Unveiled in 2007 specifically for yacht racing, the Rolex Yacht-Master II took the Yacht-Master to a whole new level. The new more prominent 44mm chronograph was created to meet the needs of pro sailors and high end wrist fashion enthusiasts. The Yacht-Master II features the first programmable countdown with a mechanical memory. It can be programmed from 1 to 10 minutes, the maximum starting sequence of a regatta. The watch comes in either steel, yellow gold, or two-tone with a beautiful, blue Cerachrom bezel or in a white gold-platinum version with a platinum bezel. The Yacht-Master II is one of the first watches in the world that has a bezel that works in conjunction with the movement. The bidirectional rotatable (Ring Command) bezel actually acts like the key to the programmable countdown function. The bold and distinguished characteristics of the Yacht-Master II makes it the preferred sports watch of many.
The regatta countdown timer distinguishes the Rolex Yacht-Master II most. This ingenious complication lets professional sailors and yachting enthusiasts synchronize their timepieces with yacht race starts. The programmable countdown, which may be adjusted from 1 to 10 minutes depending on race rules, helps sailors position their vessels for a good start. The regatta timer and Ring Command bezel distinguish the Rolex Yacht-Master II. Blue Cerachrom ceramic inserts with raised numerals and markers cover the bidirectional rotating bezel. Simple operation is possible by rotating the bezel to access the watch's functions. The 2007 Rolex Yacht-Master II had a stainless steel case and white dial, giving it a sporty yet sophisticated style. Yacht-Master II functionality was maintained by the regatta countdown timer and Ring Command bezel. This revised version included a blue ceramic bezel, adding elegance. The watch's rich materials and striking blue accents made it a collector's favorite.