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Discover the Rolex GMT Master

The Rolex GMT Master is more than just a timepiece - it is a symbol of both luxury and functionality and embodies a rich history and outstanding craftsmanship. But what sets this watch apart from the rest? Let's take a peek into the world of this iconic Rolex watch to find out.

Brief summary

  • The Rolex GMT Master has evolved from a practical instrument to an iconic luxury timepiece.

  • The Timeless Nicknames of Rolex GMT-Master Models

  • Design features of the Modern Rolex GMT Master 2

Rolex GMT Master 2

The evolution of the Rolex GMT Master

The Rolex GMT Master I, introduced in 1954, represents an iconic turning point in the watchmaking world as a watch designed specifically for pilots and travelers. It was a response to the growing demand for an instrument that provided the ability to easily switch between different time zones. The watch came about in collaboration with Pan American World Airways (Pan Am), with the airline providing input on features that were essential for pilots flying around the world.

A distinctive feature of the GMT Master I was the introduction of the rotating 24-hour bezel, a convenient feature that allowed wearers to set a second time zone by simply rotating the bezel and reading the desired reference time. This made the watch particularly useful for pilots and globetrotters, who often had to deal with different time zones during their travels.

While the GMT Master I revolutionized the world of watches with multiple time zones, the evolution to the GMT Master 2 brought further improvements and modifications. One significant innovation was the introduction of an independently adjustable hour hand, allowing wearers to easily adjust the local time without affecting the precision of the other time zone.

Later models of the GMT Master 2 incorporated more advanced materials and technologies, such as the Cerachrom bezel, which is more durable and scratch-resistant than the bezel of the GMT Master I. The Chromalight display, another modern element, provides a long-lasting and bright luminous display even in low-light conditions.

Although the GMT Master I was the founder of the GMT concept, the GMT Master 2 has continued the legacy and perfected it with contemporary functionalities and refinements. Both models remain not only prized timekeeping instruments, but also beloved collectibles that reflect Rolex's rich history and dedication to craftsmanship and innovation.

Rolex GMT Master pepsi

Transitioning to a luxury watch

The GMT Master extends beyond its aviation origins. Its unparalleled design and extraordinary functionality have endeared it not only to frequent fliers, but also to avid collectors of Rolex watches for men

From its beginnings as an aviation instrument, it has evolved into a versatile, luxurious timepiece that strikes the perfect balance between timeless elegance and cutting-edge technology. Its versatile charm transcends boundaries, making it an icon in the world of haute horlogerie.

GMT-Master I Through the Years: A Detailed Exploration of Models

The Rolex GMT-Master I has been released in several models with unique characteristics, varying in production years, reference numbers and design elements. Here is an overview of some notable GMT-Master I models.

GMT-Master 6542

  • Year of production: 1954-1959
 
  • Reference number: 6542

  • The original GMT-Master, designed in collaboration with Pan Am, had a Bakelite bezel and was available with a so-called "Pussy Galore" dial.

GMT-Master 16750

  • Production year: 1981-1988
 
  • Reference number: 16750

  • This version introduced a new, more powerful Caliber 3075 and was available with a quickset function for the date.

GMT-Master 1675

  • Year of production: 1959-1980
 
  • Reference number: 1675

  • One of the longest-running models, it underwent several changes. Later versions introduced a dial with the white "Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified" logo.

GMT-Master 16700

  • Production year: 1988-1999
 
  • Reference number: 16700

  • The latest of the GMT-Master I series, with improvements such as a sapphire crystal and caliber 3175 movement.

Evolving Time: The Evolution of the GMT-Master 2

GMT-Master 2 16760

The GMT-Master 2 began with reference number 16760, also known as the "Fat Lady" or "Sophia Loren" because of its thicker case. This model introduced the use of sapphire glass and an independently adjustable hour hand, allowing travelers to easily adjust the local time without affecting the precision of the other time zone.

 

GMT-Master 2 116710

In 2007, the introduction of reference 116710 marked another milestone with the application of the Cerachrom bezel, an innovative ceramic material that is extremely scratch-resistant and durable. This reference also introduced the "Maxi Dial" and "Super Case" for a more modern look and better legibility.

 

GMT-Master 2 16710

Significant improvements were introduced with the transition to the 16710 in 1989. This model retained the independently adjustable hour hand and added an improved Quickset function for adjusting the date. The movement was also upgraded to caliber 3185, which increased accuracy and reliability.

 

GMT-Master 2 126710

The latest iteration, reference 126710, released in 2018, retains the essential features of its predecessors and adds the new caliber 3285 movement, extending the power reserve and improving accuracy.

Watch Icons: The Timeless Nicknames of Rolex GMT-Master Models

The nicknames "Batman," "Pepsi," "Coke," "Sprite" and "Rootbeer" are intrinsically linked to specific bezel color combinations on Rolex GMT-Master II models, giving them a distinctive identity and appeal within the world of luxury watches.

