With the release of a so-called “new” Yacht-Master II which is not really a new Yacht-Master II, it’s almost as if Rolex ran out of ideas for Baselworld 2017 and threw something in at the last minute.
Are three slight cosmetic differences enough to be considered a new release? Nothing changed except for the hands and two out of twelve hour markers on the dial.
The model numbers are the same. The movements are the same. The size is the same. Even the lume is the same. And here’s the best part: The original blue gold hands are better looking than the new silver-tone white gold sport hands. As if the YMII wasn’t busy enough as it is. Now you have three different shapes of markers and hands that don’t match.
Any press is good press!
Maybe Rolex was making up for all of the radical changes they made to the Sea-Dweller (read about it here). Or maybe this is Rolex’s way to hook the Yacht-Master II up to an EKG machine (Baselworld) and shock it back to life. With their dealers dumping them at cost on the grey market, it makes you wonder.
What’s more incredible is that other watch blogs and journalists aren’t getting on The Crown’s case for this “new” watch release.
Should I buy the new or old Yacht-Master II?
It really comes down to which hands and markers do you prefer the most. You can buy a pre-owned Yacht-Master II for thousands below retail and have the hands/dial swapped out later if you really wanted to… and guess what? Other than the date on your warranty card it would be THE SAME watch. With scattered serial numbers, there’s not even a way to date the old and new models.
Which Rolex Yacht-Master II model do you prefer: The new 2017 or old 2014?