Why I Bought The Rolex Yacht-Master 16622 (Again) | Coast Swimming

Why I Bought The Rolex Yacht-Master 16622 (Again) | Coast Swimming
Why I Bought The Rolex Yacht-Master 16622 (Again) | Coast Swimming

After I promote a watch from my assortment, there’s in all probability cause for it. I don’t have many regrets in that regard, however promoting my Rolex Yacht-Grasp 16622 again in 2009 is certainly one in all them.

I purchased my Rolex Yacht-Grasp 16622 in 2007, a pre-owned mannequin from 2004. In my assortment have been already a GMT-Grasp II, Sea-Dweller, and Datejust, so I assumed the Yacht-Grasp can be one thing totally different. It was a little bit of a bizarre selection and was, again then, considered a little bit of an unloved watch by collectors.

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Rolex Yacht-Grasp 16622

Even the vendor tried to speak me out of it once I was there. As a substitute, he provided me one of many new GMT-Grasp II fashions with a ceramic bezel. However no, I needed to have that Yacht-Grasp. It may not have been the everyday sports activities Rolex, however I preferred the quirky look and the mixture of platinum and metal. On the time, these watches value one thing like €4,000. The Rolex Yacht-Grasp 16622 rapidly turned one in all my most worn watches, but I offered it two years later.

I remorse Promoting My Rolex Yacht-Grasp 16622

I had cause although, on the time. For a few years, my dream watch was an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. In 2009, a neighborhood watch seller let me know he had a silvery-white dial Royal Oak 15300 (39mm) on the market. Positive, that wasn’t the “Jumbo” reference 15202 I needed to have, nevertheless it was, nonetheless, a powerful watch. You possibly can’t have all of it although, so I made a decision to promote my Rolex Yacht-Grasp 16622 to make manner for the AP.

AP 15202

The 15300 didn’t keep lengthy both, as my good friend Alon from Ace Jewelers referred to as me at some point to inform me he had a Royal Oak 15202 “Jumbo” on the market in his boutique. So I traded up and that was that. Now, what I missed most I assumed, was having a watch with a pleasant light-colored dial. I craved silvery-white, or platinum, for instance. So one 12 months later, I added the Royal Oak Chronograph 26300 with a silvery-white “Panda” dial. However that one was traded once more as nicely in 2013, to satiate my unending starvation for Omega Speedmaster watches.

Omega Speedmaster Rising Sun 522.

Speedmaster Rising Solar

That modified a bit when Omega introduced their Tokyo 2020 assortment of Speedmasters in 2018. The Video games that by no means occurred, you would say. Considered one of them, the Speedmaster with the grey dial and crimson bezel spoke to my creativeness essentially the most. I made a decision to purchase it. Really, three of us at Fratello determined to go after that one and Michael nicknamed it “The Rising Solar” on this article. A splendidly versatile watch, it jogged my memory as soon as extra of my Rolex Yacht-Grasp 16622, because the dial seemed so related. The dial of the Speedmaster Rising Solar appears prefer it’s manufactured from platinum, however it isn’t. I do love the Rising Solar although!

Rolex Yacht-Master 16622

Yacht-Grasp 16622

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Quick ahead to September 2020. Rolex introduces its new Submariner assortment. As one of many world’s most iconic dive watches, the Sub wants no introduction. By means of a pleasant watch seller (Van Schaften Horloges), we have been capable of get our fingers on all the brand new references without delay. However the proprietor additionally confirmed me his private Yacht-Grasp 116622. I noticed that I wanted that mannequin in my life.

The distinction between the 116622 and 16622 is principally the bracelet, because the later fashions include a extra stable clasp. I made a decision to promote my Rolex Submariner 114060 as I by no means was in love with it anyway, as quickly as I noticed the Yacht-Grasp 16622 is the one for me. Additionally, I had just lately picked-up a tritium-lumed Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600 (once more) as nicely, which I desire over any trendy Submariner. I’m not a Rolex collector by any means, and the Submariner and Sea-Dweller are a bit too shut to one another anyway.

Rolex Yacht-Master 16622

The Hunt

Now, searching for a pre-owned Rolex Yacht-Grasp isn’t significantly troublesome. I needed an early mannequin, a minimum of pre-2007, as that’s the 12 months when Rolex modified the dial a bit bit. The platinum dial misplaced that coarse grain and have become a bit smoother. I like to see that platinum grain in the summertime. Nevertheless, the difficult half when shopping for pre-owned Rolex watches over a sure age is that the bracelet may present an excessive amount of stretch. And, certainly, the primary watch I seemed for at a watch seller (though listed as “mint situation”) had a bracelet with manner an excessive amount of stretch. He additionally had a second Yacht-Grasp 16622 on the market, however with out the right field and paperwork. I reckoned that for my funds of €8,000, I ought to be capable of discover a full one.

Amsterdam Classic Watches (though the Yacht-Grasp can’t be thought of classic), appears to have a weak spot for the Yacht-Grasp as nicely, additionally because of its quirkiness, I assume. They provided a 2009 Yacht-Grasp for a particularly reasonable worth, nevertheless it was gone earlier than I may recover from to Amsterdam. They work on a primary come first serve, no reservation attainable foundation. That’s a pity, however no worries, there have been fairly just a few accessible. The issue is that The Netherlands is a small nation and many of the European provided Yacht-Grasp watches have been provided from Germany and Italy.

