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ilovethiscity 14 December 2020 06:08 AM

What a total stunner! Thanks for sharing OP, enjoy it, well deserved no doubt!

Oldfellow 14 December 2020 06:23 AM

Great watch, and excellent review and photos.
Best post here for a while. Congratulations. :cheers::thumbsup:

climblaw25 14 December 2020 07:02 AM

Dude -- you are making want one of these REALLY bad. Great write up. Congrats, and enjoy!!!

JSol1 14 December 2020 07:42 AM

As a sailor this watch was always something I wanted for the movement, but I can’t wear it with my chicken wrists. I always wondered if the case size was strictly due to the movement or more about legibility. Perhaps yo would know?

PNBLWZD 14 December 2020 08:13 AM

Great pics and write up! I too had this watch on my wishlist for a long time and kept putting it off. After watching gray prices keep going up I finally got one a few months ago and really like it also. I agree; Super comfortable and looks great, like a super sized Daytona.

drrd 14 December 2020 08:14 AM

Thanks for this.

Very nice write up and great pictures.

DoDe 14 December 2020 08:23 AM


Originally Posted by Danny83 (Post 11126795)
Congrats !!! great pics and review

This. Amazing :clap:

Doood 14 December 2020 08:24 AM

This is a great reference. Love the case silhouette. Do you like the new hands? I regret not getting one before they made the change, but was just not ready yet to confidently pull this off and am still not, but maybe in 10 years. This is an unapologetic watch, for sure, maybe even more so than the TT sea dweller. Congratulations and great pics as always. Do you miss your hulk?

jerryguo 14 December 2020 08:30 AM

fantastic pick up, itís an awesome watch if you have a place for it in your collection!

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forgedblades 14 December 2020 08:45 AM

This is a watch I love and have had my eye on for a few years. Love the way it looks and feels on the wrist. Have not been able to pull the trigger on one yet but soon..very soon.

Mystro 14 December 2020 08:58 AM


Originally Posted by JSol1 (Post 11127441)
As a sailor this watch was always something I wanted for the movement, but I canít wear it with my chicken wrists. I always wondered if the case size was strictly due to the movement or more about legibility. Perhaps yo would know?

Size feels natural with the dual dial set up and I am sure the Rolex targeted in on the 44mm size as optimal to fit the sub second dial and countdown dial. I can really read the exact time with the white dial and the hash marks between the lume markers. Super crisp and the fine point of the minute hand is very precise.
The dial is really very beautiful and symmetrical. The watch doesnít feel large compared to a 44mm Panerai or large AP ROOC. To me it feels like a well balanced 42mm watch on my wrist.

To answer another question regarding the new 10th anniversary dial and hands: I initially tried on the YMII back when it had the thinner blue metallic hands. The blue hands contrasted more but I much prefer the white gold markers and the larger 12 and 6 oíclock markers. It sets the dial up better and in total darkness, both the larger hands and markers really glow more and is easier to orientate the time at a quick glance. The lume is surprisingly good. FYI: the countdown red triangle is NOT lumed and was very wise of Rolex to do this as it would clutter the the dial under low light conditions and make it very hard to tell what hand is what.

This is more of a personal style preference but the watch being more monochromatic is cleaner looking to my eyes without the blue hands. Everything is a trade off.

As a historical info to this movement. The 4161 is the second generation of this movement. When initially introduced only in yellow or white gold back in 2007, it had the caliber 4160. They had some initial issues with some lag time between button push and start of the timer. Rolex revised the movement when they introduced the YM2 in all SS. That movement was upgraded with several key benefits like more shock proof, instant activation of the timer, etc.. Rolex stepped up to fine tune a very complex movement to really perfect it to the caliber 4161. The Sky Dweller benefited from this 2nd gen YMII movement upgrade.

