As most watch fans are aware Rolex has introduced a completely new model, the Yacht-Master II. This is news because it is only the fourth genuinely new watch Rolex has introduced in the past 50 years. The Yacht-Master II is also the first and only mechanical watch with a pre-selectable countdown function.
As a lead sponsor of the worlds foremost regattas and yachting events, Rolex is very in tuned with the needs of competitive sailors. This watch is useful to yatchmen because of the fact that rules governing the start of regattas differ from one to another, so not only does this watch allow the wearer to program a regatta countdown, it also allows for synchronization of the countdown timer with an external time signal while the timer is running. The Yacht-Master II can also prove useful to other applications which require a chronograph for brief intervals, such as auto racing.
Something I noticed right away while trying this watch on was the weight, unquestionably heavy at over 250 grams, I feel is not a problem at all, as it serves as a reminder that you are wearing something of high quality and value. The production of these watches will remain limited indeed, so the prestige of this model will be high. No comparable watch has ever been produced so explicitly designed for use in regattas.