How to Set and Use the Rolex Yacht-Master II

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Regatta races are an exciting way to test your sailing ability. The Rolex Yacht-Master II has a countdown timer so you can time your regatta race.

Not only does it look fantastic, but its highly specialized functions are powered by one of the most impressive movements Rolex has released to date. Using these functions though can be a frustrating and complicated path.

While there are number of steps to the process, Rolex designed it to be quick and simple once you get to know it.

With this guide, you’ll learn how to set the Rolex Yacht-Master II for a regatta, as well as how to use it during the race.

What is a regatta watch?

First of all, what is a regatta watch? The Rolex Yacht-Master II’s countdown timer is used to time events that involve boats or other competitive pursuits, such as sailing races, chariot races, and even football matches.

The goal of these events is to get from point A to point B in the fastest amount of time possible. To do this, teams will use the count-down timer on their watches to measure their progress and determine whether they should increase their speed or slow down if they are falling behind.

You’re probably wondering why you would need a watch with such an advanced feature if you aren’t partaking in regatta activities yourself. Well, there are plenty of instances where having the ability to time something accurately can be useful. Even everyday tasks like boiling your eggs perfectly or recording the length of timeouts count! The possibilities are endless.

How to Set your Countdown Timer on a Rolex Yacht-Master II

The countdown timer on the Rolex Yacht-Master II is an elegant and useful feature. You’ll need to set it up though before the beginning of the regatta to start the countdown at the appropriate time.

To set the countdown timer:

1. The timer needs to have stopped. If it is still going, push the upper pusher on the right hand side of the dial/case to stop the timer.

2. Once the timer is stopped, you need to turn the bezel to the left, or counterclockwise, a quarter turn. It will stop at a quarter as that’s as far as it can go, and it will click into place for you.

3. Push the bottom pusher on the right hand side of your case. When you push this button, it will stay pushed down. This bounces the second hand to zero or the 12 o’clock mark. The minute hand will also return itself back to wherever you previously had it set. Having the lower pusher depressed blocks you from pressing the upper pusher.

4. Unlock the crown by turning it counterclockwise. The crown is the center knob at the 3 o’clock position on the right hand side of your case. Turn the crown clockwise setting it to the minute that you need.

5. Once you’ve set the duration of your preferred countdown, you’re going to return to the bezel. Turn the bezel this time in a clockwise direction until the click, or a quarter turn. This action unlocks the upper pusher and lets go of the lower one.

6. Push your crown back in and rotate it clockwise until it locks. This ensures that your watch keeps its water resistance.

How to Use the Countdown Timer on your Rolex Yacht-Master II

The countdown timer on the Yacht-Master II is used to display how much time has passed in a race (or other endeavors). Many people use this feature when they’re tracking their own races, but it’s also useful for non-sporting activities.

Here’s how to use it:

1. Your top or upper pusher starts and stops your countdown. This is similar to other traditional Rolex complications like what you’d find on the Daytona . The lower pusher resets the timer.

2. The difference with the Yacht-Master from other chronograph watches is that you can jump forward or backward to the closest minute with a one touch to the lower button. There’s no need to reset the counter, wasting valuable time in a race.

3. To use the fly-back or fly-forward functions mentioned above, while the timer is running, give one quick press to the lower pusher. The timer resets itself to the closest minute while still running. This allows you to instantly start measuring the next duration, with no time lost.

Timing a Regatta Race using the Rolex Yacht-Master II

Ok, so your timer is set, and you know how to run it, but what are you supposed to do with it during a regatta race?

Regatta Racing (photo: Rolex)

1. If you’re unfamiliar with why you need a timer in a regatta, this isn’t unusual. A gun and a wave of a flag signal the countdown to the start of the race. When you see or hear this, then press the top pusher that starts the timer. If you did your job, your timer was set at the needed number of minutes ahead of time. At this point, the second hand is tracking the elapsed time since you started. The minutes hand will move every 60 seconds tracking the time until it hits the finish or zero. End of a countdown.

