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There is big news, and there is Rolex big news, and in some ways, ne'er the twain shall meet. At Baselworld this year, Rolex debuted a first for the company: the very first, ever, Rolex delivered on a rubber strap. Now, for most companies this would have little effect on watch enthusiasts other than to evoke (very) tepid interest at best, and boredom at worst – but this is not an ordinary rubber strap, this is an official, designed-and-tested-and-thoroughly-obsessed-over-by-Rolex rubber strap. And thereby hangs a tale.

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The Yachtmaster, as we have mentioned in some of our previous coverage , occupies a somewhat particular place in Rolex’s lineup of sports watches; it shares water-resistance and a turning bezel with the Submariner (the latter is water resistant to 300 m while the Yachtmaster standard model is water resistant to 100 m). It is certainly not a tool watch; the Yachtmaster is offered in either platinum and steel, or gold and steel (that’s Rolesium and Rolesor, lest we forget) and is either quietly or unequivocally luxurious depending on what size and metal you go for (Rolex makes the Yachtmaster in both 35 mm and 40 mm sizes). 

The Yachtmaster’s history goes back to the first introduction of the watch in 1992, although the name, interestingly enough, appears on the dial of a prototype Yachtmaster Chronograph from the late 1960s (a watch so legendary I am actually forced to use the word; one of three known is in the collection of Mr. John Goldberger; we covered it – and a host of other remarkable ultra-rare watches from his collection – in a very memorable episode of Talking Watches ).

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The term “Yachtmaster” is also, incidentally, used for a certificate of competency in yachting which is issued by the Royal Yachting Association, although we’re unaware of any specific association between the RYA and the Yachtmaster watch.

Now, this newest version of the Yachtmaster does take a few pages from the existing Yachtmaster playbook: 100-meter water resistance, a bidirectional turning bezel, and a dial and hands that echo the Submariner. There are also a couple of features that may make vintage Sub enthusiasts wonder if Rolex mightn’t have an exceedingly subtle sense of humor; the gilt coronet and “Rolex,” and the red lettering, both features which according to HODINKEE founder Ben Clymer would have, had they appeared on a Rolex dive watch, made it instantly the single most popular watch in the modern Rolex inventory. The case is rose gold – Rolex famously makes their own, called Everose, in their own foundry, with a bit of platinum mixed in to prevent discoloration – and the bezel, rather than being some other precious metal (as is the case in the “standard” Yachtmasters) is in black Cerachrom – a very technical-looking matte black that contrasts sharply with the gold case. Somehow, between the rose gold, the Cerachrom bezel, and the new Oysterflex bracelet this manages to be the most luxurious and at the same time most technical Yachtmaster yet (leaving aside the Yachtmaster II, which we recently reviewed right here , but that is a watch that marches to the beat of a different drummer entirely).

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The two different versions of the Everose Yachtmaster (40 mm and 37 mm) sport different movements; the larger uses the caliber 3135 and the smaller, the newer 2236, which sports the “Syloxi” silicon balance spring (first used by Rolex in 2014).

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The Oysterflex bracelet is, in a nutshell, quite a piece of work. One of the most endearing traits of Rolex as a company is that it tends to demonstrate what we can only describe as a laudable degree of corporate obsessive-compulsive disorder when it comes to research and development, and it does so, often, without making any sort of fanfare about it at all. In this case we do know a little bit about the Oysterflex, however – it is basically designed to have the hypoallergenic and comfort properties of a rubber strap and the durability and shape-retention properties of a bracelet. 

At the core of the Oysterflex bracelet are metal inserts made of titanium and nickel, which are used to affix the bracelet to the clasp and watch case; over those is a sheathing of “high-performance black elastomer.” “Elastomer” is a portmanteau word, formed from “elastic” and “polymer” and is a general term for natural and synthetic rubbers. In addition to the materials complexity of the Oysterflex bracelet, it is also shaped in a rather unusual fashion – there are ridges molded into the the wristward face of the bracelet, which are intended to allow the bracelet when worn to better approximate the natural curvature of the wrist.

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They might look a bit odd but in practice, the design works out quite wonderfully; this is easily the most downright comfortable and organic-feeling rubber strap I have ever worn, and like the entire watch manages to be both extremely technical in feel, and very luxurious at the same time; I doubt whether any company has ever taken so much trouble over the design of a strap (for all that Rolex prefers the term “bracelet” in describing the Oysterflex, habit dies hard and you’ll probably find yourself calling it a strap, just as we did). On the wrist, the two stabilizing ridges do exactly what they are supposed to: keep the watch from shifting, as heavier watches on rubber straps are wont to do, without requiring you to have the strap uncomfortably tight. The Everose Oysterlock clasp does a superb job mechanically and also looks fabulous into the bargain; the quality of finish on the clasp and case may not seem terribly elaborate at first, but it is as technically flawless as anything I have ever seen at any price, on any watch.

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What we have here, in other words, is a very Rolex interpretation of luxury. Yes, this is a gold watch, and a gold Rolex, and wearing a gold Rolex always carries with it, shall we say, certain semiotic complexities. However there is also another side to the watch, and to the Rolex approach to luxury in general: the taking of such pains to produce technical perfection that technical perfection becomes a luxury in itself.

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The Everose Rolex Yachtmaster, in Rolex Everose, with Everose Oysterclasp and Oysterflex bracelet, as shown, $22,000 in 37 mm, and $24,950 in 40 mm. For more info, check out

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Owner Review: Rolex Yacht-Master 40 126622

What's it like to wear the rolex yacht-master.


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Rolex Yacht-Master 126622

Before we get to my Rolex Yacht-Master 40 126622 review, we need some background. In 1992 Rolex introduced a watch that shared the silhouette of their beloved Submariner but in solid 18k yellow gold, embossed YG bezel insert soldered to the bezel, funky white dial, and the unusual name “Yacht-Master” written where “Submariner” would normally live. People then and now still wonder.. “Why?”.

Rumor has it Rolex wanted to drastically update the Submariner but were scared that the changes were too extreme. The Submariner was essentially their poster child and arguably their most iconic watch. Fearing backlash, they created a whole new line. Rolex rarely creates completely new watches, the last time they made a new watch before the Rolex Yacht-Master was in 1964 when the Daytona was introduced. Luckily it paid off as the Yacht-Master was pretty well received!

Even though the Rolex Yacht-Master 40 at first glance looks very similar to the Submariner it’s a totally different wearing experience. The case shape is completely different from the Sub. Its case profile is composed of compound curves with the lugs swooping downwards very similar to a Daytona, the case is also fully polished. My particular Rolex Yacht-Master 40 126622 being Roleisum (Rolex’s term for the combination of Platinum and Steel which was first introduced in 1999 with the ref. 16622), in combination with the blue sunburst dial and red accents, gives it such a unique aesthetic it sets it apart in Rolex’s catalog. Rolex I think perfected their blue dials, it’s absolutely gorgeous! Pictures do not do it justice whatsoever. In person, it appears much darker, almost black however in direct light that’s when the striking blue hue pops. The date function is also very convenient!

