New and Improved Rolex GMT Master II.

gmt-II-rolexThe Rolex GMT Master II is over 50 years old, so to celebrate the occasion, Rolex recently launched the anniversary edition of the timepiece. Their watchmakers have significantly improved the older version of the GMT and redesigned the watch.

The Rolex GMT Master II is highly prized by Rolex aficionados as one of their most loved timepieces. This watch wins numerous hearts due to its elegant design and durability, not to mention a perfect timekeeping device for frequent travelers. It displays the time in its owner’s home time zone as well as a second time zone. There is also a date window for the home time zone. With the GMT Master II it is really simple to change time for different time zones and switch the date. What major improvements are featured by the new Rolex GMT Master II? First of all, Rolex watchmakers updated the movement. The timepiece is powered by the new caliber 3186. If compared to caliber 3185, it makes the hour hand move much smoother. It has also become possible to set the hour hand more precisely. The case of the timepiece has been made a little taller to provide enough space for the new movement. The dial design of the Rolex watch has also been changed – now it features the so-called ‘maxi-dial’, implying larger hour markers and wider minute and hour hands. The 24-hour hand of the stainless steel GMT Master II is distinctively green. The case of the timepiece is equipped with a ceramic bezel. Ceramic makes the bezel more durable and resistant to abrasions and color-fading. The inner part of the bezel reveals the word ‘ROLEX’ engravings all around its length. For the GMT Master II, Rolex watchmakers applied the Triplock crown system that has already been used for other Rolex watches, including the Sea-Dweller, Submariner and Yacht-Master. The watch’s crown is larger and heavier which means it is more comfortable to grasp. As for the timepiece’s Oyster bracelet, it catches the eye due to nicely polished links in the center. All in all it is simply a great looking and extremely well made watch.

Author: Shawn

Indiana University Alumni GIA Graduate Gemologist Student

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