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2. There may be a point where you’ll have to pause and resync your timer. You’ll want it to maintain sync with the official clock. Being on-time is important in a regatta. This is easy to accomplish. When you hear the second or third prep signals, the official ones, press the lower pusher. This resets the second hand back to the beginning, or zero, synchronizing the minute hand back to the closest minute, thus syncing with the official clock.

3. At this point, the race has begun. Your personal countdown has finished and you’re off. Now you can restart your timer by pressing the top pusher to stop it and then the bottom pusher to reset it to the last programmed setting.

How to Use Your Rolex Yacht-Master II: Final Thoughts

Now you know how to use your Rolex Yacht-Master II in a regatta race. It’s a great watch that will make timing your races much easier and more accurate. Better yet, use your timer for anything you need a countdown for.

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The Rolex Yacht-Master II is a wristwatch designed for water enthusiasts with its exceptional waterproof capabilities. This mechanical timepiece has been meticulously crafted with an automatic winding mechanism, ensuring accurate timekeeping and eliminating the need for manual winding. It has a band material made of gold, exuding a luxurious and elegant aesthetic. Featuring an analog dial, the Yacht-Master II showcases a sophisticated and classic design. With a case diameter of 44 millimeters, this watch is bold and commanding on the wrist, making it a statement piece for any occasion. The watch case itself is crafted from a combination of gold and platinum, further accentuating its opulence. Certified by COSC, this timepiece guarantees precision and reliability in its performance. It is equipped with a chronograph function, allowing users to measure and record elapsed time accurately. Additionally, its water-resistant depth of 100 meters ensures that it can withstand substantial water pressure, making it suitable for swimming and other water-related activities. With three watch hands, including an hour hand, a minute hand, and a second hand, the Yacht-Master II provides clear and precise time indication. Whether you are sailing, navigating the waters, or simply making a stylish statement, this Rolex watch combines functionality with luxury, making it a sought-after accessory for watch enthusiasts worldwide.

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Can't find the answer to your question in the manual? You may find the answer to your question in the FAQs about the Rolex Yacht-Master II below.

What certifications does the Rolex Yacht-Master II have?

The Rolex Yacht-Master II has the following certifications: COSC.

A battery in my watch has started to corrode. Is the device still safe to use?

The product can still be used safely after proper cleaning. Remove the battery with gloves and clean the battery compartment with a toothbrush and vinegar. After drying, new batteries can be inserted into the device.

How do I set the time on my Rolex Yacht-Master II?

The time on your Rolex Yacht-Master II can be set by unscrewing the crown, and then turning it clockwise or counterclockwise to adjust the hour and minute hands to the desired time. Remember to screw the crown back in tightly afterward to ensure water resistance.

What's the proper way to operate the regatta chronograph function?

To use the regatta chronograph function on your Rolex Yacht-Master II, first ensure the crown is in its normal position. Press the top pusher to start the countdown. Once the countdown reaches zero, the chronograph will automatically start timing your race duration. Pressing the bottom pusher will reset the chronograph back to zero.

How can I adjust the countdown timer on my Yacht-Master II?

Adjusting the countdown timer on your Rolex Yacht-Master II is straightforward. First, unscrew the crown and pull it out to the second position. Turn the crown clockwise to increase the countdown time or counterclockwise to decrease it. Push the crown back in and screw it tightly after setting the desired countdown duration.

What should I do if the hands of my watch are not synchronized?

If the hands of your Rolex Yacht-Master II are not synchronized, it is essential to ensure the watch is functioning correctly. To realign the hands, unscrew the crown and pull it out to the last position. Turn the crown slowly in either direction until the hands are accurately aligned with the time. Push the crown back in and screw it tightly to secure the adjustment.

How do I activate and deactivate the mechanical memory function on my Yacht-Master II?

