The Rolex GMT-Master II is an evolution of the original GMT-Master, which began production in 1955 with the model number 6542. It was developed in collaboration with Pan American Airway company to help pilots and other avid long-haul travelers. The Rolex GMT-Master features a bi-directional 24-hour bezel and a dedicated arrow-tipped 24-hour hand on the dial, allowing the wearer to quickly read both home time and local time.
Cosmetic updates aside, the most notable update that accompanies the GMT-Master II collection is a movement with an independently adjustable hour hand. With this upgrade buy replica watches, the wearer can adjust the 12-hour hand without disturbing the 24-hour hand, allowing two different time zones to be displayed through the dial alone, and freeing up the bezel for quick access to a third time zone. This more advanced movement also initially required a fatter case, which eventually led to its various nicknames.
Another defining feature of the GMT-Master II is its Maxi dial. As the name implies, the hour markers and hands are significantly larger than the previous non-Maxi dial. Within just a few years of the GMT-Master II’s overhaul, Rolex invented Chromalight – a proprietary luminescent material that glows brilliantly blue in the dark, while remaining crisp and white during the day.
In addition to being equipped with the new Caliber 3285 Perpetual movement, the current ref. 126710 has a slightly more refined silhouette on the wrist. Although the case diameter is identical, the lugs are thinner and less square, giving it a more rounded and smooth appearance.
The Pepsi Rolex is the second GMT-Master II to feature a two-tone Cerachrom bezel, with the reference 116719BLRO debuting in solid white gold in 2014. Those who want a stainless steel version of the classic Pepsi GMT will have to wait until Baselworld 2018 when the Pepsi GMT-Master II will once again be available in stainless steel – this time with the Jubilee bracelet number 126710BLRO.
While stainless steel Rolex watches will always be a popular choice due to their practicality and relatively affordable price point, there is something to be said for the current reference 126719BLRO in full 18k white gold. It offers a level of exclusivity that only a solid gold Rolex can provide and represents the ultimate luxury-oriented expression of the original Rolex pilot’s cheap fake watches.
Our list would not be complete without at least one GMT-Master II in steel and yellow gold. One prominent example is Ref. 16713. This model featured both an Oyster and Jubilee bracelet and remained in production until 2006 when it was replaced by the ceramic bezel 116713LN. With a large selection on the pre-owned Rolex market, including some gem-set Serti dials, it’s not hard to find the perfect two-tone GMT-Master II at a price that fits your style and budget.
Rolex introduced the first Everose Gold (a proprietary 18k rose gold alloy) GMT-Master II during Baselworld 2018. This Ref. 126715CHNR leans toward warm tones with a polished and satin-finished rose gold case and a brown and black Cerachrom bezel. It’s a sophisticated best swiss replica watches and one that follows the trend as interest in rose gold luxury timepieces continues to rise. It is also a newer GMT-Master II, which means that this reference watch is equipped with the latest generation of the Caliber 3285 movement, Chromalight luminous, and Cerachrom bezel insert.