Following the new Daytona, the 40mm Explorer and the new Yacht-Master 42 in titanium, Rolex has some more watches for the show. A slightly less important update, but still a tasteful one, the classic traveller’s watch is back in yellow gold, either for the full watch or combined with steel for a typical Rolex two-tone look. And there’s also a new black and grey colour insert on the bezel. Here are the new 2023 Rolex GMT-Master II 126713GRNR and 126718GRNR.
Technically, we’re looking at the same watch as before, only with a new combination of colours and materials. The specifications are all identical to the Pepsi and Batman models, with a 40mm x 11.90mm case, a sapphire crystal with cyclops, a screw-down crown and caseback, and 100m water-resistance. Power comes from the modern calibre 3285, with Chronergy escapement, 70h power reserve and 4Hz frequency. And it is, of course, a true traveller’s GMT watch. The watches are worn on the cool Jubilee bracelet, with a folding clasp and Easylink comfort extension link.
What’s new, then? Well, for 2023, yellow gold is back in the GMT-Master II collection, a material that has been absent from the model for quite some years now. It comes back in two flavours, in yellow Rolesor (126713GRNR) combined with stainless steel – gold is used for the bezel, the crown and the mid links of the bracelet – or in solid 18k gold all around (126718GRNR). The dial is glossy black, with yellow gold applied markers and hands, all filled with Chromalight paint.
The other new element for the yellow gold and Rolesor Rolex GMT-Master II models, which explains the reference GRNR, is the bezel insert. Like all watches from the collection, it has a two-tone insert, which is now rendered in grey and black (GRis-NOir). The 24h scale is engraved as usual, and PVD coated in yellow gold. Bi-directional, the bezel allows the display of a third time-zone, in addition to the 24h GMT hand.
The new GMT-Master II 126713GRNR is priced at EUR 16,300, and the new yellow gold 126718GRNR retails for EUR 38,500. More details at www.rolex.com.