Pepsi

The timeless "Pepsi" nickname is traditionally associated with the red-and-blue bezel, reminiscent of the Pepsi logo. This classic color combination debuted on the Rolex GMT-Master reference 6542 in the 1950s. In 2018, the GMT-Master II reference 126710BLRO was introduced, bringing back the nostalgic "Pepsi" bezel with modern materials and technologies.

Coke

The "Coke" nickname, inspired by the red-and-black Coca-Cola logo, was first applied to the Rolex GMT-Master II reference 16760 in 1983. The bold color combination added a playful element to the design and was later adopted by other models such as the reference 16710.

Batman

The iconic "Batman" refers to the GMT-Master II reference 116710BLNR and 126710BLNR, launched in 2013 and 2018. With its striking blue-black Cerachrom bezel, this model not only reflects cutting-edge technology, but also takes on a dynamic appearance that reinforces its association with the well-known comic book character Batman.

Sprite

The Rolex GMT-Master II reference 126720VTNR, also known as the "Sprite," represents a refreshing and striking addition to the GMT-Master II collection. This model is distinguished by its green and black bezel.

Rootbeer

The Rolex GMT-Master II reference 126711CHNR is known for its distinctive bezel color, affectionately referred to as "Rootbeer." The bezel of this watch is a harmonious interplay of brown and black, reflecting the visual aesthetic of the carbonated beverage of the same name.

Design features of the Modern Rolex GMT Master 2

The Cerachrom Bezel

The Rolex Cerachrom bezel was first introduced in 2005. Cerachrom is the trade name given by Rolex to their specific type of ceramic used in the production of these bezels. The Cerachrom bezel is made of a highly durable and scratch-resistant ceramic material, and it has excellent properties such as resistance to discoloration caused by ultraviolet light. The introduction of the Cerachrom bezel marked an upgrade from the traditional aluminum bezels previously used on GMT-Master watches. Still prefer another Rolex model with the cerachrom bezel? Then be sure to check out our collection of the equally popular Rolex Submariner models.

The Jubilee and Oyster Bracelet

The oyster strap of the GMT Master 2 is another testament to Rolex's meticulous attention to detail. Made for maximum comfort and durability, this stainless steel strap ensures a snug fit, making Rolex professional watches, such as the GMT Master 2, a pleasure to wear.

The oyster bracelet is designed to be comfortable and secure for the wearer to enjoy the watch, while the Jubilee bracelet offers a more elegant and sophisticated alternative. Isn't a GMT Master II with jubilee bracelet dressy enough yet? Then be sure to check out our Datejust collection!

The Chromalight display

The Rolex GMT Master II is known for its impressive Chromalight display, which is a striking and functional feature of this watch. The Chromalight luminous material, developed by Rolex, provides long-lasting and bright light output in dark environments.

Chromalight uses a blue fluorescent material applied to the watch's hour markers and hands. This ensures optimal legibility even in low-light conditions. The blue light has the ability to shine longer than traditionally used luminescent materials, making it easier to read the time, especially during nighttime adventures or diving sessions.

The Chromalight display not only highlights the functionality of the Rolex GMT Master II, but also adds an aesthetic element to the watch's design. The subtle blue light adds to the overall allure of the watch while meeting Rolex's high standards of precision and performance.

Material options for the Rolex GMT Master 2

 

The Rolex GMT Master 2 is a testament to Rolex's versatility in materials. Whether it is the rugged stainless steel models, the luxurious yellow and white gold models or the elegant Everose models, each material option adds a unique charm to the watch.

The stainless steel models are perfect for everyday use, while the gold models add a touch of glamour.

A Rolex GMT Master II watch with a stainless steel case and black dial

Stainless Steel Models

Stainless steel models of the Rolex GMT Master 2 are a popular choice among watch enthusiasts. With their exceptional durability and corrosion resistance, these models are a testament to Rolex's commitment to quality and durability. The GMT Master 2's stainless steel construction ensures that it will stand the test of time.

GMT-Master 2 116710

The Rolex GMT-Master 2 reference 116710 is a watch that has made its mark on the world of luxury timekeeping since its debut in 2007. The model is often compared to its two iconic variants: the 116710LN and the 116710BLNR, known for their respective black and blue-black Cerachrom bezels.

The 116710LN is characterized by its classic black Cerachrom bezel, giving the watch an understated and timeless look. This variant is often the choice for those looking for a more subtle aesthetic to suit a variety of occasions. The black bezel contrasts beautifully with the rugged steel case and bracelet, creating a harmonious design.

On the other hand, we have the 116710BLNR, also known as the "Batman." This variant has a striking blue-black Cerachrom bezel, which gives the watch a bolder and sportier character. The color combination not only makes it visually appealing, but it has also led to the vivid nickname "Batman." This model has become a favorite among watch collectors because of its unique look.

