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NEW GMT-MASTER II

BASELWORLD 2018

For the very first time, the bezel with a graduated
two-colour Cerachrom insert in red and blue ceramic is available on the GMT-Master II in Oystersteel, with a Jubilee bracelet.

New Rolex GMT-Master II

Designed to display the time in two time zones at once, the Oyster Perpetual
GMT-Master II is the perfect watch for global travellers.

Originally designed to aid airline pilots in their navigation, the
GMT-Master has become an unmistakable icon. Over the years its emblematic bezel has been presented in various colours, in both single and two-coloured combinations. It is the signature feature of its unique and instantly recognizable aesthetics.
With a traditional hour, minute and seconds display via hands; a 24-hour hand; and a bidirectional rotatable bezel with a 24-hour graduated Cerachrom insert, it is possible to read the time in two time zones at once: either the local time and a reference time, or the local time and another time zone as desired. The date, shown at 3 o’clock, is synchronized with the local time display.

THE COSMOPOLITAN WATCH

The cosmopolitan watch par excellence, the Oyster Perpetual
GMT-Master II allows travellers to read the time in two different time zones simultaneously. Precise, reliable, robust and functional, it is a reference among watches with multiple time zones.
At Baselworld 2018, Rolex is introducing three new versions of the
GMT-Master II with a brand new movement, the new-generation calibre 3285, and a new image. The first new version, in Oystersteel, is equipped with a bidirectional rotatable bezel and a 24-hour graduated two-colour Cerachrom insert in red and blue ceramic. The lugs and sides of its Oyster case have been redesigned, and the watch is fitted on a five-link Jubilee bracelet.

GMT-MASTER II in 18 ct Everose gold

with a two-colour Cerachrom insert in brown and black ceramic

GMT-MASTER II in 18 ct Everose gold

with a two-colour Cerachrom insert in brown and black ceramic

Everose Gold,
Brown and black ceramic

Two other versions of the GMT-Master II introduce 18 ct Everose gold to the range for the very first time. The first is crafted entirely from this refined, exclusive alloy, and the second is available in an Everose Rolesor version, combining Oystersteel and 18 ct Everose gold.

On the dials of both watches, the name “GMT-Master II” is inscribed in powdered rose. The bezels are fitted with two-colour Cerachrom inserts in a black and newly developed brown ceramic.

GMT-MASTER II in Everose Rolesor

with a 24-hour graduated two-colour Cerachrom insert
New Rolex GMT-Master II watch - Baselworld 2018

OYSTERSTEEL, Red and blue ceramic, Jubilee bracelet

The first of the new GMT-Master II versions introduced in 2018 is in Oystersteel. It is fitted onto a five-link Jubilee bracelet, also in Oystersteel, and has a bidirectional rotatable bezel and a 24-hour graduated two-colour Cerachrom insert in red and blue ceramic – calling to mind the colours used on the original GMT-Master in 1955. It is the first time that the Jubilee bracelet, Oystersteel and the two-colour Cerachrom insert in red and blue ceramic have been brought together on the GMT-Master II.

The case and bracelet,
symbols of safety and comfort

The Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master has been equipped with the Oyster case since its conception. This case is one of the definitive elements of a Rolex watch, with exemplary shock-resistance and waterproofness. In addition, for easy reading of the date, the crystal is fitted with a Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock – another Rolex innovation.

As of 1959, a crown guard has been stamped as an integral part of the middle case to protect the winding crown. Although the original GMT-Master was fitted onto an Oyster bracelet, over time some variants have featured the celebrated Jubilee bracelet that was launched in 1945.

THE CHALLENGE OF THE TWO-COLOUR INSERT

Mastering the use of ceramics has enabled Rolex to equip its watches with cutting-edge ceramic bezel inserts and monobloc bezels. This expertise, the result of applied internal research and the creation of a manufacturing process unique to Rolex, heralded the beginning of a new era for the brand.

In 2005, Rolex unveiled its first watch with a ceramic insert: an Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II in 18 ct yellow gold with a bidirectional rotatable bezel and a 24-hour graduated insert in black ceramic.

In 2013, Rolex introduced an Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II with a two-colour Cerachrom insert in blue and black ceramic, and a year later, the watch was released with a two-colour Cerachrom insert in red and blue ceramic. Each two-colour combination on a single-piece ceramic component was a world first.

Today, the palette ranges from brown, a colour introduced in 2018, to black, green, blue, chestnut brown and red. Clear, deep and intense, these coloured ceramics bring a unique vibrancy to the watches.

NEW Calibre 3285

With 10 patent applications filed over the course of its development, this self-winding mechanical movement is a consummate demonstration of Rolex technology, at the forefront of the art of watchmaking. Calibre 3285 offers fundamental gains in terms of precision, power reserve, resistance to shocks and magnetism, convenience and reliability. Calibre 3285 incorporates the Chronergy escapement patented by Rolex, which combines high energy efficiency with great dependability. Made of nickel-phosphorus, it is also insensitive to magnetic interference.

New Calibre 3285
Calibre 3285
A new-generation movement

Barrel

Oscillator with blue Parachrom hairspring

Chronergy escapement

History
OF THE
GMT-MASTER II

FOR LONG-HAUL TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE

Launched in 1955, the Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master witnessed the rapid expansion of intercontinental travel in the latter half of the 20th century. It even became the official watch of Pan American World Airways, better known worldwide as Pan Am, the most prominent American intercontinental airline at the time.

