Rolex Yacht-Master Ref 116622 Bright Blue Dial
Another upgrade is the solid link bracelet with a spring-loaded Oyster locking clasp. This is a significant improvement over the buckle on Ref 16622. Rolex has also added a new bezel with 120 clicks in both directions. It’s not a game-changer, but it’s still noticeable compared to the previous model. Inside is the same 3135 movement.
There is no doubt that Ref 116622 is an upgrade to its predecessor. That’s why you can expect to pay quite a bit more for one. Somewhere in the neighborhood of $13,500-$15,500, depending on age and condition. Keep in mind that Rolex is producing this model all the way through 2018.
The current Rolex Yacht Prestige reference is Ref 126622. Unveiled in 2019, this watch looks like a carbon replica of its predecessor. From a visual point of view, it is. Rolex has tweaked the Yacht Prestige quite a bit at this point. As a result, there is not much to improve on the case and strap. And the blue and slate-colored dial options have become synonymous with the model.
One thing that did change, however, is the movement inside. Replica Rolex has added its upgraded version of the 3235 movements. The same movement will be found in the new Submariner in a year’s time. Rolex already uses it in the Datejust 41 and the Sea-Dweller. This self-winding mechanical movement holds a total of 14 patents. This includes the Chronergy escapement, which combines high energy efficiency with greater reliability. Made of nickel-phosphor, it is also insensitive to magnetic disturbances. A new barrel construction and exceptional efficiency mean a 70-hour power reserve.
Like the 3135, the 3235 is Super Chronometer certified. This means it is extremely precise (-2/+2 seconds per day) and reliable. It also features an instantaneous date at 3 o’clock, with a secure quick setting.
The fake Rolex Yachtmaster 40 Ref 126622 has a suggested retail price of around $11,800. This makes it quite a bit more expensive than the Submariner. Of course, that doesn’t mean much, as neither watch is available at retail. At least not for the average person who doesn’t have a history of buying them and walking down the street.