In a move that no one anticipated, Rolex surprised us all by releasing a new version of the GMT-Master II with a left-sided crown. This left-fielded approach, pun fully intended, gives the GMT-Master II an unexpected look. To boot, it is fitted with a black and green rotating 24-hour bezel. Let’s meet the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II 126720VTNR.
The GMT-Master II is the basic, highly practical travel watch by Rolex and one that has been in the collection since 1982. We’ve seen several variants already, all following the familiar Rolex code of design. With this, though, Rolex switches it up significantly (in Rolex terms, at least).
We still get the same overall architecture with a 40mm Oystersteel case with a brushed and polished finish. However, and this becomes immediately apparent by the images, the crown and crown guards are moved to the left-hand side of the case. The bidirectional rotating bezel is fitted with a black and green Cerachrom insert. A sapphire crystal with a Cyclops lens covers the dial while a solid screw-in caseback hides the movement and ensures the 100m water-resistance.
In terms of movement, nothing changes, as it is still fitted with the in-house calibre 3285. It is the latest-generation movement construction by Rolex, with no less than 10 patents. This COSC-certified chronometer movement has an automatic winding system, Chronergy escapement and Parachrom hairspring. It ticks at a rate of 28,800vph and offers a very good 70 hours of autonomy.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II 126720VTNR is presented on a three-link Oystersteel bracelet. The outer links are brushed with polished centre links. Naturally, this comes with an Oysterlock safety clasp and extension system. It retails for EUR 10,500 and is bound to be an extremely sought-after edition once available.
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