Rolex presents a new Yacht-Master 42 watch featuring RLX Titanium case and bracelet.
Back in 2022, the world-renowned Swiss watchmaking house introduced RLX Titanium in the Deepsea Challenge diving watch. Now, the brand presents a new Yacht-Master 42 mm model (226627) with this extremely strong but lightweight alloy.
Introduced in 1992 and designed specifically for navigators and skippers, the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master blends functionality and nautical style. Available in various case sizes, this timepiece stands out with its immediately recognizable design topped with a bidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated bezel in precious metal or fitted with Cerachrom insert in ceramic.
In 2019, Rolex launched the Yacht-Master 42 mm series, and during the Watches and Wonders 2023 exhibition its RLX Titanium variant was unveiled.
Rolex Yacht-Master 42 RLX Titanium
In this new version with a black dial (reference 226627-0001), the case, rotating bezel and bracelet are made or 42 RLX Titanium (grade 5 titanium).
The bezel comes fitted with a Cerachrom insert in matt black ceramic featuring raised and polished numerals and graduations. The first 15 minutes are graduated minute-by-minute to allow time intervals to be read with great precision. The bezel can also be turned with ease thanks to its knurled edge, which offers excellent grip.
It also boasts a special feature of Rolex watches in RLX titanium: satin finish with a visible grain, which appears on the middle case sides, the edges of the bracelet links and the sides of the clasp cover. The chamfered top edges of the middle case lugs have a high-sheen finish, while the crown guard is polished.
A Superlative Chronometer, the new Yacht-Master 42 RLX Titanium comes with an intense black dial in a fine satin finish and a date window at 3 o’clock.
Beating inside the watch is calibre 3235, an in-house self-winding mechanical movement with a power reserve of 70 hours. Entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex, this movement was released in 2015. Launched in 2019, the 42mm diameter version of Yacht-Master watch utilizes this calibre.
Thanks to the Oyster case design, the watch is waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet). The Rolex Yacht-Master 42 RLX Titanium comes with an Oyster bracelet featuring the Easylink comfort extension link.
The other features of this timepiece includes the screwed down case back with fine fluted edges, Triplock winding crown with a triple waterproofness system, integral crown guard and scratch-proof sapphire crystal glass with a Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock for easy reading of the date.
Model: Rolex Yacht-Master 42 RLX Titanium, Reference 226627-0001
Oyster (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown)
Integral crown guard
Diameter: 42 mm
Thickness: 11.60 mm
Lug width: 21 mm
Middle case: RLX titanium, technical satin finish, high-sheen finish and polished finish
Bezel: RLX titanium, bidirectional rotatable bezel with 60-minute graduated monobloc Cerachrom insert in matt black ceramic; polished, raised graduations and numerals, first 15 minutes graduated minute-by-minute
Case back: RLX titanium, solid, screw-down with fine fluting
Winding crown: Triplock in RLX titanium, screw-down, triple waterproofness system
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Cyclops lens over the date with double anti-reflective coating
Waterproofness: 100 metres (330 feet)
Calibre 3235, Manufacture Rolex
Mechanical movement with bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Precision: −2 /+2 sec./day, after casing
Frequency: 28,800 beats/hour (4 Hz)
Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
Large balance wheel with variable inertia
High-precision regulating via four gold Microstella nuts
Traversing Balance Bridge
High-performance Paraflex shock absorbers
Escapement: Chronergy with optimized energy efficiency; Paramagnetic nickel-phosphorus pallet fork and escape wheel
Jewelling: 31 rubies
Power reserve: Approximately 70 hours
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands
Instantaneous date at 3 o’clock with secure rapid-setting
Stop-seconds for exact time setting
Intense black, matt, fine satin finish
Hour markers in 18 ct white gold, highly legible Chromalight (long-lasting luminescence, blue glow)
Hands in 18 ct white gold, highly legible Chromalight (long-lasting luminescence, blue glow)
Oyster, three-piece solid links
RLX titanium, technical satin finish, ceramic inserts
Oysterlock folding safety clasp
Easylink comfort extension link (approx. 5 mm)
Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing)
International five-year guarantee
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42 watch is also available in White gold (ref. 226659) and Yellow gold (ref. 226658) versions.