Rolex Yacht-Master

What is it like to wear a Rolex Yacht-Master? I would describe it as the most comfortable and stressful watch I have ever worn and owned. What most people don’t realize is that it’s a thin watch and I mean THIN. At 11.5mm it’s just as thin or even thinner than a 34mm 114200 Air-King! Like what? The case hugs your wrist amazingly while the oyster bracelet seems to caress you. It makes you want to wear it every single day, I mean how could you not? Thin, sporty, beautiful, comfortable and low key a strap monster. Until you see a scratch or nick on the solid Platinum bezel insert, call up Rolex Service Center to see how much it would be to replace it and they slap you in the face with a $2500 (before taxes) quote for JUST the bezel/bezel insert assembly (they’re soldered together remember?). Then you think “Okay, okay which Seiko ’s do I sell to cover the cost of a freaking bezel”. Did I mention the case is fully polished?

Has this ever happened to me? No, because I’m extremely OCD, however I was curious and called RSC, I also used to own the 16622 and was trained to wear long sleeves only, only wear it sparingly, cover my wrist when walking through doorways, never let it touch denim (yes, denim will scratch it apparently), and for all I know never sneeze near it or even look at it too long because for all I know that could probably scratch it too. To top it all off, of COURSE the bracelet and clasp has Polished Center Links! While I am exaggerating the fragility of the Rolex Yacht-Master, the stress of potentially scuffing it is real.

Rolex Yacht-Master

The Rolex Yacht-Master 40 126622 is arguably one of my favorite watches ever made. I never thought I’d ever get to own one. It’s beautiful, ridiculously comfortable, relatively uncommon, however so stressful to wear. I have owned it for almost exactly one year and I personally try to enjoy every second I wear it; I even strap changed it with zero scuffs! I have and I do but my OCD and extreme caution lends itself to be a difficult one to fully appreciate without worry. I’ve debated if this watch was right for me all the time. However, I would recommend this watch to anyone minutely interested. I have no regrets having owned two of them like an insane person, but who in the watch collecting world isn’t insane?

Rolex Yacht-Master 40 126622

  • Very comfortable to wear.
  • Beautiful aesthetics.
  • Has many color ways.
  • Stressful to wear.
  • Scratches relatively easily.
  • Difficult to even buy.

Review Breakdown

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Rolex Yacht-Master Watch Review

Rolex yacht-master review.

Rolex has built a reputation on their classic and timeless designs. They’re not one to release a new model every other year. In fact, after the launch of the Daytona in 1963, it would be nearly another 30 years before they’d debut an entirely new model. That model was the Rolex Yacht-Master. Here, we’ll provide a Rolex Yacht-Master review, including key features of the Rolex Yacht-Master, the history of the Rolex Yacht-Master through the years, and notable wearers.

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List of Key Features of the Rolex Yacht-Master

  • Case: Available in three different sizes – 37mm, 40mm, and 42mm – and two materials – gold or two-tone gold and platinum
  • Bezel: Bidirectional, rotatable, 60-minute graduated bezel
  • Crown: Screw-down, Triplock, water-resistant crown system
  • Depth Rating: 100 meters of water resistance
  • Movement: Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding movement manufactured by Rolex
  • Band: Offered with either an Oyster bracelet or Oysterflex strap

History of the Rolex Yacht-Master through the Years

The very first  Rolex Yacht-Master  was the Reference 16628. The brand only offered the model in a 40mm, 18-karat yellow gold case with a white dial. The Ref. 16628 also came equipped with a screw-down, Triplock crown and boasted 100 meters of water resistance. Inside, it housed the Caliber 3135 movement.

For the first several years, Rolex only made minor changes to the Yacht-Master line. In 1994, they released a slightly different iteration of the Yacht-Master: the Reference 68628. This variation was smaller, with a 35mm case. That same year, they also added a women’s version of the Yacht-Master: the Reference 69628. It showcased an even more modest case size, measuring just 29mm.

In 1999, Rolex introduced the first major update to the Yacht-Master collection. That year, they debuted an all-new, patented combination of metals created specifically for the Yacht-Master. They called this two-tone combination of stainless steel and platinum, Rolesium . At the annual Basel World Fair, Rolex launched the material in three different sizes. These included the 40mm Reference 16622, 35mm Reference 168622, and the 29mm Reference 169622.

The next update to the Yacht-Master collection came in 2005. That year, Rolex added another two-tone variation to the line, this time in stainless steel and 18-karat yellow gold. They offered the new colorway in the 40mm Reference 16623. Two years later, Rolex made the most significant change to the Yacht-Master line with the addition of the Yacht-Master II . However, the lineage of the original Yacht-Master has continued.

Rolex Yachmaster Crown view

In 2012, Rolex released the next notable upgrade for the Yacht-Master with the Reference 116622. While the model retained its 40mm sizing, it featured an all-new “super case” with different styling. In addition, it boasted an all-platinum bezel as opposed to a combination of platinum and stainless steel. Last but not least, it came equipped with a refined version of the Oyster bracelet featuring an upgraded clasp.

Three years later, Rolex debuted another first for the brand in the Yacht-Master collection’s Reference 116655. This time, instead of a new metal, they introduced their own rigorously designed and tested variation of the rubber strap. The Oysterflex bracele t marked the first-ever rubber strap for the brand. Ever since, it’s become a staple of the Yacht-Master collection.

In the past several years, Rolex has continued to make subtle updated and additions to the Yacht-Master line. One of the latest releases is the Yacht-Master 40 with a multi-color, gem-set bezel. More recently in 2019, Rolex introduced the first 42mm time-and-date Yacht Master Reference 226659.

Deep Dive on Key Features of the Rolex Yacht-Master

For years, 40mm was the standard sizing for the Yacht-Master. The smaller, 35mm variation was the only alternative up until around 2016. Rolex has since replaced it with the 37mm iteration for a smaller option. In addition, it’s only been since 2019 that Rolex has made a larger, 42mm option available.

Rolex Yachtmaster Blue Dial

One of the most notable key features of the Rolex Yacht-Master is the bidirectional, rotatable, 60-minute graduated bezel. Its design helps skippers measure and anticipate the crucial countdown interval leading up to the start of a regatta or sailing race. The screw-down, Triplock crown is another key feature of the Rolex Yacht-Master. This water-resistant system has been a staple of the model since its inception.

With only 100 meters of water resistance, the Yacht-Master is perfect for enjoying a day on the water as opposed to scuba diving. Yet, its in-house, perpetual, mechanical, self-winding movement makes it a robust watch for any occasion. In addition, the option of Oyster bracelet or Oysterflex strap made it versatile enough to take from land to sea.

Who Wears the Rolex Yacht-Master?

The Yacht-Master is a popular choice among many of today’s top entertainers, athletes, and chefs. Some of the Yacht-Master’s famous wearers include TV personality Ellen DeGeneres and film icons like Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis . Athletes across an array of modalities also appreciate the Yacht-Master. You can find it on the wrist of star players like former pro-footballer David Beckham, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan , and former World Number One golfer Justin Thomas. Last but certainly not least, the legendary chef Emeril Lagasse is among the Yacht-Master’s celebrity fans.