Activating and deactivating the mechanical memory function on your Rolex Yacht-Master II is done through the use of the bezel. To activate the memory, rotate the bezel counterclockwise until the triangle on the bezel aligns with the desired reference point. Conversely, turning the bezel clockwise will deactivate the mechanical memory. Ensure the bezel is securely positioned after setting the desired function.

Is the band material of the Rolex Yacht-Master II made of gold?

Yes, the band material of the Rolex Yacht-Master II is made of gold. This adds a luxurious touch to the watch and gives it a high-end aesthetic appeal.

Does the Rolex Yacht-Master II have a chronograph?

Yes, the Rolex Yacht-Master II has a chronograph feature. This allows the user to accurately measure and record elapsed time, making it a practical tool for precision timing.

What type of mechanism does the Rolex Yacht-Master II have?

The Rolex Yacht-Master II has a mechanical mechanism with automatic winding. This means that the watch is powered by the movement of the user's wrist, eliminating the need for manual winding.

Is the dial of the Rolex Yacht-Master II analog?

Yes, the dial of the Rolex Yacht-Master II is analog. This classic dial style is easy to read and appeals to those who prefer a traditional watch design.

Is the Rolex Yacht-Master II waterproof?

Yes, the Rolex Yacht-Master II is waterproof. This makes it suitable for water activities such as yachting or swimming, providing peace of mind to the user in wet conditions. Additionally, its water resistance sets it apart from comparable watches that may not offer the same level of protection.

Is the manual of the Rolex Yacht-Master II available in English?

Yes, the manual of the Rolex Yacht-Master II is available in English .

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One of the more intricate Rolex models is the Yacht-Master II. We’ve been taking a closer look at how to set your Rolex as well as read the details on your dials to better understand your Rolex watch. Whether you want to understand the material it is made of or the story it has to tell, check out our more recent blog article releases here . But anyways, back to the Yacht-Master II. Let’s take a look. 

The first thing to know is that you still set the time using the second position as we discuss here . The seconds hand is the small dial right above the 6 o'clock marker (with the 20, 30, 40 etc). In the below image, it's blue. But, that can change dependent on the material you choose for your Yacht-Master II.  But, we're going to take a closer look at the intricate dial of the Yacht-Master II and its uses. 

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If this is the first time you have taken a closer look at the Yacht-Master II, you may be a bit overwhelmed. The Yacht-Master II is the first model to offer a Regatta Chronograph, which is a timing feature for Regatta timing or a Regatta sailing event which includes a 10-minute countdown. The Yacht-Master II allows different countdown timers for 0 - 10 minutes, which can be used anytime in normal life if you need to time something for 10 minutes. 

 To use the programmable Regatta countdown, rotate the bezel to position two until it clicks at about 1 o’clock. After, push down the bottom pusher to set the bezel. At this point, you will unscrew the water-tight crown and start rotating it clockwise. It will jump to every minute. Let’s say we are going to set it at 8 minutes. Screw down the water-tight crown, and then, rotate the bezel back to its original position, which will cause the bottom pusher to pop back up into place. 

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Press the top pusher to begin the timer. As the seconds hand moves clockwise, you will see the red arrow move to the next number (7 minutes in our example). To stop the timer, simply press the top pusher again. If you want to reset your timer to what you previously set it at (8 minutes), simply press the bottom pusher. Because the Regatta chronograph has a mechanical memory, by resetting the time with the bottom pusher, the triangle hand will return to the last minute it was initially set at before the countdown begins. This Rolex watch is the first watch to offer a bezel that is directly built into the movement - an innovation in Rolex design. 

So, that’s a quick guide through a Yacht-Master II dial reading and use of the Regatta Chronograph. The Yacht-Master II bezel can have endless applications in everyday life as well - you don’t have to just be a sailor. Intricate in design but simple to use, is just what makes this such a work of art and perfection.

