Rolex GMT-Master II Watch - Rolex Swiss Luxury Watches

Keeping Pace
with Changing Times

Style of the GMT-Master II

Although the GMT-Master was designed essentially for professional use, its combination of peerless functionality and rugged good looks has attracted a wider travelling public. As well as appreciating its ability to display different time zones, these travellers admire the robustness and versatile appearance that make the GMT‑Master eminently suitable for globetrotting and, indeed, for any occasion.

24-Hour Display
and Independent Hour Hand

Function of the GMT-Master II

Bidirectional bezel system
bi • di • rec • tion • al
  1. A system patented by Rolex to allow a fluid and reliable rotation of the bezel in both directions.
  2. Used on the GMT-Master II to show a second time zone and on the Yacht-Master to monitor elapsed sailing time.
  3. A smart construction with a notched ring and trigonal spring providing constant torque, superior reliability and accurate positioning.
  4. Designed for minimal wear and maximum performance.
  5. The way to ensure effortless interaction between watch and wearer.
  6. The Rolex Way.
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Overview

User guide

Learn, Discover, Explore

The Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II allows travellers to adjust the watch to different time zones during a journey, while benefiting from a constant, clear display of the reference time

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Set your watch

Adjust the time and date in two time zones.

Start

Screwed-down position (position 0)

When the crown is completely screwed down against the case, the Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 meters (330 feet).

Step 1: Setting the reference time

The bezel should be in the neutral position
to ensure proper reference time.

Step 1: Setting the reference time

Step 1: Setting the reference time

The 24-hour hand aligns to the graduations on the bezel, while the minute
hand aligns to the graduations on the dial, by turning the crown in either
direction.

Step 2: Setting the date

Step 2: Setting the date

The date changes when the hour hand passes midnight, in either direction, after two full turns around the dial.

Step 3: Setting the local time

Be aware of the difference between noon and midnight, the date changes as the hour hand passes midnight.

Step 3: Setting the local time

The local time is identical to the reference time (24-hour hand) if the wearer is currently located in his reference zone. It can be easily adjusted when travelling.

  • 1 Step 1
  • 2 Step 2
  • 3 Step 3

For the purpose of this
demonstration the watch is set to a
different time than yours.

Please
interact with the watch,
or select NEXT to continue.

Unscrew the crown to position 1

Next

ENSURE THE TRIANGLE ON THE BEZEL IS ALIGNED TO THE 12 O’CLOCK MARKER

Next

Pull the crown out to the second notch, position 3

Next

Rotate crown to set reference time to

Next

Set the crown to the first notch, position 2

Next

Rotate crown to set the date to

Next

Rotate crown to set local time to

Next

Push in and then screw down the crown

Next

Time zones

The GMT-Master II can display
three time zones at the same time

Start

Reference time: Geneva

Imagine, you are in Geneva, your reference time is set to

Imagine you are travelling from Geneva to Beijing

Local time: Beijing

Local time in Beijing is 7 hours ahead of Geneva. It is indicated by the hour hand and can be adjusted without altering the reference time.

Now imagine you would like to know what time it is in San Francisco.

Third time: San Francisco

San Francisco is 9 hours behind Geneva. You can easily adjust to this time difference with the graduated 24-hour bezel.

Start Over Go to set your watch

Please, select the dials below to see how to read the 3 time zones.

Reference time is indicated by the 24-hour hand and the minute hand

Next

The crown in position 2 allows adjusting the local time to the 7 hour difference

Next

The bezel should be rotated 9 notches clockwise

Next

Simulation

Interact with the watch

Please, select the elements above to see
how they are displayed on the watch.

Second Timezone

Second Timezone

Function of the GMT-Master II

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. A second time zone can be set swiftly and read at a glance on a GMT-Master II.

The product
of the Jet Age

Spirit of the GMT-Master II

As intercontinental travel developed in the 1950s with the advent of the jet age, airliners began to fly swiftly across several successive time zones, obliging pilots to keep an eye on the time in various places in the world simultaneously (such as the airport of departure and arrival, or local time and GMT reference time).

The GMT-Master was developed to meet their needs, at the height of the golden age of air travel. It became the official watch of several intercontinental airlines, notably the famous Pan American World Airways, better known as Pan Am.

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Supersonic luxury

Supersonic luxury

Spirit of the GMT-Master II

When Concorde performed its final test flights in the 1960s, Rolex proudly announced that both the British and French test pilots (Brian Trubshaw and André Turcat) wore GMT-Masters. In an era of supersonic flight, the GMT-Master had become invaluable.

Cerachrom Bezel

Features

Manufactured by Rolex from an extremely hard ceramic material since 2005, the exclusive Cerachrom bezel insert and monobloc bezel have excellent anti-corrosion properties and keep their vibrant colours over time. They are virtually scratchproof, and are unaffected by exposure to sunlight as well as to chlorinated or sea water.

To inscribe the numerals and graduations on such a hard material, Rolex developed a unique process which culminates in their being coated with a thin layer of yellow gold or platinum. It takes 40 hours to produce each Cerachrom bezel. At Rolex, no measure is too extreme in the pursuit of beauty and function.

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The Parachrom Hairspring

Features

The Parachrom Hairspring

Easylink

Features

An increase in temperature, altitude or physical activity may cause your wrists to expand and can even make wearing a watch uncomfortable. This is why Rolex invented and patented Easylink, an extension system that lets the wearer increase the bracelet length by about 5 mm to regain maximum comfort. Perfectly integrated into the watch's design and hidden beneath the clasp, the Easylink system’s opening and closing mechanism is tested thousands of times in the most extreme conditions to guarantee reliability.

Oyster Bracelet

Features

Oyster Bracelet

The Oyster bracelet is a perfect alchemy of form and function, aesthetics and technology. First introduced in the late 1930s, this particularly robust and comfortable metal bracelet with its broad, flat three-piece links remains the most universal bracelet in the Oyster collection.

Triplock
Winding Crown

Features

The Triplock winding crown is a patented triple waterproofness system designed especially for divers’ watches. Developed by Rolex, it resists water pressure to depths of 300 metres (1,000 feet) on the Submariner models and some other Professional models, and 3,900 metres (12,800 feet) on the Rolex Deepsea.

First introduced in 1970, the Triplock system consists of 10 different elements crafted from the most reliable materials. The winding crown screws down against the Oyster case as tightly and hermetically as a submarine’s hatch.

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3186 Movement

3186 Movement

Features

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The GMT-Master II

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