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Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Watch Hands-On


With the introduction of a chocolate dial and Everose Rolesor case on an Oyster bracelet, the Rolex Yacht-Master 40 adds another option to the line after last year’s model. A year ago at Baselworld 2015, the Rolex Yacht-Master arrived with a brand new Oysterflex strap, 40mm case, and caliber 3135 movement. It also came in an 18kt Everose (Rolex’s pink gold alloy) case and is now joined by this steel and gold Rolex Yacht-Master 40 model. There will also be a new all-steel model which we should have a look at for you in the coming days.


Many people, including myself, honestly, aren’t experts on the Rolex Yacht-Master line, so I wanted to explain that this watch is simply a new color scheme in the Rolex Yacht-Master 40 line , and not a new piece altogether. There are several two-tone Rolex Yacht-Master 40 watches, but since this is the first new one since last year’s model, I think it’s more interesting to talk about this watch and what it means for the line moving forward. So yes, there are other Rolex Yacht-Master 40 watches already out there, but for all their merits they’re not providing the novelty of a new chocolate dial.


Offering a distinctly softer look than the matte-black dial and bezel of its older sibling, there is a case to be made that this Rolex Yacht-Master 40 watch might have some success as a full-sized Rolex diver that appeals to women as well as men.  The Oyster bracelet in place of the sporty rubber (what Rolex would insist you call “Elastomer”) strap would likely help make that sell, also. That being said, this is certainly a unisex watch, even though I much prefer the black to the Everose look.


The Rolex Yacht-Master 40’s bidirectional rotating bezel has polished raised numerals and graduations that stand out against the matt, sand-blasted surface of the 18kt Everose gold bezel. This softens the look of the Rolex Yacht-Master 40 watch by having two warm tones of Everose gold. On the black dial version with a matt, sand-blasted black ceramic bezel, the polished, raised numerals and graduations maintain a brooding look. Here, it’s softer, brighter, and way less masculine.


Ditto with the dial, where the chocolate color gets that great sun-ray finish. Instead of a matt-black dial with a relationship to light like that of a Transylvanian count, the new model of the Rolex Yacht-Master 40 welcomes it. The hands and hour markers are unchanged, with 18kt Everose gold and luminescent Chromalight appliqués. Oh, and the cyclops over the date window remains. The Rolex Yacht-Master 40’s Everose Rolesor (that’s 904L steel and 18k Everose gold) Oyster bracelet with Oysterlock folding safety clasp looks great and is timeless. The Oysterflex is certainly not for everyone, especially when you consider the fact that you are kind of stuck with whichever one of six size options you choose.


If you haven’t heard about it yet, Rolex is has replaced COSC certifications for their movements with a new in-house Rolex Superlative Chronometer certification ( which you can read about here ) that ensures accuracy within -2/+2 seconds per day. The new Rolex Yacht-Master 40 has the same caliber 3135 movement as last year’s model, and it has the new “Green Seal” approving it as Rolex Superlative Chronometer-certified.

While I loved the red font indicating the watch’s name on the black-dial version, I’m not sure it works as well here. It looks a little out of place, and I can only hope Rolex at least considers some other options. Then again, the first Rolex watch on a strap followed up by a standard Oyster bracelet model that also removed the bold red font from the dial would really look like Rolex having too much fun with their fans and enthusiasts.


Also announced at Baselworld this year is the 39.5mm gold-cased  Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Master Chronometer “Chocolate” watch , which Omega has interestingly decided to market as a ladies’ watch. Personally, I am not the world’s biggest fan of the chocolate dial, but I know several people, both men and women, who I can say would love to wear it any day. It will also be interesting to see how the upcoming steel model is priced, but maybe we’ll see a lot more Rolex Yacht-Master watches out in the wild when you cut almost half from the price of the gold-case black dial model. Price on this Rolex Yacht-Master 40 watch reference 116621 is 13,400 CHF .

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WATCH REVIEW Rolex Yacht-Master 40 mm 16622

Rolex yacht-master 40 mm 16622.

  • an untypical Rolex!
  • a fluid, delicate and light line around the wrist
  • a multitasking use
  • a less good readability than on the sports models
  • the absence of anti-reflection coating on the sapphire glass
  • a more confidential model, which reselling might be less easier than another Rolex.

Technical specifications

Editor's opinion 72/100, a sporty rolex watch.

Once around the wrist, this watch intrigues. Rolex has used us to specific categories, which design has become a reference. Yet, in this case, “the tester at your service”, although familiar with the Rolex, looses its marks. The play is blurred.

Are we in front of a sporty Rolex watch?

Numerous clues indicate so:

  • a 40 mm diameter, an usual size for Rolex, which is nearly rare nowadays, and suits well my 17,5 cm wrist – Yes
  • a triplock screwed crown protected by the caseband – Yes
  • the 3135 caliber, well-known for its legendary robustness – Yes
  • the sapphire glass, with no anti-reflection coating, with its cyclops, magnifying glass that does not get the approval of everyone, but is dreadfully efficient – Yes
  • the revolving bezel (bidirectional) – Yes
  • the Mercedes hands and the circled markers for a good readability – Yes
  • the comfortable Oysterlock strap (reference 78360), fulfilled links with polished/brushed alternation, a lighter buckle but nevertheless solid – Yes
  • the back totally free of any kinds of writings – Yes
  • Certified Chronometer – Yes

Though, there is something more….

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Hence, what is the profile of the case? Something from the Datejust maybe…

A delicate line, with more marked curves and lugs slightly plunging and above all, integrally polished: the famous “Rolex brushed” of the upper part of the lugs is now replaced with a mirror polished.

That’s it: this Yacht-Master benefits a neo-vintage line, rich of unsuspected charms, which subtly makes the difference with the other models of the sports range (and in particular the Submariner).

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Another new element: its light grey dial, enlivened by the red seconds’ hand and the Yacht-Master inscription, also in red (My God! A “Red” could exclaimed a non-used amateur of the brand!), that seems finely glittered and catches the light.

At last, another differencing element: the bezel made of platinum… Nevertheless, it takes up the traditional subdivisions of the Submariner with raised markers and numbers – which exposes it to the scratches of everyday life.

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What risks have I taken to put this Rolex around my wrist for you, The Watch Observer’s reader?

It is not a dressy Rolex !

We know the delicate and small diameter Datejust, or in the sports range, some models with noble metals such as gold or gold/steel combined.

No, here, we deal with an untypical model.

Its detractors can devoice:

  • this light grey dial makes the readability less intuitive than with a black dial!
  • or: the bezel with its raised numbers engraved within the mass is little readable
  • or even: there is a “Canada Dry effect” = it looks like a Rolex withouth looking like the model people have in mind…

And they will be right. Let them go back to their first loves : The Yacht-Master is not the Rolex made for them.

What to remember

Finally – and here I stake my all – this Yacht-Master is dedicated to a particular amateur of Rolex: the one that will not be afraid to assume what will be perceived by some purists of the brand as an heresy, but that merely corresponds to another type of Rolex, just a little more confidential… Let’s be a good gambler and recognizes it.

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HANDS-ON: Shades of grey – the Rolex Yacht-Master 40 with dark rhodium dial (ref. 116622)

HANDS-ON: Shades of grey – the Rolex Yacht-Master 40 with dark rhodium dial (ref. 116622)


This cool, calm and collected new Yacht-Master almost slipped past me. I was too busy falling in love (again) with the gold and chocolate Rolesor Yacht-Master, which was distracting me and dazzling my senses, but then out of the corner of my eye I spotted a flash of almost-iridescent blue, and my curiosity was piqued.

