired watches, including models designed with yachts as their source.
Yacht-Master, as the name suggests, is a watch related to yachts. In 1992, Rolex cooperated with the international sailing competition to launch the Yacht-Master watch. As soon as it sold, there was a lot of response, and then a 35mm diameter medium size version and a 29mm diameter women’s size version was also born.
The Yacht-Master combines extraordinary style and performance for every occasion at sea or on board. With its water resistance and sturdiness, the new Yacht-Master sailing watch is made of 18k white gold. It is the first time the Rolex Yacht-Master series has used this precious metal. , The middle case is cast from a solid 18ct white gold, polished and finished, and the case and lugs reflect an elegant luster on both sides, which makes the outline of the Oyster case more prominent and more attractive.
The watch is equipped with a matte black Cerachrom ceramic outer ring, a one-piece ceramic outer ring. This design is not only corrosion-resistant and scratch-resistant but also does not fade even when exposed to ultraviolet rays. The three-dimensional numerals and scales are made by ceramic casting. The first 15 minutes of the circle are marked with a minute scale for more precise timing. This state-of-the-art technology has developed a unique set of expertise and innovative high-tech equipment and production processes after years of painstaking research and development so that ceramic components can produce entirely independently.
The side crown has Rolex’s patented triple-lock triple waterproof system, which is firmly screwed to the case. The crown shoulder is integrated into the middle compartment to protect the winding crown. The sapphire crystal has an iconic small convex lens at 3 o’clock for easy reading of the calendar. Black lacquered dial, Chromalight luminous material ensures clear reading. The extra-large hands and hour markers are coated with bright fabrics, and a fast-paced instantaneous calendar is set up at 3 o’clock to enhance the practicality of the watch.
The watch is equipped with an Oysterflex strap, which is light and flexible. The inner lining is made of a flexible titanium-nickel alloy sheet. It once became the watch of choice for water sports and even sailing out to sea.