And as I wrote earlier, I don’t thoughts ordering a watch on-line, however I additionally wish to test the bracelet and situation of the watch in particular person. Shopping for outdoors Europe isn’t an possibility right here, as all of the delivery corporations are glad to register your watch with customs for you (they get a kickback price from the Dutch tax authority) and which means I can add a minimum of 25% to the worth I paid. Now, I don’t thoughts paying taxes (it means issues are going nicely I assume), however I additionally don’t wish to sponsor them greater than crucial.

Rolex Yacht-Master 16622

A 2004 Rolex Yacht-Grasp 16622 (once more)

I continued my hunt on Chrono24 and seen that Juwelier Burger had a Rolex Yacht-Grasp 16622 on the market as nicely. One which dates to 2004, similar to my first Yacht-Grasp and full with field and papers. The homeowners, Alfred & Monique, are tremendous pleasant and I’ve recognized them for a protracted (lengthy!) time. Earlier than ordering, I requested them if the bracelet was OK. Their boutique is a 5-hour spherical journey so Alfred informed me he would have the watch shipped to me, so I may test it myself.

The following day the Rolex Yacht-Grasp 16622 arrived in my workplace and I didn’t should assume lengthy, the watch is in nice situation. Not just for its age, however usually. No stretch, no injury, all the pieces full. Excellent! It virtually fitted the funds, so I couldn’t be happier.

Rolex Yacht-Master 16622

Not A Each day Wearer

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Now, the Rolex Yacht-Grasp 16622 isn’t a every day wearer for me. I put on my Speedmasters, Ploprof, or Globemaster more often than not. If I make an exception to these, it’s my Fratelloris or Grand Seiko. There’s additionally the trouble of getting watches from (and bringing them to) my secure, which is exterior. Nevertheless, the Rolex Yacht-Grasp 16622 does get extra wrist time than my Sea-Dweller or Datejust, in the case of Rolex.

Rolex Yacht-Master 16622

The Yacht-Grasp 16622 is an under-appreciated and due to this fact underrated watch, in my view. I don’t like how Rolex treats its clients in the present day, however sufficient has been mentioned about that in earlier articles. The identical manner goes for a way Rolex approved sellers are treating their shoppers, as a few of them promote these watches as “pre-owned” (1 week previous, you recognize it makes “sense”, I assume) of their retailers with a really beautiful premium. The truth that the Yacht-Grasp 16622 isn’t in style makes it an ideal buy for me. I additionally seen the brand new Yacht-Grasp references will not be a sufferer of hype additionally.

Rolex Yacht-Master 16622

Platinum and Metal

The Yacht-Grasp was first launched in 1992 as a full gold watch (reference 16628), however the 40mm Yacht-Grasp Rolesium was introduced in 1999. One of many predominant sights for me is the Rolesium. Rolex’s personal definition for the usage of stainless-steel and platinum. The bezel of the Rolex Yacht-Grasp 16622 is manufactured from platinum. Moreover, this 16622 has a dial manufactured from platinum as nicely.

Platinum provides a bit to the load of the Yacht-Grasp 16622. And is significantly heavier than a metal GMT-Grasp or Submariner of that period. The platinum dial has been discontinued some time in the past for the Yacht-Grasp, so the present ones are solely accessible with rhodium or blue dial. As written above, the Yacht-Grasp 16622 watches previous to 2007 have a coarser-grained dial. Watches from 2007/2008 onwards even have their rehaut engraved with Rolex and the serial quantity.

Caliber 3135

The 40mm diameter Rolex Yacht-Grasp makes use of the in-house produced 3135. Rolex used it for different watches with a date as nicely. Just like the Datejust, Sea-Dweller, or Submariner Date, for instance. A chronometer-certified motion with an influence reserve of 48 hours, 31 jewels, and an working frequency of 28,800vph. It’s a rock-solid self-winding motion, and my watchmaker retains telling me he can drink whereas servicing it. I don’t assume he means for it to sound as regarding because it does…

Rolex Yacht-Master 16622

Bi-directional platinum bezel

The Rolex Yacht-Grasp isn’t a dive watch. You’ll need the Submariner or Sea-Dweller to serve that goal. The Yacht-Grasp is a boating watch. This implies it’s a luxurious watch it is advisable to put on whereas sipping your favourite drink on a teak deck. Rolex has used the Yacht-Grasp title earlier than its official introduction in 1992. Among the prototype Cosmographs additionally had this title on the dial. The Yacht-Grasp appears much like the Submariner however has a bi-directional bezel (as an alternative of uni-directional). The fingers are comparatively extensive and it options massive hour markers. On the dial, you’ll discover the usage of Tremendous-LumiNova (Rolex launched their very own “Chromalight” solely in 2008). The screw-down Triplock crown and Oyster case warrant a water resistance of 100 meters, in fact.

Purchase What You Like

The explanation {that a} watch is inexpensive, low-cost, or under-the-radar isn’t a cause for me to purchase one. I made that “mistake” up to now and I ended up with a field labeled “Watches I by no means put on”. And, to be sincere, I can’t afford to have such a field. On this case, the nice factor is that I like the Rolex Yacht-Grasp like Gerard likes his bizarre Air-King and it’s a good coincidence that not many others do.

Not less than not in the identical quantity that seeks Submariners, GMT-Masters, Daytonas, and so on. I’m not very weak to look stress, so I couldn’t care much less if my Instagram feed isn’t as cool as yours. Purchase and put on what you want. I feel that can give essentially the most satisfaction in the long run. I’m glad that the Yacht-Grasp is again within the assortment, and right here to remain. Why not inform us concerning the ones that acquired away out of your assortment however discovered their manner again within the feedback beneath!

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