I’m so glad it was, because this steel and platinum Yacht-Master with its dark rhodium dial and blue highlights is an absolute stunner, even though it’s a much more restrained affair than its Everose-embellished siblings (in both Rolesor and Oysterflex variants). This is partly down to the dark dial, but it’s also the bi-directional platinum bezel, which might sound weird given the material, but with a predominantly sand-blasted finish, it’s actually far less in-your-face than ceramic. Not that it’s plain, by any stretch. The shimmering dial, polished bezel elements and centre bracelet links mean it pops where it counts, and the overall effect of metallic grey on metallic grey adds up to a truly luxurious watch on the wrist.


Then there’s the blue. It’s funny how that single line of text and sweeping second hand – a comparatively small amount of real estate – can have such massive impact on the general feel of the watch. This bright slash of colour adds energy to the Yacht-Master, once again proving Rolex’s mastery of the minuscule.


Aside from that, it’s business as usual. You have the 40mm case, rated to 100m, robust 3135 calibre, with 49 hours of power reserve, and parachrom hairspring, all backed by the Superlative Chronometre standard which guarantees -2/+2 seconds of accuracy per day, after casing.

Rolex has spoiled us for choice this year, with the attention-grabbing Daytona, the youthful Air-King and numerous two-tone options. But if you prefer your Rolex to be more stealth than statement, you can’t go wrong with this excellent new steel and platinum Yacht-Master 40.

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Rolex Yacht-Master 40 in steel and platinum, reference 116622, $14,600.

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Is The Rolex Yacht-Master Ref 126622 Officially Cool Now?

Is the Rolex Yacht-Master Ref 126622 a cool watch? I get asked this question – or a variation of it – with increasing frequency these days.  There was a time, not so long ago, when I didn’t give much thought to this model. And to be fair, neither did anyone else. The Yacht-Master was always kind of the odd one out in the Rolex sports watch collection. You couldn’t fault its credentials per se, but it didn’t quite belong.

In recent years though, Rolex has worked to improve the Yacht-Master’s positioning. Making it a little less luxe and a little more utilitarian. The overwhelming demand for steel Rolex sports watches has also played a big part. If you can’t get your first choice, you go for your second and so on. Now though, the Ref 126622 is becoming the first choice for more and more watch lovers. Not the third or fourth. And this is being reflected in its pricing on the secondary market. So, can we say the Rolex Yacht-Master Ref 126622 is officially cool now? As always, I’ll lay it out and you can make up your own mind.

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A (Very) Brief History Of The Rolex Yacht-Master

By Rolex standards, the Yacht-Master is quite a modern addition to the collection. Yacht-Master dial prototypes first appeared in the 1960s. But the inaugural production model didn’t make its debut until the early 1990s. That said, the brand has been present in the world of sailing for decades. Forging an alliance with the New York Yacht Club in 1958. Many more such partnerships would soon follow and still continue to this day.

The first Yacht-Master was the Ref 16628 and it was only available in solid yellow gold. There’s nothing unusual about that per se. Introducing new models in gold cases first is a common strategy for Rolex. The Smurf is a good example of this, after which the Hulk followed in steel. But with the Yacht-Master there was an added reason for doing so. Rolex wanted to position it more as a sporty yet luxurious watch as opposed to a practical tool watch. In line with this the Ref 16628 was also offered with several Serti dial options. (Rolex speak for gem-set dials.)

Rolex Yacht-Master 16628

Fancy dials aside, the Yacht-Master is very much styled after the Submariner . Rumour has it that Rolex was even considering an overhaul of that model. But cooler heads prevailed and instead a new collection launched. Regardless, the spec sheets read very similar. 40mm case. Mercedes hands. Upside down triangle at 12 o’clock. Circular and rectangular markers for the hours. Date with cyclops. Rotating bezel with 60-minute markings. (Although on the Yacht-Master it’s bi-directional. Whereas on the Submariner – and all dive watches – it’s uni-directional.)

The Ref 16628 even used the same movement as the Ref 16610. The Calibre 3135. The only practical difference (aside from the bezel) was that it was only water resistant to 100m. Which is why a lot of collectors weren’t that enamoured with the Yacht-Master. It was like buying a Submariner-junior.

This perception wasn’t helped by the addition of 29mm and 35mm Yacht-Masters in 1994. Rolex has never offered any of its other Professional watches in reduced cases sizes. Before or since. It’s not a bad thing per se. But it made it clear the Yacht-Master was more of a ‘lifestyle’ watch.

Rolex Yacht-Master Ref 16622

Things started getting a little more interesting for the Yacht-Master collection in 1999. That’s when Rolex unveiled the steel Ref 16622. I say steel but the technical name (at least the one Rolex invented) is Rolesium. This signifies – in Rolex speak – that the case combines both steel and platinum. The Yacht-Master was the first to debut this pairing. And Rolex has kept it exclusive to the collection ever since.

Rolex Yacht-Master Ref 16622

I’m not sure why Rolex chose platinum for the bezel of the steel Yacht-Master. If I were to hazard a guess, I would say it was all about differentiating it as “luxury-first” watch. Whatever the reason, the end result is actually pretty cool. The bezel itself has a sandblasted finish. While the raised numerals have a high polish. Combined with the sandblasted, platinum dial it creates a very attractive monochromatic effect. (And yes, the dial is actually made from platinum.) The seconds hand and the “Yacht-Master” text in bright red add just the right level of contrast.

These days you can pick up a good quality Ref 16622 for around US$10,000 . Which is quite reasonable for a steel Rolex. The reference still doesn’t get that much love from collectors. But it is practical for daily wear and still offers chronometer precision. If you’re in the market for one, check out our retail partner WatchBox . ( Affiliate link. )

Rolex Yacht-Master Ref 116622

In 2012, Rolex introduced the upgraded Ref 116622. This is the Yacht-Master most people are familiar with. It’s not too different from its predecessor although there are some key changes. The main one being the introduction of a rich blue dial with sunray finish. I don’t know what it is but platinum cases and blue dials go together like ham and cheese. Even when the use of platinum is sparing, as in the case of the Yacht-Master. Both dials (the platinum and the blue one) also feature Chromalight for the first time.

Rolex retired the platinum dial in 2016. In its place came the now familiar rhodium dial with light blue contrasts. For some it was the wrong decision. After all the platinum dial was one of the USPs of the Yacht-Master. Others welcomed the change, saying it gives the model more modern appeal. Plus the watch doesn’t feel quite as weighty on the wrist. I can see it both ways although I do think the grained platinum dial is very cool.

Rolex Yacht-Master Ref 116622 Bright Blue Dial

Another upgrade is the solid link bracelet with the spring-loaded Oysterlock clasp. This was a big improvement over the clasp on the Ref 16622. Rolex also added a new bezel which has 120 clicks in both directions. Not a game-changer but noticeable none the less when compared against previous models. Inside was the same Calibre 3135.

There’s no doubt the Ref 116622 is an upgrade on its predecessor. Which is why you can expect to pay a considerable amount more for one. Somewhere in the vicinity of US$13,500 – US$15,500 depending on age and condition. Keep in mind Rolex produced this reference right the way up to 2018.

