The Rolex GMT Master II is one of the biggest watchmaking successes in the world. First introduced in the ‘50s by Rolex, the GMT Master collection is a symbol of wealth, power and style. This universal luxury icon is also one of the most distinctive professional instruments for travellers who adore exploring the world.
Even though Rolex didn’t change its GMT models that much, over the years it presented some very interesting novelties and color combinations. One of the most appreciated one is the version in a 40 mm case, black dial, black ceramic bezel with gold markers and two-tone bracelet. This iconic model is impressively elegant and for connoisseurs it represents an invaluable horological investment.
The refinement of the watch begins with the perfectly crafted two-tone case which measures 40 mm in diameter. It is made from 904L stainless steel and 18 k yellow gold. Rolex likes to call it Yellow Rolesor – a mix of 904L steel and 18 ct yellow gold. Its architecture is representative for the brand as it includes a monobloc middle case, a screw-down case back and the triplock winding crown. As all the other Rolex watches, this model has a solid case back and a screw down crown that ensures extreme water resistance. Actually, the timepiece is waterproofed up to depths of 100 meters.
The dial is one of the parts that fascinate the most. The black understated surface features the Maxi-dial layout- a scheme that is defined by over-sized luminescent hour markers. The markers are made from luminescent materials and offer an enhanced legibility in the darkest environments. The hours, minutes and seconds hands are silver color with coated lume while the 24-hour hand is green color with a large white arrow tip. At the 3 o’clock position there is the iconic Rolex date window covered with a 2.5x Cyclops lens.
Around the dial there is a black and gold Cerachrom bezel that rotates in one direction. With each complete turn it makes exactly 120 clicks. The Cerachrom bezel is a special type of ceramic made exclusively by Rolex which is incredibly resistant to scratches, corrosion and water damages. Also, the gold numeric indexes are colored by using a special nano process patented by Rolex.
The mechanism that powers this exquisite watch is Calibre 3186 which is a high grade self-winding mechanical movement created entirely by Rolex. The particularity of this mechanism is that besides the traditional time telling feature, it also displays the date and has a 24-hours hand that shows a second time zone. To certify the quality of this automatic movement, the Calibre 3186 has been certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute. Another important feature is the Parachrom hairspring which protects the movement from powerful shocks or temperature variations.
The GMT Master II Two-tone is an iconic timepiece that is reminiscent for Rolex’s core values- aesthetic perfection, high precision and continuous innovations. With a sleek case, elegant dial and fascinating features, this model is an unparalleled example of watchmaking perfection.