GMT-Master II

The Cosmopolitan Watch

Designed to show the time in two different time zones simultaneously, the GMT-Master, launched in 1955, was originally developed as a navigation instrument for professionals criss-crossing the globe.

Heir to the original model, the GMT-Master II was unveiled in 1982, with a new movement ensuring ease of use. Its combination of peerless functionality, robustness and instantly recognizable aesthetics has attracted a wider audience of world travellers.

  • High-Technology


  • The emblematic two-colour bezel makes the GMT-Master II instantly recognizable. This bidirectional rotatable bezel is fitted with a 24-hour graduated Cerachrom insert manufactured from extremely hard ceramic, created thanks to a pioneering process developed by Rolex. 

  • The two-colour Cerachrom insert is divided in two halves: one for daytime hours and the other for night-time. Rolex developed an exclusive technique to create the Cerachrom insert in red and blue – the GMT-Master’s original colours. The sharp, clear demarcation between the two colours is the result of great delicacy and precision during different stages of the colouring process.

  • The 18 ct Everose gold and Everose Rolesor versions of the GMT-Master II introduced in 2018 both feature a bezel with a Cerachrom insert in a black and brown ceramic. On the dial of each watch, the name “GMT-Master II” is inscribed in powdered rose, a first for the range.

  • The GMT-Master II in 18 ct white gold presented in 2019 features a meteorite dial for the first time. This dial is crafted from an extremely rare slice of iron meteorite that travelled billions of kilometres across the solar system to reach Earth. 

  • Two time Zones
    at once


  • When abroad, travellers can read the time in two time zones simultaneously. With traditional hour, minute and seconds hands, a triangle-tipped 24-hour hand and a bidirectional rotatable bezel with 24-hour graduated Cerachrom insert, the GMT-Master II can display either the local time and the reference time, or the local time and that of an alternative time zone.

  • The GMT-Master II houses calibre 3285, a movement that allows travellers to easily adjust their local time via the winding crown, without stopping the watch or affecting the 24-hour hand. As a result, people can simultaneously read their local time as well as the time “back home”. The date change is linked to the traditional hour hand (local time).

  • The GMT-Master II is equipped with calibre 3285, a new-generation movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. A consummate demonstration of technology, this self-winding mechanical movement offers fundamental gains in terms of precision, convenience and reliability, as well as resistance to shocks and magnetic fields. Calibre 3285’s power reserve is approximately 70 hours.

  • The 18 ct gold versions and the Everose Rolesor version of the GMT-Master II are fitted with the three-piece link Oyster bracelet, while the Oystersteel versions are available with an Oyster bracelet or with a five-piece link Jubilee bracelet. In 2019, the blue and black Cerachrom bezel insert, Oystersteel and Jubilee bracelet were brought together on the GMT-Master II for the first time.

  • The Oyster and Jubilee bracelets are equipped with a Rolex-designed Oysterlock safety clasp that prevents accidental opening. It is also fitted with the Easylink rapid extension system that allows the wearer to increase the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm, providing additional comfort.

  • Conquering
    The Skies


  • The Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master was launched in 1955, at a time when intercontinental travel was experiencing a rapid expansion. It even became the official watch of Pan American World Airways – better known as Pan Am – then the most prominent American intercontinental airline.

  • When Concorde, the first supersonic passenger airliner, performed its final test flights in the 1960s, Rolex proudly announced that both the British and French test pilots wore GMT-Master watches, cementing the status of the GMT-Master in an era of supersonic flight.

  • 1955 - Launch of the GMT-Master
    24-hour graduated two-colour insert in plexiglass
  • Emblematic design
    On the original 1955 model, the 24-hour graduated bezel insert was divided into two halves – one red, to correspond with daylight hours, and one blue, for night-time. Over the years, the insert has been made available in different colour combinations. Initially made from Plexiglas, it was replaced by anodized aluminium in 1959 and high-technology ceramic in 2005.

  • 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 minute hand and the 24-hour hand were synchronized. In 1982, Rolex introduced a new movement that allowed the hour hand to be set independently of the other hands.

  • 2005 - GMT-Master II
    with 24-hour graduated Cerachrom insert in black ceramic.
  • Ceramic bezel insert
    In 2005, Rolex replaced the bezel insert in aluminium with ceramic – a further innovation. As a pioneer in the design and creation of ceramic components, the brand developed its monobloc bezels and monobloc ceramic inserts in-house.

  • 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.
  • 2018 - GMT-Master II
    with 24-hour graduated two-colour Cerachrom insert in brown and black ceramic. Introduction of the new-generation calibre 3285

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