Chasing new horizons
An original version of the GMT-Master II with the crown on the left side of the case and a green and black bezel insert.
This new edition of the watch echoes the GMT-Master created in 1955 which accompanied the advent of commercial flight. Adjustments were needed to move the winding crown to the left side of the watch case and the date aperture to 9 o’clock. Changes were also required to the process of measuring the precision of the watch during final testing.
The Cerachrom bezel insert combines green and black in an original colour pairing reserved for this watch. Its 24-hour graduation enables the time in a second time zone to be read in association with the distinctive green, triangle-tipped 24-hour hand.
The Chromalight display, with optimized luminescent material, and the new crystal with anti-reflective coating offer enhanced legibility in all conditions.
This new version of the Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II is equipped with calibre 3285, which was launched in 2018 on this range. Robust and reliable, this cutting-edge movement offers excellent chronometric performance.
The GMT-Master II with the crown on the left is available with an Oyster or Jubilee bracelet.
One instrument, several time zones
Designed as a navigation aid for professionals criss-crossing the globe, over time the GMT-Master became the watch of choice for travellers. It has a unique and instantly recognizable design with a bidirectional rotatable bezel and a 24-hour graduated insert, which has been made available in various dual-colour combinations – the lower half symbolizing daytime and the upper signalling night-time – as well as in single colour versions. The GMT-Master, a true ‘tool watch’, evolved continually to offer increasing technical performance. In 1982, Rolex unveiled the GMT-Master II, with a movement that allowed the hour hand to be set independently of the other hands.
With traditional hour, minute and seconds hands, a triangle-tipped 24-hour hand, and a bidirectional rotatable bezel with a 24-hour graduated Cerachrom insert, 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 is synchronized with the local time.
Rolex played a pioneering role in the development of special ceramics for creating monobloc bezels and bezel inserts. Not only are these materials virtually scratchproof, their colours are also of a rare intensity and are resistant to environmental effects. In addition, thanks to its chemical composition, the high-tech ceramic is inert and cannot corrode. Rolex has developed exclusive expertise and innovative manufacturing methods that grant it complete independence in the production of these ceramic components.
On the new version of the GMT-Master II, the bidirectional rotatable bezel is fitted with a two-colour, 24-hour graduated Cerachrom insert in green and black ceramic. The moulded, recessed graduations and numerals are coated with platinum via PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition). The bezel can also be turned with ease thanks to its knurled edge, which offers excellent grip.