The choice between the 116710LN and the 116710BLNR often comes down to personal preference. While the 116710LN offers a more understated and versatile look, the 116710BLNR attracts attention with its bold color combination and playful nickname. In any case, the 116710 series represents the perfect balance of functionality, aesthetics and craftsmanship within the GMT-Master II line.

Rolex GMT-Master 2 116710LN and 116710BLNR

GMT-Master 2 126710

The Rolex GMT-Master 2 reference 126710BLNR, also known as the "Batman," and the 126710BLRO, nicknamed the "Pepsi," were introduced in 2018 and differ mainly in the colors of their Cerachrom bezels.

The "Batman" (BLNR) is distinguished by its striking blue-black bezel. The combination of these colors gives the watch an elegant look, and the word "BLNR" refers to the French terms "Bleu Noir," which means blue-black.

On the other hand, we have the "Pepsi" (BLRO) with its distinctive red and blue bezel. The abbreviation "BLRO" stands for "Bleu Rouge," which means blue-red in French. The use of these colors is reminiscent of the world-famous Pepsi logo and gives the watch a vibrant and dynamic look.

Both models share the same technological features, such as the advanced movement and the choice between the Oyster or Jubilee bracelet. The distinctive bezel color scheme offers wearers the choice based on personal preference and style.

Rolex GMT-Master 2 126710BLNR and 126710BLRO

GMT-Master 2 126720VTNR

The Rolex GMT-Master 2 reference 126720VTNR, also known as the "Sprite," made its appearance in 2019 and is notable not only for its vibrant color scheme, but also for its specific design feature that makes the watch special for left-handed wearers.

The 126720VTNR's distinctive bezel features a striking green-black color combination, a nod to the refreshing Sprite soft drink logo.

A distinguishing feature of the 126720VTNR is the fact that this model is specifically designed for left-handers. The crown is located on the left side of the case, making it more comfortable for wearers who wear their watches on the right wrist. This design feature highlights Rolex's commitment to both aesthetics and practicality of use.

Rolex GMT-Master 2 126720VTNR

Yellow and white gold models

For those who prefer a touch of luxury, the yellow gold models of the Rolex GMT Master 2 are an excellent choice. The shine of yellow gold adds an element of sophistication to the watch, making it a perfect accessory for formal occasions. Looking for a gold Rolex watch for women? Then be sure to check out our Ladies collection!

Rolex GMT-Master 2 126718GRNR

Rolex GMT-Master 2 126718GRNR

Rolex GMT-Master 2 126713GRNR

Rolex GMT-Master 2 126713GRNR

Rolex GMT-Master 2 126719BLRO

Rolex GMT-Master 2 126719BLRO

Everose models

Everose refers to the use of rose gold. This high-quality material retains its luxurious look and offers a subtle and timeless aesthetic to the watch. The Everose models thus combine functionality with the warm and elegant look of rose gold.

Rolex GMT-Master 2 126711CHNR

Rolex GMT-Master 2 126711CHNR

Rolex GMT-Master 2 126715CHNR

Rolex GMT-Master 2 126715CHNR

Rolex GMT Master 2: A watch for celebrities and collectors

The Rolex GMT Master 2 is not just another watch, but a status symbol. Loved by celebrities and collectors, it adds a touch of luxury to their collections and accentuates their style. Famous personalities from various fields have been spotted wearing the Rolex GMT Master 2. These celebrity endorsements not only increase the watch's visibility but also attest to its versatile appeal, making it a coveted accessory among celebrities and fashionable people.

Maintaining Your Rolex GMT Master 2

Maintenance of a Rolex GMT-Master 2 is essential to maintain optimal performance and aesthetics. Regular cleaning with a soft cloth, avoiding contact with chemicals and regular water resistance checks are crucial. The watch should be overhauled by an authorized service center every 5-10 years, including lubrication, seal replacement and accuracy testing. Rinsing under lukewarm water after exposure to salt water is recommended. Avoiding extreme temperatures and shocks also helps maintain durability. Careful handling and regular professional care contribute to the longevity and performance of the Rolex GMT-Master II.

Summary

The Rolex GMT Master 2 is more than just a luxury watch - it is a blend of history, functionality and elegance. Its unique features, diverse material options and iconic models make it a sought-after timepiece among watch lovers, celebrities and collectors. Whether you are a pilot, fly a lot or just someone who appreciates craftsmanship, the Rolex GMT Master 2 is a watch that truly stands the test of time. Rather passionate about mountaineering? Then be sure to check out our Rolex Explorer Collection!

Frequently Asked Questions

The GMT Master is a great investment, and the Pepsi model regularly tops Timepeak's index of pre-owned watches. It holds its value over time, making it a worthwhile purchase.

GMT on Rolex stands for Greenwich Mean Time, a timekeeping system that has been replaced by Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). On the original GMT Master watch, a fourth hand complication was added that was directly linked to and displayed the same time zone as the standard 12-hour hand.

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