Rolex Yacht-Master Ref 126622

The current reference of the Rolex Yacht-Master is the Ref 126622. Debuted in 2019 this watch looks like a carbon copy of its predecessor. And from a visual standpoint, it is. Rolex had already tweaked the Yacht-Master quite a bit by this point. So, there was not much left to improve on the case and bracelet. And the blue and slate dial options have become synonymous with the model.

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One thing that did change though is the movement inside. Rolex added its upgraded Calibre 3235. The same movement that would find its way into the new Submariner a year later. Rolex was already using it in the Datejust 41 and the Sea-Dweller . This self-winding mechanical movement boasts 14 patents in total. Including the Chronergy escapement, combining high energy efficiency with greater dependability. Made of nickel-phosphorus, it is also insensitive to magnetic interference. New barrel architecture and superior efficiency means a power reserve of 70 hours.

Rolex Calibre 3235

Like the 3135, the 3235 gets the Superlative Chronometer certification. Meaning it is very accurate (−2/+2 seconds per day) and reliable. It also features an instantaneous date at 3 o’clock with secure rapid-setting.

Price & Availability

The recommended retail price for the Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Ref 126622 is around US$11,800 . Making it quite a bit more expensive than a Submariner. Of course, that means nothing as neither watch is available at retail. At least not to the average joe walking in off the street with no buying history.

As such, you can expect to pay closer to US$16,000 – US$17,000 on the secondary market for a Ref 126622. Still competitive compared to what some other steel Rolex watches are trading at. But a tough pill to swallow none the less. Again, if you’re in the market check out our retail partner WatchBox . ( Affiliate link. )

Is The Yacht-Master Ref 126622 Officially Cool Now?

This is a tricky one. Rolex has definitely evolved the Ref 126622 to become an attractive standalone package. And there’s no doubt it’s a good-looking watch. But it’s hard to know how much of the appeal is being driven by hype. And the lack of availability of other steel Rolex alternatives. Versus watch lovers discovering a genuine appreciation for this model.

Ask yourself this question. If you had the option of buying any steel Rolex model at retail, would the Ref 126622 still get a second look? I’m not so sure the answer would be yes. But then again, there’s no denying the Yacht-Master has its own unique appeal. Which could be the reason it’s stayed in the Rolex line-up for close to 30 years.

Technical Specifications: Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Ref 126622

  • Case:  Oyster – 40 mm – Oystersteel and platinum – monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown – 950 platinum bidirectional rotatable bezel, 60-minute graduated with raised numerals– twin-lock double waterproof crown – waterproof to 100 metres / 330 feet.
  • Dial: slate or bright blue – hour markers and hands in white gold, all filled with Chromalight material – running seconds hand in light blue or red.
  • Movement: Calibre 3235 – bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor – paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring – Chronergy escapement with optimized energy efficiency – 70-hour power reserve – certified as Superlative Chronometer.
  • Price: USD 11,200

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Rolex’s Yacht-Master series emerged in the early nineties, touted as a nautically-themed luxury lifestyle offering, against the all-out professional tools of the brand’s dive trio.

Although quite clearly cut from the same mold as the Submariner (and there were even rumors it was originally dreamt up back in the eighties as a possible replacement for the legendary Sub), it has always set itself apart with its softer, more graceful lines and choice of materials. The closest you’ll find to the utility of steel here is when it’s being gentrified by the presence of Rolex’s own 18K gold in their Rolesor models or their platinum in the Rolesium versions, a combination that actually made its debut with the first wave of Rolex Yacht-Master watches.

Precious metals don’t come cheap and the YM has consequently not had the same universal mass appeal as some others in the Oyster Professional range, and it has always purposely avoided going too sporty, aiming itself instead at an altogether more elite audience. Those who, for example, may own luxury yachts.

Yacht-Master 40

Then, in 2015, a new model with a whole host of surprises up its sleeve made its grand entrance. The Yacht-Master reference 116655 brought with it a number of firsts, not just for the Yacht-Master range, but for Rolex itself.

Taking the series as a whole in a completely new direction, this latest addition seemed to be looking to bridge the gap between opulence and activity, sitting comfortably in the mix amid the dressiness of the Datejust on one side and the functionality of the Submariner on the other.

As a result, it arrived with a look unlike anything else in the lineup and quickly developed into one of the most talked about watches of the year. Replacing the conspicuous gleam of gold and platinum bezels for the low-key, let’s just say it, sexiness of matte black Cerachrom, together with Rolex’s first ever rubber strap (yes, you read that right) it became the brand’s poster child for stealth wealth.

Let’s take a look at one of Rolex’s most interesting and beautifully balanced masterpieces.

Yacht-Master 40

The Yacht-Master 40 ref. 116655

Set it down next to any of the other models in the Yacht-Master family and you’d be forgiven for thinking you were looking at an entirely different range of watches altogether.

While their bezels have always featured embossed numerals, as opposed to the engraved ones favored by the rest of the brand’s catalog, the contrast between the high polish of the three-dimensional markings against that gloriously muted, sandblasted ceramic gives an altogether more dramatic effect. It’s a look that has been echoed across onto the face, the first Yacht-Master to feature a black dial, again replacing what is typically a glossy element on other similarly colored Rolex watches.

Juxtaposing against the luscious glow of the elegantly curved 18k Everose case, Rolex’s own blend of gold and copper with a dash of platinum to seal it all in, it underlines the ref. 116655’s status as the best of both worlds. Dressy enough for the yacht club; sporty enough for the yacht race.

Yacht-Master 40

The Oysterflex

It’s not often that a watch’s bracelet becomes its most discussed element. Then again, it’s not often that Rolex makes a rubber strap. In fact, it’s never happened before. So, not only are you looking at the first one ever from the company, you could well be looking at the single most over-engineered watch band yet created.  

As you would expect from the Swiss colossus, calling their Oysterflex bracelet a rubber strap is a bit like calling a Rolls Royce a car. Yes, technically, but there’s a little more to it than that.

At its core is a blade forged from an alloy of titanium and nickel, around which is molded a high performance, hypoallergenic elastomer. It means, not only is the bracelet exceptionally resistant to environmental rigors, it’s free to form itself to the shape of the wearer’s wrist, while retaining all the strength of any of the brand’s metal bands.

It is an extremely comfortable wear, made even more so by the addition of a pair of ‘fins’ underneath that both cushion and support the watch while also providing a vent to allow air in, cooling the wrist on warm days. All secured by the same Oysterlock clasp as you’ll find in the majority of Rolex’s sports models, it comes with the 5mm Easylink extension system for a spot of fine-tuning.

The only drawback compared to, say, the traditional Oyster bracelet is obviously in making larger adjustments. There are no links to add or remove and, unlike other rubber straps, cutting it to size isn’t an option thanks to the metal core. Rolex offer a choice of bracelet size at the time of purchase, but it does mean you won’t be able to lend your watch to anyone with significantly bigger or smaller wrists than you. Oh well!

Yacht-Master 40

The Movement

When it was released in 1992, the Yacht-Master became the first in the Oyster Professional range to be offered in a 35mm mid-size, alongside the ladies and full-size men’s models.