In 1959, a major event marked the partnership: the first non-stop Pan Am Jet Clipper flight from New York to Moscow. The captain was wearing a
GMT-Master, which was used as a navigation aid during the flight.

1955 - Launch of the GMT-Master

24-hour graduated two-colour insert in Plexiglas

Emblematic design

The bidirectional rotatable bezel and 24-hour graduated two-colour or single-colour Cerachrom insert are central to the design of the GMT-Master II. On the original 1955 model, the insert was divided into two halves – one red, to correspond with daylight hours, and one blue, for night-time hours.

Over the years, the 24-hour graduated insert has been made available in a range of other colours.

1959 - GMT-Master

with 24-hour graduated two-colour insert in anodized aluminium

Precise, reliable, robust and functional

At the beginning, the bezel’s 24-hour graduated insert was made from Plexiglas, with the colours, numerals and graduations painted on the reverse.

In 1959, the Plexiglas was replaced with aluminium, and the colours and inscriptions were created using anodization – an electrochemical process that also increased the metal’s scratch resistance.

GMT-Master brochure

published in 1956

1982 - Launch of the GMT-Master II

The new movement allowed the hour hand to be set independently

Independent hour hand

On the original GMT-Master, the conventional hour hand, the minutes hand, and the 24-hour hand are synchronized. In 1982, Rolex introduced a new movement that allowed the hour hand to be set independently of the other hands.

To clearly mark this evolution, and to avoid any confusion with the existing GMT-Master watches, the models fitted with the optimized movement were named the GMT-Master II. From then on, using and setting the watch became easier and more intuitive.

2005 - GMT-Master II

with 24-hour graduated insert in black ceramic

INTRODUCTION OF THE CERAMIC BEZEL INSERT

In 2005, Rolex replaced the aluminium by ceramic – a further innovation. As a pioneer in the design and creation of ceramic components, the brand developed its own knowledge and expertise to produce its monobloc bezels and ceramic inserts in-house.

For optimal legibility, the numerals and graduations are moulded into the ceramic and then coated with a thin layer of gold or platinum via Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD). This exclusive component is virtually scratchproof and is unaffected by the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

2013 - GMT-Master II

with 24-hour graduated two-colour Cerachrom insert in blue and black ceramic

2014 - GMT-Master II

with 24-hour graduated two-colour Cerachrom insert in red and blue ceramic
New Rolex GMT-Master II watch - Baselworld 2018
Specifications
Reference
126710BLRO
Model case
Model case
Oyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel
Oyster architecture
Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown
Diameter
40 mm
Material
Oystersteel
Bezel
Bidirectional rotatable 24-hour graduated bezel. Two-colour red and blue Cerachrom insert in ceramic, engraved numerals and graduations
Winding crown
Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system
Crystal
Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date
Water-resistance
Waterproof to 100 metres / 330 feet
Movement
Movement
Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding, GMT function
Calibre
3285, Manufacture Rolex
Precision
Functions
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. 24-hour display. Second time zone with independent rapid-setting of the hour hand. Instantaneous date. Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Oscillator
Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. High-performance Paraflex shock absorbers
Winding
Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Power reserve
Approximately 70 hours
Bracelet
Bracelet
Jubilee, five-piece links
Bracelet material
Oystersteel
Clasp
Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link
Dial
Dial
Black
Details
Highly legible Chromalight display with long-lasting blue luminescence
Certification
Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing)
Specifications
Reference
126711CHNR
Model case
Model case
Oyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel and Everose gold
Oyster architecture
Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown
Diameter
40 mm
Material
Everose Rolesor - combination of Oystersteel and 18 ct Everose gold
Bezel
Bidirectional rotatable 24-hour graduated bezel. Two-colour brown and black Cerachrom insert in ceramic, engraved numerals and graduations
Winding crown
Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system
Crystal
Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date
Water-resistance
Waterproof to 100 metres / 330 feet
Movement
Movement
Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding, GMT function
Calibre
3285, Manufacture Rolex
Precision
Functions
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. 24-hour display. Second time zone with independent rapid-setting of the hour hand. Instantaneous date. Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Oscillator
Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. High-performance Paraflex shock absorbers
Winding
Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Power reserve
Approximately 70 hours
Bracelet
Bracelet
Oyster, flat three-piece links
Bracelet material
Everose Rolesor - combination of Oystersteel and 18 ct Everose gold
Clasp
Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link
Dial
Dial
Black
Details
Highly legible Chromalight display with long-lasting blue luminescence
Certification
Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing)
Specifications
Reference
126715CHNR
Model case
Model case
Oyster, 40 mm, Everose gold
Oyster architecture
Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown
Diameter
40 mm
Material
18 ct Everose gold
Bezel
Bidirectional rotatable 24-hour graduated bezel. Two-colour brown and black Cerachrom insert in ceramic, engraved numerals and graduations
Winding crown
Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system
Crystal
Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date
Water-resistance
Waterproof to 100 metres / 330 feet
Movement
Movement
Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding, GMT function
Calibre
3285, Manufacture Rolex
Precision
Functions
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. 24-hour display. Second time zone with independent rapid-setting of the hour hand. Instantaneous date. Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Oscillator
Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. High-performance Paraflex shock absorbers
Winding
Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Power reserve
Approximately 70 hours
Bracelet
Bracelet
Oyster, flat three-piece links
Bracelet material
18 ct Everose gold
Clasp
Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link
Dial
Dial
Black
Details
Highly legible Chromalight display with long-lasting blue luminescence
Certification
Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing)
New GMT-Master II 2018

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