New Rolex GMT-Master II Watch: Baselworld 2014
The new GMT-Master II is equipped with a two-tone Cerachrom bezel insert in red and blue. Discover more about its features on the Official Rolex Website.

GMT-Master II

How Rolex achieved the impossible

Some things do not exist for a very simple reason: they are considered impossible to create. That is what was said about two-colour ceramic. No one had managed to discover a way of manufacturing a watch component in high-technology ceramic with bulk colouring in two distinct colours. No one before Rolex...

New GMT-Master II watch

The new GMT-Master II perpetuates the Rolex tradition of constantly extending the boundaries of the possible.

Rolex GMT-Master II 2014
New GMT-Master II
New GMT-Master II watch: Baselworld 2014

The Traveller's Watch

The new GMT-Master II

The Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II is renowned as the watch for long‑haul travellers. Precise, reliable and functional, it was designed to allow airline pilots to read the time in two different time zones simultaneously.

The new-generation GMT-Master II with two-colour Cerachrom bezel inserts in ceramic is a distillation of Rolex expertise and technology that remains faithful to the style of the legendary watch created in 1955.

Rolex GMT-Master II watch 2014

Greenwich Mean Time

The new GMT-Master II

In function as well as in name, the GMT-Master II evokes intercontinental travel across time zones. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) marks mean solar time at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London − the location of the original meridian used for calculating longitude and determining different time zones around the world.

As intercontinental travel developed in the 1950s with the advent of the jet age, airliners began to fly swiftly across several successive time zones, making it important to know simultaneously the time in various places in the world (such as the airport of departure and arrival, or local time and GMT reference time). The GMT-Master was developed to meet the specific needs of airline pilots. It became the official watch of the famous Pan American World Airways, better known as Pan Am.

Two time zones simultaneously

The new GMT-Master II

An evolution of the first model, the GMT-Master II was launched in 1982. In addition to conventional hour, minute and seconds hands, it features an arrow-tipped hand which circles the dial once every 24 hours as well as a bidirectional rotatable 24-hour graduated bezel. This 24-hour hand displays the reference time in a first time zone ('home' time for example), which can be read on the graduations on the bezel.

Travellers can read local time on the dial, indicated by the hour hand. It is easily set when crossing time zones, by “jumping” from hour to hour thanks to an ingenious mechanism operated via the winding crown. The adjustment can be made independently of the minute and seconds hands, without affecting the time for the first time zone or stopping the watch. As a result, travellers can simultaneously read the time where they are as well as their reference time, which is displayed in a 24-hour format to clearly differentiate daytime hours from night-time hours (for example 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.). 

If desired, the time in a third time zone can also be displayed by turning the graduated bezel the corresponding number of hours. The time in this zone is indicated by the 24-hour hand against the bezel.

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GMT-Master II