Today, only a 40mm and 37mm version are available and, interestingly, they have two different movements. The smaller of the pair, marketed as both a men’s and women’s watch, is powered by the new generation Cal. 2236, containing the Syloxi hairspring that represents Rolex’s first venture into silicon components.

Inside the 40mm ref. 116655 is the battle-hardened and utterly reliable Cal. 3135. By far their most widely-used caliber, it has been proving its worth as Rolex’s main engine since 1988. Performing way beyond the standards set down by the COSC, it’s accurate to within +2/-2 seconds a day.

Yacht-Master 40

Future Classic?

A radical departure from the norm and the debut for a number of never-before-seen features, the Yacht-Master ref. 116655 has all the hallmarks of a classic in the making.

Its matte dial with the red text give it a healthy vintage feel too, and its hefty buy-in price will grant it an invaluable degree of exclusivity.

If I was a gambler, I certainly wouldn’t bet against it becoming a highly sought-after piece in years to come, but that isn’t the best reason to add one to the collection if the budget allows.

This is simply one of the most strikingly good-looking and capable watches ever produced by a brand that sets the standard other manufacturers try to live up to. A model welcomed anywhere, whether on deck or on the beach, the Everose gold Yacht-Master 40 is Rolex at their formidable best.

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Update: October 2019 – Rolex Yacht-Master 42

At Baselworld 2019, Rolex unveiled an all-new addition to their Yacht-Master collection: the reference 226659. Featuring a 42mm case in solid 18k white gold, the new ref. 226659 is the largest Yacht-Master ever produced (not including Yacht-Master II watches), and is currently the only standard Yacht-Master available with a case size larger than 40mm.

Like the Everose gold Yacht-Master 40, the new Rolex Yacht-Master 42 ref. 226659 is exclusively offered on a black Oysterflex bracelet, and fitted with a matching black dial and black Cerachrom ceramic bezel insert. Additionally, while the Everose gold Yacht-Master 40 watches feature the ‘Rolex’ name in rose gold text and the ‘Yacht-Master’ name in red letters, the dial of the new Yacht-Master 42 has all-white text, and swaps out the Everose gold hands and hour markers for white gold versions, giving the new ref. 226659 an elegant and monochromatic color profile.

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Moscow City Ballet was started back in 1988 by the acclaimed choreographer Victor Smirnov-Golovanov, who sadly passed away in 2013. The company was taken over by his wife Ludmila Nerubashenko as Artistic Director. She had been Principle Ballet Mistress since 1993, therefore, was well equipped to take over his role. Smirnov-Golovanov’s concept was to allow artist licence to his dancers, with certain aspects of the choreography, allowing them the freedom to add in parts to the dance as long as they didn’t sway too far from the original choreographic concept.

Review: Moscow City Ballet's The Nutcracker at The Regent Theatre

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With the Moscow City Ballet Orchestra conducted by Igor Shavruk 

Artistic Director Lyudmila Nerubashchenko 

Review: Moscow City Ballet's The Nutcracker at The Regent Theatre

How much do the tickets cost?

Tickets are priced from £13 to £56.90.

How do I book tickets to watch The Nutcracker?

Tickets are now on sale and available from the Box Office, by calling 0844 871 7649 or by visiting ATG’s website here .

How long is the show for and what are the timings?

The show opened on Monday,  20 January and will run until Wednesday, 22 January 2020. Shows will be at 7pm each night and will run for 1 hour and 50 minutes (including interval).

Review: Moscow City Ballet's The Nutcracker at The Regent Theatre

  • Parking is ample either around the public car parks close to The Regent, but do check the rules. Some parking lots might need you to pay even at night. We parked up at intu Potteries and that cost us £1 (its fixed rate after 6pm).
  • The Regent also provides binoculars (usually located at the back of each seat) for £1.
  • Programme Booklets are usually on sale for £5, full details of the show and cast members are featured on it.
  • The Regent is a beautiful theatre with ornate decor and traditional seating. It has plenty of performances out throughout the year and lots of variety.

About Regent Theatre

The Regent Theatre is a theatre in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Constructed in 1929 as a cinema, it is one of several theatres in the city centre and one of two owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group. The building was converted for full-time use as a theatre in 1999, and since then has hosted a number of shows and musicals. The theatre is also the northern base for the Glyndebourne Touring Opera.

About Moscow City Ballet

The Moscow City Ballet was founded in 1988 by the distinguished Russian choreographer Victor Smirnov-Golovanov, with the aim to promote the original ideas of the great 19th and 20th century Russian choreographers.  The birth of the company was a direct outcome of the sweeping changes in the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, where “Glastnost” and “Perestroyka” made the private enterprise legal again and Moscow City Ballet was the first privately owned ballet company in the USSR. It’s original name “The New Ballet of Moscow” was deemed too descriptive and the new name, “The Moscow City Ballet” was adopted in 1990.  The company remains true to its original ideals, showcasing some of the greatest works of the Russian and Soviet ballet heritage.  Its new aim is to preserve the legacy of late Victor Smirnov-Golovanov’s original choreography, with the ballets such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella and Romeo and Juliet having been exclusively choreographed by Victor for the Moscow City Ballet.

The company’s first appearance was in 1989 in Seoul, Korea. Its success outside of Russia makes it one of Russia’s most extensively touring ballet companies. Since 1988, Moscow City Ballet has appeared in Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Germany, Hong-Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Netherlands, People’s Republic of China, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic Korea, R.O.C. Taiwan, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America and, naturally, in Russia itself.  The company’s greatest success has been in the United Kingdom where it has given more than 1000 performances since 1991, accompanied by the Moscow City Ballet Orchestra.

Moscow City Ballet is one of Russia’s most successful and popular touring ballet companies, highly admired for its distinctive style, dramatic story‐telling, exciting choreography and exceptionally gifted dancers. Under the artistic direction of Victor Smirnov-Golovanov’s widow, Ludmila Neroubashchenko, the company continues to be committed to promoting ballet in the Russian classical tradition to audiences all over the world.

About PMB Presentations

PMB Presentations has a reputation for excellence. The organisation represents ‘high end’ visiting companies of genuine repute and pedigree. PMB personnel have been associated with all genres of live shows especially Dance, Opera and Ballet since 1996, and participated in over 10,000 high-quality performances in the major UK regional theatres; international concert halls; Theatre Champs Elysees Paris, and in London at the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall and London Coliseum. In the UK dance market where theatres and councils attempt to build audiences for dance, particularly contemporary dance, classical ballet touring under the PMB banner remains the most popular audience choice, maintaining consistently large attendance.

Review: Moscow City Ballet's The Nutcracker at The Regent Theatre

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I bet this is absolutely incredible to get to see live – especially with the Moscow ballet! There is something magical about The Nutcracker and if I was to go and see a ballet it would definitely be this one.

You are so right Sarah, there were parts in it which was so magical and the ballet dancers were so graceful and the choreography is so wonderful

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I would love to see this, I bet it was amazing to watch I have always wanted to see this live, hopefully one day x

Hope you do get to watch it, they are touring around the UK at the moment

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Oh that looks abaolutely wonderful. I love going to see the ballet and would really like to see this, what a treat!

