July 28, 2020 By Swapnil Suryawanshi

The Rolex GMT II is part of the Rolex Professional Watch Collection. Designed in collaboration with Pan American Airways for use by their pilots and navigators, it was launched in 1954.

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The 18 ct Everose gold and Everose Rolesor versions of the GMTMaster II introduced in 2018 both feature a bezel with a Cerachrom insert in a black and brown .

How much is a Rolex GMT II worth :

So What is the Rolex GMT’s Value? The Rolex GMT Master II ref. 16710, first introduced in 1989, is estimated to be worth upwards of $5,400. It comes in stainless steel, with the iconic 24-hour ceramic bezel and oyster bracelet.

Who wears a Rolex GMT II :

Philippe DufourWatch Spotting: Philippe Dufour Wearing A Rolex ‘Pepsi’ GMTMaster II Ref. 126710 BLRO At Baselworld 2019 – HODINKEE.

How much is Rolex GMT Master II in Singapore :

Reference numberPrice (approx.)Bezel
116710BLNR10,900 USDBlue/black ceramic
167609,800 USDRed/black aluminum
116710LN9,200 USDBlack ceramic
167109,000 USDRed/black aluminum

Is Rolex GMT II a good investment :

Therefore, a Rolex GMT– is one of the best Rolex watches to buy for investment, but at the same time, it is important that you carefully research the different references that exist because not all GMT-Masters are created equal.

History :

The Rolex GMT wristwatch was originally designed in collaboration with Pan American Airways and issued by the airline to their crews on long-haul flights. (“GMT” in the name stands for Greenwich Mean Time also known as Coordinated Universal Time). The original GMT Master watch has a 24-hour display fourth hand complication directly linked to and displaying the same time zone as the standard 12-hour hand. This GMT hand enabled the crews to set the watch to GMT or another time zone, and, using the rotatable 24-hour scale bezel, set to the correct offset, a second time zone could be read. GMT or UTC is the time zone that is required for all aviation planning, weather forecasts, schedules and other paperwork.

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50th anniversary edition ;

An updated Rolex GMT II was released in 2005. This new model features a number of technical changes, such as Rolex’s patented Parachrom hairspring as well as a larger Triplock crown (from the diver’s watches). The new model also has several cosmetic changes, such as larger case, hands and hour markers and also a new bezel made using an extremely hard ceramic material that is designed to be more scratch and fade resistant. Also included in the update is a new and more luxurious style of bracelet that has heavier solid links and a machined clasp. The stainless steel version now joins the precious metal versions by having highly polished centre links on its braceleT .

Ceramic bezel models :

In 2007, Rolex introduced the ceramic bezel insert to the GMT-Master II range, replacing the aluminum insert (colors created using an anodizing process) that had been used since 1959. While ceramic is much more scratch resistant than aluminum, Rolex initially could not continue to produce the two-color bezel used to distinguish between the day and night times of the second time zone, particularly the color red which could not be created satisfactorily in ceramic.

In 2013, Rolex created the first two-tone ceramic bezel, in blue and black, for the steel GMT-Master II nicknamed “Batman”. The blue and black bezel is made of Cerachrom, Rolex’s patented version of ceramic; it is produced through a patented process of creating two colors out of a mono-block Cerachrom bezel.

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IndustryWatch manufacturing
FounderHans Wilsdorf Alfred Davis
HeadquartersGeneva , Switzerland
Area servedWorldwide
Key peopleBertrand Gros (Chairman) Jean-Frédéric Dufour (CEO)

Why is Rolex GMT Master II called Batman :

Take the Rolex GMTMaster II, with its blue and black ceramic bezel, is nicknamed Batman, according to Christie’s. Why Batman? It’s simply because blue and black are often associated with the Dark Knight. The watch has also been called “The Dark Knight” and “Bruiser.

Rolex GMT Master II gold and stainless steel (ref. 116713LN)

Picture of the model 16710, K-serial (model year 2003)