Rarely does Rolex make changes in leaps and bounds; the embellishments are minuscule rather than majuscule. This year’s Rolex GMT-Master II is no exception.
The GMT-Master was originally designed for professional use to aid airline pilots, however, its combination of functionality and instantly recognizable aesthetics has attracted a wider and extremely keen audience of devotees and world travelers.
The watch is designed to show the time in two different time zones simultaneously during intercontinental flights and is noted for its robustness and versatile appearance.
Essentially, the 2019 model is the same as last year’s new GMT, but with the two-color 24-hour graduated ceramic Cerachrome bezel in crisp black and blue. The molded, recessed graduations and numerals are coated with platinum PVD. The bezel can also be turned with ease thanks to its knurled edge, which offers excellent grip.
This year’s 40mm Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman” 126710BLNR features the new caliber 3285 movement, which uses the Chronergy escapement and is regulated to +2/-2 seconds per day with a 70-hour power reserve. The watch now comes on the new Jubilee bracelet with the Oysterlock clasp.
Water resistant to 100 meters with traditional hour, minute and seconds hands, there’s a triangle-tipped 24-hour hand, and using the bidirectional rotatable bezel, the GMT-Master II can display the time in two time zones simultaneously: either the local time and the reference time, or the local time and that of an alternative time zone. The date, at 3 o’clock on the dial, is synchronized with the local time.
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