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Rolex Yacht-Master 40 116695SATS Watch

his year at Baselworld 2017, we saw the release of the Rolex Yacht-Master 40 116695SATS replica watch done in a gem-set bezel. It's not a Rolex for the usual fan of the brand but if you're already someone (like myself) who also appreciates the non-traditional Yacht-Master 40 with the Oysterflex bracelet and aren't afraid of some flash, then this is an interesting replica watch to have in a collection. You'll remember that the Rolex Yacht-Master Replica was introduced back in 2015 and immediately stood out due to the fact that it came on the then-new rubber Oysterflex bracelet. The reaction to the bracelet was, as expected, mixed but has been popular enough with the release of the Rolex men's replica on an Oysterflex bracelet this year.

Also released this year was this Yacht-Master 40 with a remarkably well-done gem-set bezel, which is about the only "typical Rolex" trait you'll find in this piece. Love it or hate it, its execution and quality are undeniable.



It's inevitable, but many replica watch enthusiasts have an unfortunate patellar-reflex response to seeing precious stones or gems on replica watches. I think there are several reasons for it: the often ugly bejeweled timepiece; crappy aftermarket jobs; an unfortunate desire to distance oneself from anything "bling" (sorry, but comment sections on replica watch blogs and forums are the only place I still see that word as of the past decade); as well as the fact that there are not many factory-made men's replica watches done with gems that aren't "diamond explosions" or just come off too effeminate. While it's obvious that this piece is going to be geared towards the mainland Chinese market, I think this can be seen as a viable men's replica watch in the Western market as well.



The Rolex Yacht-Master 40 116695SATS has a bidirectional rotating bezel set with 38 sapphires (blue, orange, yellow, and pink), 8 tsavorites (the green gems), and 1 diamond at 12 o'clock. The uniformity of the gems in respective color and shape is fantastic to behold and I can't imagine even the most critical hater not admiring it if they were to find one of these replica watches on their wrist. When discussing the far more elaborate and rare Day-Date 40 Green Emerald Platinum replica watch, our David Bredan discusses the work that goes into Rolex's gem setting:

"For models set with colored gemstones – rubies, sapphires, or, in this case, emeralds – Rolex takes particular care in ensuring that all the stones on a given replica watch are of the same hue, using a combination of a long sorting process carried out by hand, stone by stone in the Rolex workshops, as well as by using one of Rolex's several sophisticated machines that are, Rolex says, usually only found in independent gemological laboratories. The result is genuinely incredible – if one is familiar with precious stones and gems, it is no secret that it takes sorting through hundreds, if not thousands of pieces to find a bezel-worth of stones that are such a perfect match in color. If anything, it is almost (I said almost!) too perfect as, frankly, I hitherto thought such impeccable matching of colors and shapes would only be possible if every stone were entirely artificial."



Like the non-gem model, this Yacht-Master 40 comes on the Oysterflex strap introduced in 2015. Not technically rubber, the elastomer strap is fit with a titanium nickel alloy "blade" underneath to give it a more secure fit. The strap also has the well-received "fins" underneath, which are designed to create a very small space between skin and the bracelet allowing for some flexibility during hot and cold weather. The dial is slightly different, with Rolex choosing a glossy black finish as opposed to the matte dial on the non-gem model.

Functionality isn't affected with the functioning bi-directional bezel, it's still a real dive replica watch with 100M water resistance. The double anti-reflective coated crystal and Chromalight lumed hands should make for legibility in the dark, as well. As for the movement, we still see the caliber 3135 movement found in models like the Submariner which gets 48 hours of power reserve.