Those who are familiar with Rolex all know that Rolex watches generally have no too complex functions, and its watches are mostly the one with three big pointers and calendar. Its complicated function is the timing. Although Rolex brand has always been known for its reliability, durability and simplicity, isn’t there a more complicated wristwatch for a watch brand that has the history of nearly a century? Which type is the most complicated Rolex watch?
Lately, I stumbled upon a Rolex’s Yacht-master-II, a Rolex watch launched in 2007, which can be taken as the most complicated one of all Rolex watches.
The former part of minute hand has luminescent material when starting, and the hollow-out design is used on the back. The design of these two parts can avoid the minute hand keep out timing pointer and cannot affect the data read in bad light at the same time; even if the two pointers happen to coincide, you also can see the correct reciprocal time.
With the 44-mm diameter and the 18k gold watchcase, it gives you a sense of weight when you wear it.
As you can see from the picture, the blue pointer is not the traditional blue one, but the 18k gold pointer.
If you don’t know the watch, it’s a simple chronometer, but the two buttons on the left side of the watchcase let you know the mystery of its function. In fact, the watch is far more complicated than it looks.
For this watch, you can clearly see there is a red pointer in the center of the plate, which the timing’s second hand, and the other with a red triangle arrow shows reciprocal minutes, which can realize the timing within 10 minutes. At 6 o ‘clock, it is a small second-hand plate, with clear data display. The watch is a special watch made by Rolex for sailing at sea, which is used to read the countdown before the official match.
The regular sea sailing race will set different countdown according to different rules of the game, so this is a challenge for Rolex. In addition to timing function, the watch also has a countdown function, so Rolex can only develop a chronometer that can quickly adjust the countdown.
To realize the above functions, Rolex spent a lot of energy and money, and the engineers spent 35,000 hours developing the new movement Cal.4160 for the watch.
If you know this watch’s movement, we may have the old feeling. Actually, this is the updated version of Daytona timing movement Cal. 4130, but Rolex also added the countdown function on this basis. Users can set 1 to 10 minutes of time to make mechanical memory, and for the next countdown, the pointer can return to the same time.
The watch we usually see has only one watch crown used to adjust time and chain, and the timing watch has two buttons for timing start, pause and return to zero. In order to realize the countdown function, does it need to open a hole on the watchcase? Obviously, Rolex has no room to add the countdown crown, and this design is not very beautiful, so how to solve this problem?
It’s hard to beat the Rolex engineers, who used the outer ring of the watch to invent the new Ring Command. In general, the mechanism and outer ring in the watch are separated, but Rolex is different, making mechanical device combined with outer ring, with direct succession of movement to make outer ring core part to adjust the countdown function, thereby letting the user set the countdown according to the event ranking.
Outer ring of Ring Command targets at the position of six o’clock. Rotating 90°, it can set the required countdown through crown, and after the rotary, it can lock and memorize the set time.
If you’re a person fond of watch design, you most likely want to see the photos that various watches are taken apart, and here’s how the watch movement works.
When you open the watch, you will see there is no sign inside the watchcase. The mechanical structure of the outer ring of Ring Command is hidden under the ceramic ring.
For this problem, I consulted Rolex service center. They said the outer ring of Ring Command requires a professional tool, and also it requires very professional master to take it part, so I am unable to show you the watch’s ingenious parts. In fact, this is the main reason why people cannot identify the authenticity of replica watch. The appearance of Rolex replica watch is almost identical that the real one. Even the professional master cannot identify it in the case that the movement is not opened. It can be seen that the replica technology is quite high. Certainly, it is because of the high quality of the Rolex replica watch, many people buy it. After all, it can earn face and save money, and also it is quite good.
The features shown above are complex enough, but the watch has the function of real-time synchronization. In the sailing race preparation, the wearer will set the countdown and start it, butthere is the preparation prompt for the second time before the race, in order not to confuse two countdowns, engineers added the function of real-time synchronization. After starting the countdown function and pressing the button of 4 o ‘clock position, the second hand will quickly return to the starting point; loosening the button, it can immediately run. Certainly, the pointer of reciprocal minutes will synchronize the closest number of minutes, so it can avoid minor errors in the first countdown setting process.
The watch is the most complicated Rolex wristwatch by default, because it also has countdown, timing, real-time synchronization, and outer ring of Ring Command. But Rolex has not confirmed Yacht-master-II is the most complex kind of wristwatch, just saying Sky-Dweller has the most complex movement. Which one is the most complicated watch produced by Rolex? Which is right and which is wrong? you can go to a website (https://kronoswatch.sc/) to look at the Sky-Dweller in details. After seeing it, I believe you can find the answer.