GMT-Master II: 4 Aviator Timepieces To Check Out!

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GMT Master, with the collaboration of Rolex and Pan American Airways, has been created as a navigation device for experts from all over the world to automatically demonstrate time in two different timezones. It was also created for navigators and pilots of the mentioned airlines and one of the Rolex Professional watches. GMT refers to Greenwich Mean Time or Coordinated Universal Time.

GMT-Master II is considered as the heir of the original model and was exhibited in 1982. One of its models has a vibrant red and blue bezel, which has a similarity to the logo of the American soft drinks company, Pepsi, making the Rolex enthusiasts refer to the model as Pepsi. In this article, the factual features about the latest successor of the GMT-Master, the iconic GMT-Master II.

History of GMT-Master II

The fame of GMT-Master in supersonic flight all started when the British and French pilots of Concorde, the first supersonic passenger airliner, tested flights in 1960 while having the GMT-Master watches on their wrists.

In the early years of the 1980s, the Rolex GMT Master II was released, even though the production of the original version was still ongoing. In the 1990s, the original GMT-Master stopped manufacturing. The watch looks the same, it uses an extra movement with an individually controllable speed setting hour hand, which is adjustable to local time without stopping the seconds or disrupting GMT minutes and 24 hour hand.

In 2005, an improved and updated GMT-Master II was introduced to the public. The latest edition features several technological advances along the line of Rolex’s larger Triplock crown and its patented Parachrom hairspring.

The Iconic Ceramic Bezel

A ceramic bezel insert to the GMT-Master II series was introduced by Rolex in 2007, effortlessly replacing the aluminum insert that has been working since 1959. While ceramics are much more resistant to scratch than aluminum, Rolex could eventually not continue creating the two-color bezel used to differentiate the second period from day tonight. Notably, the color red could not be manufactured in ceramic adequately.

Batman, the nickname for GMT-Master II, released in 2013, contains a two-tone ceramic bezel in the blue and black bezel. Its bezel is in Cerachrom, a Rolex’s perfected ceramic version. The Pepsi that was developed in 2014 features a red-and-blue ceramic bezel.

In 2018, Rolex not just released one GMT-Master II model, but three. The first one is the red-and-blue Pepsi with a Jubilee five-links Oyster bracelet. The second one is in red Everose gold and steel, and the last one is in Everose gold, both nicknamed Root Beer due to the two-tone brown and black bezel featured in them. All timepieces released that year were supported by the new Caliber 3285, adding a Paraflex shock absorber.

The new version of Batman was unveiled in 2019, discontinuing the older version. It was powered by an upgraded Caliber 3285 movement, and the former Jubilee bracelet was replaced by a five-piece linked Oysterclasp lock bracelet.

GMT-Master II: White Gold Meteorite Dial Pepsi

The Oyster GMT-Master II reference 126719BLRO is made of 18 ct white gold and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and Cyclops lens over the date with waterproofness of up to 100 meters. Its two-color blue and red Cerachrom ceramic bidirectional rotatable 24-hour graduate bezel lie above the meteorite dial with a highly legible Chromalight display and long-lasting blue light. The perpetual movement is powered by Rolex manufactured Caliber 3285, with about 70 hours of power reserve. The bracelet is made of Oyster in flat three-piece links and 18 ct white gold Oysterclasp.

Rolex describes the Meteorite dial as the one coming from the heart of an asteroid or whatever in outer space that has exploded and propelled the solar system until possibilities carry it into the Earth’s orbit and pulled down to the planet through gravity.

GMT-Master II: Oystersteel Black Dial Batman

The 40 mm Oyster GMT-Master II reference 126710BLNR is made of an Oystersteel and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and Cyclops lens over the date with waterproofness, up to 100 meters. Its two-color blue and black Cerachrom ceramic bidirectional rotatable 24-hour graduate bezel lie above the bright black dial. It has a highly legible Chromalight display and long-lasting blue light. The perpetual movement is powered by Rolex manufactured Caliber 3285 with about 70 hours of power reserve. The Jubilee bracelet is of Oystersteel in flat five-piece links with Oysterclasp.

GMT-Master II: Oystersteel and Everose Gold Black Dial Root Beer

The 40 mm Oyster GMT-Master II reference 126711CHNR is made of Everose Rolesor, a combination of Oystersteel and 18 ct Everose gold and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with Cyclops lens over the date. It has a waterproofness of up to 100 meters. Its two-color brown and black Cerachrom ceramic bidirectional rotatable 24-hour graduate bezel emphasizes the dark black dial. It is a highly legible Chromalight display and long-lasting blue luminescence. The perpetual movement is powered by Rolex manufactured Caliber 3285 with approximately 70 hours of power reserve. The Oyster bracelet is in Everose Rolesor in flat three-piece links.

GMT-Master II: Everose Gold Black Dial Root Beer

The 40 mm Oyster GMT-Master II reference 126715CHNR is in 18 ct Everose gold, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and Cyclops lens over the date with a waterproofness of up to 100 meters. Its two-color brown and black Cerachrom ceramic bidirectional rotatable 24-hour graduate bezel emphasizes the dark black dial. It has a highly legible Chromalight display and long-lasting blue luminescence. The perpetual movement is powered by Rolex manufactured Caliber 3285 with approximately 70 hours of power reserve. The Oyster bracelet is in 18 ct Everose gold in flat three-piece links and Oysterclasp.

In A Nutshell

GMT-Master II can easily be recognized among other Rolex timepieces due to its emblematic two-color bezel, may it be either blue and red, black and blue, and brown and black. Its features are unique, which is not surprising since Rolex made it. The reliability of this watch can also be proven by some famous Rolex collectors. Don’t miss out and get your own piece today!