The last watch on this list is the cheap fake Rolex Yacht-Master II ref. 116689. When the Yacht-Master II was unveiled in 2007, it was presented in a yellow gold version (ref. 116688) and a white gold version with a platinum bezel (ref. 116689). It’s the latter that is my pick for this list. Why did I pick this version? Because it maintains this special feature of combining a full platinum bezel with another metal, just like the steel-and-platinum luxury replica Rolex Yacht-Master ref. 16622 that I picked for the best Rolex super clone watches of the 1990s. I love this understated look when the materials are far from understated by nature.
The 1:1 fake Rolex Yacht-Master II. What to think of it? It’s a watch that has mostly lovers and haters. While I am not a “lover” per se, “hater” is also such a strong word. But I must admit that it is amongst my least favorite Rolex watches along with the current Air-King and the Sky-Dweller. What can I say?
I like my Rolex replica watches online clean and iconic, rather than big and loud. And a lot is going on with the 44mm Yacht-Master II dial. When the watch was introduced in 2007, Swiss made replica Rolex purists were not fans of it. It was big, loud, and featured its name on the bezel — everything that purists hated. However, it was more than that. The copy Rolex Yacht-Master II was developed to assist skippers in keeping track of time during the complicated starting sequence of a sailing regatta.
An interesting complication
Mike wrote an article about the AAA replica Rolex Yacht-Master II in his series “Wrist Game Or Crying Shame,” where he shines a more in-depth light on the watch and its functions. But the dial design is a result of the regatta countdown timer. This functionality allows the cheap copy watch to count backward from a specific starting point up to a maximum of 10 minutes. It’s a feature useful for sailing crews participating in a regatta, as the start of a race happens in stages. Additionally, the watch can correct the timer with a flyback/fly-forward function if it happens to fall out of sync with the official regatta reference timer. And lastly, the top replica Rolex features a mechanical memory, allowing you to reset back to the specified original countdown point at any time.
You get access to this functionality by the Ring Command Bezel directly connected to the Rolex caliber 4160. Essentially, the bezel serves as an on/off switch for the timer. Rotating the bezel 90 degrees allows you to access the timer, which is, in turn, set through the crown. Turning the bezel back into place locks the timer and activates the memory function. You can then operate the watch like a standard chronograph. The top pusher activates the start/stop functionality, and the bottom pusher operates the reset or the flyback/fly-forward functions. Swiss movement fake Rolex made this possible by heavily modifying the Caliber 4130 that was used and is still used for the Daytona. It operates at 28,800vph and has 42 jewels and a 72-hour power reserve. It’s an unusual movement with an interesting complication that really shows best quality replica Rolex’s technical skills.
Going below its list price
Is it also a useful complication? Most Rolex Yacht-Master II replica for men owners will not use its countdown regatta timer for its intended purposes. But neither do owners of a Submariner or a Daytona. The Yacht-Master II ref. 116689 is a luxury statement, first and foremost. Its 44mm white gold case and bracelet and the platinum bezel might give it a somewhat understated look compared to its full yellow gold brother, but it’s in no way a simple watch. Remarkably enough, the white-gold-and-platinum Rolex fake Paypal UK is more affordable than the full yellow gold version. The white gold ref. 116689 goes between roughly €30K and €50K, while the yellow gold ref. 116688 goes for prices between €40K and €55K. It makes the white gold exact copy Rolex Yacht-Master II ref. 116689 one of the very few Rolex sports watches that goes for less than its initial and current list price.