At 2015 Baselworld Watch Fair, the first appearance of Rolex Yacht-Master 40mm 116655 made a hit. It’s the first time that rubber watchband is applied to a Rolex watch. The Yacht-Master embodying the spirit of the sailor becomes the first collection with rubber watchband. Rolex gets 18ct Everose gold patented in 1996, black ceramic and black rubber together. Most steps in the process making the dial are finished by hand. A cyclops lens improves readability for wearers. The Yacht-Master’s Oysterflex watchband is developed and patented by Rolex. High-performance black rubber wrapping the blade is particularly resistant to environment effects. The inside of the watch bracelet is set with a patented longitudinal cushion system which can encircle the wrists tightly and comfortably. With Cal. 3135, reference 116655 is certified as a superlative chronometer. Many celebrities were spotted with the Yacht-Master 116655, such as Ed Sheeran, Ellen Degeneres, Jon Flanagan, Valentino Rossi, Yaya Toure and more. Along with the high reputation, fake or replica edition spreads out in the market. Today, I introduce advantages of three of them.
1. 1:1 Best Edition With Swiss ETA 2824-2
I consider the first replica as the best one of three. It’s produced seriously according to technical data. From the following contrast pictures, we know the replica watch includes good craftsmanship. Watch case (lugs included) and the crown are made of 316 L stainless steel with strong resistance to corrosion and abrasion. Steel watch case is plated with rose gold. Rolex created and patented an exclusive 18 ct pink gold alloy cast in its own foundry: Everose gold. The same color as Rolex Everose gold is hard to be mixed, but this replica watch nearly has the same hue. Plated film sapphire crystal features better visual effect. Black rubber watchband with a longitudinal cushion system encircles the wrists comfortably from 16-21mm. Bidirectional rotating bezel is used to recording diving, exercise or boating time. Water resistant to approximately 50 meters. Swiss ETA 2824-2 and good craftsmanship determine its quality and price.
2. 1:1 Replica Edition With Asian Clone ETA 2824-2
This replica Yacht-Master watch is cheaper than the first one, because it’s equipped with Asian Clone ETA 2824-2. For watch case and watch band, there is no differences between the first and the second. Asian clone 2824-2 isn’t inferior to the original, but Swiss-made movements have a higher reputation in the world. The replica has bidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated bezel, date and hours-minutes-seconds.
3. Replica Rolex Yacht-Master 40mm with Asian Mechanical Movement
The cheapest watch of three, 40mm, Asian mechanical movement. Rose gold plated watch case in stainless steel. Hard-wearing sapphire crystal. Black rubber watchband insert without blade. The bezel can’t be rotated. Overall exterior looking seems cheap. It has the only advantage-low price.