Rolex Two Tone Yacht-Master II (116681): Review

The Rolex Yacht-Master II is a relatively new model by the famous Rolex brand — it was just unveiled in 2007 and was first introduced in 2010 with the Yellow Gold and White Gold models. This is a definitive sports watch made by the luxury brand and is intended to be used around water (primarily with regards to regatta races and yachts).

The 116681 model being reviewed here was introduced in 2011 and is made from steel and everose gold.

Brand: Rolex
Type: Two Tone Yacht-Master II Men’s Watch
Model: 116681
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With a stunning 44mm case, a clean white dial, and a 4161 chronograph movement, this two-tone Yacht-Master II features complications such as a programmable regatta timer that counts down ten minutes before a race.

Technical Specifications and Features:

  • Case Size: 44mm
  • Case Shape: Round
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Engine: Rolex Calibre 4160
  • Power Reserve: 72 hours
  • Swiss Made
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • Case Back: Solid Stainless Steel
  • Crystal: Scratch Resistant Sapphire
  • Dial Type: Analog
  • Dial Color: White
  • Bezel: Bi-directional Rotating 18kt Everose Gold
  • Hands: Rose Gold
  • Seconds Markers: Minute markers around outer rim
  • Dial Markers: Index
  • Subdials: Seconds Subdial
  • Crown: Screw Down
  • Band Type: Bracelet
  • Band Material: Stainless Steel and 18kt Everose Gold Rolex Oyster
  • Band Color: Gold Tone, Pink Gold Tone, Silver Tone
  • Clasp: Oysterlock
  • Functions: Chronograph, Hour, Minute, Second, Chronometer
  • Features: Chronograph, Gold, Stainless Steel, Chronometer
  • Water Resistance: 100 meters / 330 feet

Power Source

This Yacht-Master II uses an automatic movement with a Rolex Calibre 4160 engine. This Swiss made movement offers a power reserve of 72 hours and has serious power that will self-wind and precisely keep three-hand time, power the regatta timer, and the seconds subdial at 6 o’clock.

The Good

There are only one or two slightly negative aspects to this watch, but the rest are essentially a long laundry list of positive functional, material, and design aspects. Let’s start from the top and head to the bottom.

The 44mm case size is ideal for men looking for a large and impressive timepiece that is gorgeous, bold, and ready for action on the water. This is a Yacht-Master II Series Rolex — this means that it is regatta themed and is expected to be used in and around the water. Therefore, the water resistance of 100 meters (330 feet) is very reasonable for this piece.

With the use of the regatta timer (which we will talk about more in the “Highlights” section below), Chronometer, Chronograph, seconds subdial, luminous hands, bright white dial, oysterlock clasp, and an excellent 72 hour power reserve, this Yacht-Master II not only looks like every watch you ever wanted, but truly functions like one as well.

The polished stainless steel case back may not be transparent, but this is actually a plus when it comes to this timepiece. A solid backing and the excellent scratch-resistant Sapphire dial window allows this Rolex to be sealed up tight for a great water resistance (something crucial in a regatta-designed timepiece). This baby is meant to be used on the water.

One important aspect that really shows that Rolex has made a serious timepiece for Regatta races and use on the water, is the design. Some watches are not very visible in sunlight — but this Steel and 18kt Everose Gold Oyster Automatic will not give you that problem. The dial is a very clean white with hour indexes in 18kt Everose Gold. The dial hands are blue in color (the hour and minute), and the second hand is thin and red — this is ideal for visibility against the white dial backdrop while remaining very ocean-friendly. In addition, there is a fourth dial hand — the regatta timer hand, which sweeps along the 0 – 10 arch for counting down in regatta races — those last 10 minutes before the race are the most important.

A seconds subdial is located at the 6 o’clock position and features a shining gold ring and a matching blue subdial hand. The hour, minute, and regatta timer dial hands also feature some luminous fill, which is great for darker events. The high visibility is an impressive feature in this design and this is a great aspect for Rolex — they made the dial all business and allowed the luxury to take over from the bezel, out.

The Bad

Considering the $20,000+ price tag on this Rolex, it is important to note if the materials are up to snuff. It would have been ideal if the case itself were made from a higher end material other than stainless steel. The band does feature an 18kt Everose Gold vertical linking stripe between the stainless steel, but the 44mm case and the solid backing are still stainless steel.

One good decision Rolex made was to continue the 18kt Everose Gold design that exists on the bracelet, and follow through with it using an 18kt Everose Gold bi-directional bezel. This strengths the bezel and allows the luxury to be seen.


The functionality of the Rolex Yacht-Master II is damned near perfect. Much can be said about the beautiful, Swiss made automatic movement. The Rolex calibre 4160 engine is extremely reliable and high-end, and offers Rolex’s famous 72 hour power reserve.

The calibre is additionally wonderful because it powers not only a traditional three-hand dial, but a seconds subdial, a regatta countdown timer, and a chronograph feature.

The water resistance adds to the functionality of this watch significantly — this is a timepiece intended to be used on the water, around the water, on yachts and boats, and specifically designed for regatta races. The 100 meter / 330 feet water resistance will allow this Oyster to function properly without worry.

The construction is also admirable. The stainless steel case is not what I would typically wish for, but the steel is strong and looks great. The use of 18kt Everose Gold for the bezel and the inner linkage of the bracelet are great touches. Rolex of course used scratch resistant Sapphire crystal to protect the beautiful white regatta-inspired dial — this does more than protect but it allows the user to see the dial in sunlight with a clearer view.

The Highlights

While I appreciate Rolexes, my heart lives with a variety of Swiss brands, first and foremost. That being said, this Rolex is one I would happily purchase. The automatic movement is outstanding and the design is not only incredible aesthetically, but in its use of a regatta timer (as a fourth dial), chronograph, seconds subdial, bi-directional bezel, and analog three-hand timekeeping.

The 18kt Everose Gold bezel has blue applied accent coloring on the front, where the Gold peaks through via the Arabic numerals and “Yacht-Master II” lettering on this small-notched, bi-directional bezel. This is a great pairing of material and color.

This beautiful blue continues onto the main hour and minute hands as well as making up the sweeping box for the regatta timer. The 18kt Everose Gold looks great integrated into the stainless steel bracelet, bezel, push buttons, and screw down crown.

This Oyster Perpetual looks like it was born on a yacht and grew up in regatta races — with this 44mm beaut on your wrist, you are guaranteed to have one of the most functional and stylish Rolexes in any crowd.


The retail price for this Yacht-Master II Rolex is $25,150.00. Thankfully, you can save some money by purchasing this luxury Rolex brand new and unworn for $20,659.00 at Jomashop.

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