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The Lefty Steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II 126720VTNR

The surprising left-sided new GMT-Master II that no one saw coming.

| By Robin Nooy | 2 min read |
Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II Lefty 126720VTNR

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).

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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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9 responses

  1. Here we have it! Forceful response of the great crown to the slap given by Omega with the Ultra-Deep

  2. It’s the same case and chtystal, just rotated 180°… The dial is modified, of course, as is that date ‘disc’ (for want of a better word).

  3. “extremely sought-after edition once available”, that’s a good joke! In my mind Rolex would have done a very large number of people a huge favour in increasing production of the current models instead of releasing thins like this, and I don’t know how many datejust and day date models which will al together fill the “exhibition only” window.

  4. What’s the point of showing it to the world when it will not be available to be purchased by the masses.

  5. This could possibly be a major selling point for people
    that just want to be a bit different;well done Rolex !

  6. I don’t think the nickname sprite is good at all.
    Its green and black and decidedly different, therefore a more appropriate nickname could be either…
    (The Martian or) The Alien….
    Alien sounds great, there is the Hulk, the Batman and now the Alien, lets hope it sticks

  7. Out of all of the other new watches Rolex could have released, they released this. Seriously??? What are they thinking???

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