My current accuracy test are yielding a +1 second a day in any position I have rested it over night. Seems to keep perfect time on the wrist so I am smiling.:thumbsup: I have yet to do a power reserve test because I donít want to take it off my wrist to do the test yet.:chuckle:

ď Rolex says they spend over 35,000 to develop the in-house caliber 4161. It is comprised of over 360 parts. Out of those parts, Rolex says ďsome of them are made by UV-LiGA, a micromanufacturing technology entirely mastered in-house by Rolex. This technology allows the production of components whose tiny proportions or complex geometry rule out manufacturing by traditional machining methods.Ē

The caliber 4161 is equipped with Rolexís own Parachrom hairspring. It is made from a niobium and zirconium alloy, resulting in a hairspring that is anti-magnetic and up to 10 time more resistant to shocks than traditional hairsprings. Rolex marketing brochures claim the 4161 has an accuracy of -2/+2 seconds per day. For this reason, they feel their watches surpass the requirements of a COSC certification, so in 2015 they made their own Superlative Chronometer certification which is issued once the movement has been cased. MSRP $18,750 usdĒ.

sgwatchguy 14 December 2020 08:58 AM

Congrats! Excellent review, thank you for the effort. As always, your pictures delight. Enjoy the new timepiece! :cheers:

redhead4rolex 14 December 2020 10:10 AM

Those are some great shots! Congratulations!

Mystro 14 December 2020 10:17 AM

I want to thank my forum brothers for all your kind words. It doesn’t get said enough that the members and their enthusiast participation is what makes TRF what it is. :cheers:

The photography was done with a Samsung Note 20 Ultra. Some watches can be difficult to get a decent pic but the YMII is a super model and has enough contrast and colors to showcase a real world look. I will have more pics to come with snow on its way here in the North East.

DoctorA 14 December 2020 10:28 AM

I have to be honest, I always loved the YMII. Never got to buy one as I had other watches that came on the way
I love your pics snd you really got me now thinking I need to add one to the collection!
Enjoy in great health!

august1410 14 December 2020 10:34 AM

An excellent review of a watch that was never on my radar. I had always thought it to be a little busy or even ostentatious, but your review allowed me a second glance and more of an understanding of the watch. As others have said, your photos are top notch. I have a lot more respect and a bit more interest in a watch that previously had not garnered muc attention from me.

Goin2drt 14 December 2020 10:37 AM

Thanks for sharing and congrats. I also love this watch and never understood why it does not get more love. It is amazing and so beautiful looking.

Dr Process 14 December 2020 11:40 AM

Awesome. Have a soft spot for this reference. Congrats!

Mystro 14 December 2020 12:39 PM

We were not going on vacation this winter so it was a good time to make a purchase I have been thinking about for a long time now.

Mystro 14 December 2020 12:42 PM


1978 14 December 2020 01:00 PM

Thanks so much for this review! I love this complication, Iíve never considered the YM2 because itís just too big for me to wear comfortably, but if it looks just right for you!

Ksporty 14 December 2020 01:13 PM

Great reference and great review. Itís not for everyone, but I love it.

macrowatch 14 December 2020 01:15 PM

Epic review. Thanks!

joli160 14 December 2020 01:37 PM

Mystro, do you perhaps know if there is any other difference than the hands between the first and second generation YMII ?

Bladeshot 14 December 2020 01:41 PM

Cheers! Great review and congrats!

Boaters 14 December 2020 02:49 PM

Great review always such an enjoyable read. Always liked that reference and as always with your reviews have got me seriously considering it again. Your pictures as always are second to none. Big congrats and Happy Holidays to you and yours. :cheers:

DomM 14 December 2020 04:15 PM

I also own the same YM 2. I have several Rolex watches including Daytona, gmt2, sub. The YM2is my favorite watch of them all for many of the same reasons you mention. The fact it is less common and not liked by many just adds to its desire for me.

scombs263 14 December 2020 04:21 PM

Great post. Even better pictures. Well done.

18078pres 14 December 2020 08:15 PM

I like the reference, but the name on the bezel is it's achilles heel

tudk 14 December 2020 09:08 PM

Thankyou for such a wonderful post

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