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When looking at the face of a Yacht-Master II the first thing everyone notices is the regatta chronograph and the red-contoured countdown arrow in the center.  A regatta is a boat race that often begins with a 10 Minute countdown.

The wearer can either set this movement or reset depending on the race’s official starting procedure. Putting this countdown on the face of the watch is one of the major changes from the original Yacht-Master and the Yacht-Master II. On the original Yacht-Master, the countdown is on the top right of the bezel between 12 o’clock and 3 o’clock.

The numbers on the bezel mirror those numbers on the regatta chronograph. The bezel also works in conjunction with the regatta chronograph, allowing the wearer to set and synchronize the sequence of race start times.

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The final number wheel on the Yacht-Master is a minute countdown. This smaller wheel will track the seconds in a minute, which is a very common need when sailing.

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Rolex Yacht-Master II: How to Set the Countdown Timer

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Deciding that you want to wear a Rolex Yacht-Master II is easy. It looks fantastic, it’s powered by the impressive Caliber 4161 movement, and it offers insane and highly-specialized functions. However, figuring out exactly how to use the Yacht-Master II may not seem as easy. So, here we’re going to break it down for you.

Now, at first glance, it may seem like a lot of steps, but don’t be fooled; Rolex has engineered this process to be quick and simple, despite the watch itself being a technologically-advanced mechanical masterpiece. After the first couple of times, you’ll remember these steps offhand and will be able to take full advantage of its complex functionality. Additionally, while this watch is designed to time the countdown for the start of a regatta, you can use the Rolex Yacht-Master II to do everything from timing a boiled egg to keeping track of your kids’ time-out. Get creative!

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Setting the Countdown Timer on the Rolex Yacht-Master II

You’ll need to set your Rolex Yacht-Master II up before the regatta to initiate the countdown and set yourself up for the race itself.

  • First, make sure that your countdown timer is stopped. If it’s not, simply press the top pusher to stop the timer’s seconds hand.
  • Next, rotate the bezel counterclockwise a quarter of a turn (as far as it will go; until it clicks into place).
  • Next, you’re going to push the lower pusher, which will stay depressed. This will reset the countdown seconds hand back to zero (12 o’clock) and the countdown minutes hand will reset itself back to the previous countdown time that was set. This will also block the top pusher from being able to be pressed in.
  • Now you’re going to set the countdown duration by unscrewing the crown and turning it clockwise until it hits the countdown minute you need.
  • Once the countdown duration has been set, turn the bezel clockwise a quarter-turn (as far as it will go; until it clicks into place). This unlocks the top pusher and releases the lower one.
  • Lastly, don’t forget your crown! Push in your winding crown and screw it securely back down to the case to ensure that your watch remains water-resistant while in use.

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Using the Countdown Timer on the Rolex Yacht-Master II

Now that your countdown is set, this is how you’ll put it to use.

  • Just like other Rolex watches with traditional chronograph complications (like the Daytona), the top pusher will start and stop the countdown timer on the Yacht-Master II, while the bottom pusher resets it.
  • However, unlike a traditional chronograph watch, the adjustable countdown timer on the Yacht-Master II features flyback and fly-forward functionality meaning that you can reset the timer to the nearest minute with a single push of a button, without having to stop or restart the timer at all.
  • To use the flyback (or fly-forward) function on the Yacht-Master II, simply press the bottom pusher while the countdown timer is running. The countdown timer will reset itself back to the nearest minute, and then keep running again, allowing you to immediately start measuring your next countdown duration without skipping a beat.