Absolutely, we totally enjoyed last night’s show

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My girls and I LOVE going to ballets! Having kids in ballet class, I find that going to these only inspire them, as well as entertain. I would love for us to see the Nutcracker!

Hope you all do get a chance to see it, we watched it with our girls and loved it!

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I saw this 12 years ago and I still have such fond memories of it.

Despite being heavily pregnant and forced in to a tiny seat, it was just the most wonderful experience x

How wonderful to hear your story Claire, glad our post brought back those memories

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I would love to go and see this ballet. Moscow City Ballet and the other similar theaters from Russia have such talented dancers who work a lot to be able to perform so perfectly.

Absolutely! The amount of practise they have put into it shows, it was amazing to watch them perform

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I love going to the ballet, such beautiful performances to watch. I haven’t been in so long so would love to see the Moscow City Ballet!

They were so beautiful to watch and we especially our kids totally enjoyed the performance

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I’d love to go to the ballet as I’d be mesmerized by the dancers, it’s so impressive what they do. Each Christmas I see the nutcracker on show so maybe next year I’ll need to go x

Hope you get a chance to see the nutcracker when it tours near your place.

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The performance was sublime, the company are very accomplished. We thoroughly enjoyed the performance.

I have to agree with you there Kevin, we totally loved it as well. Preferred the second part more to the first

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I must admit I am not a ballet fan, although this does look very interesting. My mum is though, so maybe I will have to treat her?! 🙂

You must do, lots of families were there, young and old, men and woman

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Its not necessarily my thing however my family, especially the three girls, love performances, theatres and Ballet and would have found this very enjoyable, great Review!

Thank you Liam for taking the time to read our review and leave a comment

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A friend of mine teaches ballet and she talked about meeting the Moscow city ballet and lamented on how talented they are, the nutcracker show must have been incredible to watch.

Yes it certainly was, it is a privilege watching them live

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Oh wow what a beautiful show, the pictures look amazing! Its a show I would love to see, in fact any of the shows you mentioned above I am sure would be lovely to watch. I find the ballet so elegant to watch and the music is always so beautiful too!

The dancers are such professional and so flawless and graceful when they dance. Such joy to watch them

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Oh wow, that looks simply incredible. I’ve never seen a ballet, but would love to watch one one day. What a great experience!

It was a lovely experience to see the show live, hope you get the chance too

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Wow it sounds amazing, only ever been to one ballet and I loved it. I would love to be able to go to more.

Hope you get the chance to watch the Nutcracker by the Moscow City Ballet dancers

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I would love to see this ballet but mistakenly thought it was being performed in March 2020. So disappointed to have missed it but hopefully it will return to the Regent Theatre sometime in the not too distant future!

They are touring around the UK Rota, so worth checking out their website to see where they are headed to next, not too sure if they will head back to The Regent Theatre this year.

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Scenery Review : Moscow City XP by Drzewiecki Design

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You fly for hours, anticipating your arrival, wanting to take in the area and the views of another country far away from your departure airport. The airport and the area you leave from is detailed and visually full, and you know you have a great airport scenery waiting for you at the other end of the flight, then when you arrive...

...  Nothing, but flat plain emptiness and the same boring standard X-Plane basic scenery, worse there is no OSM (Open Street Map) data in the tile either, so there is no road or autogen detailing in there as well, just well nothing.

When Drzewiecki Design released their UUEE Sheremetyevo Airport XP , I loved it because it was like a visitor from the Cold War past, the Soviet era, and it was also great scenery and great choice of a destination to fly to from any of the capitals of Europe...  but that was it, just this great airport in the middle of nothingness, bland....   zero ville.

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Now Drzewiecki Design has released "Moscow City"  a scenery package to compliment their UUEE Sheremetyevo, and boy how much a difference this release has done to this totally boring area.

To get the full first impression effect I flew JARDesign's A320neo from EFHK Vatnaa, Helsinki to UUEE Sheremetyevo which is flight Finnair AY153 which is a daily 9.25am service.

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First Impressions

I was surprised to start picking up scenery still quite away out from central Moscow, as I approached my 6000ft transition altitude. Here there was buildings and houses and the physical visual notes you were arriving somewhere.

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Looking hard at the horizon through the A320's windows and you could see the iconic silhouette of Moscow city.

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The scenery provides lite versions of all Moscow's Airports, this is UUWW Vnukovo, which was easily recognisable as you flew over. As you fly closer to the centre of the city the density of the objects below becomes quite heavy as the landscape fills in. You have all kinds of infrastructure including, blocks of flats, tower blocks, factories, housing, skyscrapers and almost everything that makes up an urban landscape, in all there is 2000 custom-made buildings that makes up this impressive scenery.

A note here in that you don't get that rolling as you move feeling effect where as it just suddenly appears in front of you and then quickly disappears behind as soon as you have flown out over the area. There is a slight effect of that as there has to be, but only in the far distance and as you can see from the images the views in every direction are widespread and visually it is very good to excellent.

The "Seven Sisters" or "Stalinist skyscrapers" built from 1947 to 1953 are all in the scenery with their "Wedding Cake" architecture or officially  Russian Baroque               - Gothic style. Most famous is the Moscow State University, front and centre of the image below.

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Central Moscow is excellent and extremely realistic, and you really need a travel guide to pick out the landmarks and detail, but it is hard to miss the Red Kremlin complex  and St Peter's square from the air.  Both sides of the aircraft is visually full until you have crossed right over the city.

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I am not a fan of the generated 3d OSM scenery, but this is very good in blending in perfectly with the X-Plane default scenery and giving you a smooth transition from country to urban and back again with great realism.

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Over the city and turning north towards Sheremetyevo, another Moscow airport UUMU Chkalovsky is represented on the turn.

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The city skyline is now easily visible on landing at Sheremetyevo, and that really helps in the arrival factor, more so in that the cities building infrastructure spread now comes up and around the airport to fill the gaps to the city itself, and making the original  Sheremetyevo scenery that was so open and lonely in the old X-Plane view is now a big part of the whole in this combination. No doubt it really brings this always good scenery now alive and very usable.

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Sheremetyevo Airport

Before we move on to the city itself. It is important to note the area around UUEE Sheremetyevo itself.

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Compare the large image above to the earlier image at the start of this review to see the amount of change there is around UUEE Sheremetyevo with the addition of this Moscow City package. The two sceneries are of course meant to be used together, and in reality it would look odd if you had Moscow City scenery installed without the Sheremetyevo scenery included to fill out the northern areas. A highlight is that both sceneries together form a single whole, as the areas between the airport and the central city area are well filled in and that gives you a huge area of coverage and the full visual aspect.

To get a closer lower look at the Moscow Center I commandeered Dreamfoil's lovely Bell 407.

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There is a 4.000km² total area covered with this scenery here, and you have expect some sort of building replication to cover all that ground. There is of course but as well in the fact there is also enough variations as to not keep it all interesting and not obviously visually obvious.

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The closer you go to the central area, the variations in the buildings change there in style and density as well. And then more of the iconic buildings start to appear as you get closer in again to the middle. The business district is excellent, with a lot of business towers and the more modern futuristic skyscraper architecture that stands out in every view point in eye scans across the city.

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The more recent is in tune with the more older Stalinist era that makes up the Moscow skyline.