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Using the  Rolex Yacht-Master II  During a Regatta

Now that your countdown is set, this is how you’ll put it to use during a regatta

  • If you don’t know how a regatta begins, it is usually a starting gun and a flag that signals the official countdown. When this happens, press the upper pusher to start your countdown timer, which is already set to the appropriate number of minutes of the countdown. The seconds hand for the timer will start moving around the dial indicating elapsed time, and every 60-seconds, the minute hand will jump to the next number until it hits zero – aka the end of your countdown.
  • At some point, you may need to reset the countdown timer to synchronize with the official race clock. This allows you to ensure that you’re on-time with the official race clock, even if you do not start the timer at exactly the right time. To do this, all you need to do is press the lower pusher when you hear the second (or third) preparatory signal. What this does is reset the seconds hand to zero and synchronize the countdown minute hand to the nearest minute. This allows you to coordinate your watch’s countdown timer to the official race clock to give you the most accurate countdown to the official start of the race.
  • The race begins! Your countdown has reached zero and you’re now on your way. To reset the countdown timer back to its original setting, simply press the upper pusher to stop the regatta timer, and then press the lower pusher to reset the countdown back to the last setting that you programmed into the Yacht-Master II’s mechanical memory. With the boat race now underway, you are done! (at least until next time).

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    The Yacht-Master II allows different countdown timers for 0 - 10 minutes, which can be used anytime in normal life if you need to time something for 10 minutes. To use the programmable Regatta countdown, rotate the bezel to position two until it clicks at about 1 o'clock. After, push down the bottom pusher to set the bezel.

  14. How to Set Your Rolex Yacthmaster

    How to Set Your Rolex Yacht-Master: First, unscrew the winding crown until it is completely free from the threads that secure it to the case. To set the date display on your watch, pull the winding crown out to the first position and rotate it to advance the value displayed by the date window. To set the time, pull the winding crown out to the ...

  15. How to Read a Yacht-Master II

    Regatta Chronograph. When looking at the face of a Yacht-Master II the first thing everyone notices is the regatta chronograph and the red-contoured countdown arrow in the center. A regatta is a boat race that often begins with a 10 Minute countdown. The wearer can either set this movement or reset depending on the race's official starting ...

  16. Rolex Yacht-Master and Yacht-Master II

    The watch of the open seas. The Yacht-Master is easily recognizable for its bidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated bezel. This characteristic and functional bezel - which enables the wearer to read time intervals, for example, the sailing time between two buoys - plays a full part in creating the unique visual identity of the watch.

  17. Rolex Bezels: How to Use the Yacht-Master Bezel

    Measuring elapsed time with the Yacht-Master bezel is pretty straightforward up to 60 minutes. This would come in handy to calculate the sailing time between two buoys. To start, rotate the bezel in either direction to sync the zero market with the minute hand. Once finished, the minute hand will point to the amount of time that has passed ...

  18. Yacht Master II Tutorial

    A tutorial on how to operate the Rolex Yacht-Master II. This video will teach you how to set the time, wind the watch, and operate the regatta countdown feat...

  19. Rolex Yacht-Master II Ultimate Buying Guide

    Rolex Yacht-Master II Functions. Looks aside, the big talking point around the Rolex Yacht Master II lies in what it can do. There is a strong argument against calling the watch a genuine chronograph as it doesn't so much keep track of elapsed time in the traditional sense, as it does count backwards from a specific starting point, up to a maximum of 10-minutes.

  20. How to use the Rolex Yachtmaster II 116680? Easy Regatta ...

    Here are step by step instructions on how to set and use the Rolex Yachtmaster II. #Rolex #yachtmaster #regattacountdown #watchtutorial #watchreview Most peo...

  21. Rolex Yacht-Master II: How to Set the Countdown Timer

    To reset the countdown timer back to its original setting, simply press the upper pusher to stop the regatta timer, and then press the lower pusher to reset the countdown back to the last setting that you programmed into the Yacht-Master II's mechanical memory. With the boat race now underway, you are done! (at least until next time).

  22. HOW TO USE: Rolex Yacht-Master II, Instructional Video for Command

    https://www.jaztime.com/ ⇐ BUY SELL TRADE-ins ↪ HOW TO Video for the 116680 44mm Rolex Yacht-Master II, Ceramic Command bezel. Learn how to use the vari...