The Kremlin Complex and the Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed (St Basil's) is excellently represented and so is "Red Square"

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There are Orthodox churches everywhere and all the big icons in the Moscow Cathedral Mosque, Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Grand Arena of the Central Lenin Stadium, Otkrytive Arena and department stores, museums and power stations and more....

I did have issues with many buildings floating, including the Kremlin. I tried both "Runways follow terrain contours" on and off with no flattening of the objects and there is no information in the manual either on how to fix the problem.

Night lighting is very good, yes there is again a repeatable pattern to the majority of the hundreds of the apartment blocks that does stand out, but the more individual buildings do all have that personal touch and some buildings look really very good.

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The highlight here is the business district which looks magnificent and is very realistic from any direction at night as is the lit Stadium.

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Although away from the central area the Ostankino Tower that stands 540.1 metres (1,772 ft) tall, and is the tallest freestanding structure in Europe and it looks great at night and is a very good position indicator from the air from any direction.

Included Moscow Airports

As noted also included in the scenery are seven airports and several helipads.

UUWW Vnukovo

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The futuristic Vnukovo International is very good for a lite version, with great terminals and lots of small detailing. Only thing missing is the static aircraft and a bit more ramp equipment, but otherwise it is highly usable.

UUDD Domodedovo

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The oldest of Moscow's International airports is Domodedovo. Again it is quite devoid of static aircraft and I am not crazy about the blue terminal glass work, but it is still a very workable scenery to use and has a lot of well made objects.

UUBW Zhukovsky

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Zhukovsky was a major aircraft testing facility since the  cold war years, with most of the major Russian Experimental Design Bureau's having facilities here. It is also now used by the Ministry of Emergency Situations! and cargo carriers. It was also used as a test site for the Soviet Buran  reusable Spacecraft because it has the world's second longest pubic runway at at 5,402 m (17,723 ft). Mostly it is a collection of very large hangars but has a lot of static aircraft in storage.

UUMO Ostafyevo International Business Airport

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A former military airbase. Ostafyevo features a new modern glass terminal, and caters primarily to business aviation.

UUMU Chkalovsky

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Chkalovsky is a military logistics airport that is famous for it's support for the Russian Space program and transport to Star City and the Yuri A. Gagarin State Scientific Research-and-Testing Cosmonaut Training Center. Yuri Gagarin left here on his final flight before crashing by the town of Kirzhach.

UUBM Myachkovo Airport

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Myachkovo is a small General Aviation Airport that is owned by the Finpromko company. Cargo aircraft up to the size of the Ilyushin ll-76 freighter can also use the airport.

UUMB Kubinka

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Kubinka has been a significant Russian military airbase and large airshows are held here to show off the Russian military might.

There is also provided UUU1 Kremlin Airport, within the Kremlin walls, but I couldn't get it to work? There are two pads in H1 and H2.

Your first thoughts after reviewing this excellent Moscow scenery is not with this actual package. You then wish that you could have this extensive scenery at London, Rome, Madrid, Berlin and the list could go on with any of your favorite European Cities, and don't count a load in the Middle East and Asia. But a London scenery like this would certainly be a godsend in our X-Plane world. Drzewiecki Design has already done Warsaw and Manhattan, so there is always hope.

It is not cheap either and you need to add in their UUEE Sheremetyevo scenery package on top of that as well. But you get an awful lot of ground covered here for your money, with the area covered here that is extensive...  huge and flying into Moscow will never be the same again.

A few areas to note in one that in my case a few of the buildings floated, the download is huge load at 1.4gb and this Russian area is not the best for navigation aids and programming FMS units as most waypoints are not recognised. Most of the airports ILS coordinates also have to checked and recalibrated (Drzewiecki Design do provide all the correct coordinates) so there is a little work to do to set up repeat services but the work is worth the results.

Not only is the actual Moscow city and all it's buildings supported, you also get seven (if lite versions) of Moscow's other airports included as well, but the framerate processing of all this huge amount of objects and scale is pretty good to excellent. Framerate does hurt more on a lower (helicopter) level and certainly you need a computer with a little extra power is in no doubt required, but overall for the size of the area the scenery is extremely efficient.

Yes I was impressed by this Moscow City Scenery, as this once very barren area of X-Plane is now a very attractive repeat destination as nothing can give you a greater fulfilment than seeing your destination appear in the distance and then give you a huge visual experience as you fly over and approach your destination.

Moscow City certainly delivers that and more...  Just more sceneries like this please!

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Moscow City XP by Drzewiecki Design is NOW available! from the X-Plane.Org Store here :

  • Extremely detailed model of Moscow metropolitan area in Russia
  • Almost 2000 custom-made buildings and other objects, all high quality, FPS-friendly and with night textures
  • Whole Moscow center done in 3D as well as all other important landmarks - museums, palaces, skyscrapers, towers, bridges, railway stations, Zara stores...
  • Trains, ships, 3D people, cars, airport vehicles, static aircraft - anything you can imagine
  • About 4000 of photoreal 0,5-1m/pix terrain with autogen
  • Sceneries of all surrounding airports including UUWW Vnukovo, UUDD Domodedovo, UUBW Zhukovski, UUMO Ostafyevo, UUBM Myachkovo and UUMB Kubinka, with all airport buildings, detailed layouts, people, airport vehicles and more
  • Very detailed Kremlin model with newly constructed heliport



Installation and documents:

Download for the Moscow City XP is 1.47gb and the unzipped file is deposited in the "Custom Scenery" as four files:

DDZ Moscow City XP (3.99gb) - Yes GIGABYTES!

DDZ Moscow City XP Layer 2 (30.20mb)

DDZ Moscow City XP Documents (1.0 mb)

ZZZ_DDZ Moscow City XP Terrain (20.10mb)

Installation for Windows comes with an .exe installer that deposits the files in the correct order required (however I still moved the ZZZ- folder to the bottom via the INI text install list.

Installation Instructions are provided for Mac and Linux

You need to check all airports ILS coordinates are correct, instructions are provided.

Documents: Two documents include

Moscow City XP MacLinuxinstall

Moscow City XP Manual (seven pages)

Review System Specifications:

Computer System : Windows  - Intel Core i7 6700K CPU 4.00GHz / 64bit - 16 Gb single 1067 Mhz DDR4 2133 - GeForce GTX 980/SSE2 - Samsung Evo 512gb SSD 

Software :   - Windows 10 - X-Plane 10 Global ver 10.50

Addons : Saitek x52 Pro system Joystick and Throttle : Sound - Bose  Soundlink Mini

Plugins: JARDesign Ground Handling Deluxe US$14.95 : WorldTraffic US$29.95

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Thank you for this very thorough (as always) review. I just bought it (it's on sale) and have only one disappointment so far: Red Square has no ILS or any landing aids at all for that matter. And what a nightmare of an approach! Also I was hoping the package would include an add-on that gives my c172 a big cup holder for my Stoli. Otherwise the scenery is gorgeous. What a country!

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    The Rolex Yacht-Master 40 116622 is a luxurious and reliable timepiece crafted with exceptional quality. This stunning watch features a stainless steel case measuring 40mm in diameter and a platinum bezel. The dial is finished in a dark rhodium grey with dot and index hour markers plus a date window at the 3 o'clock position.

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