The Rolex GMT-Master (II) at long last ventured out of the shadow of its jumping sibling, the Submariner. With the presentation of the clay Pepsi and Batman (on Jubilee) as of late, the promotion is genuine. Long holding up records and market costs far over retail bring about baffled clients, yet that doesn’t appear to hinder the interest. On the contrary.

I can envision why the Rolex GMT-Master II is such a great amount sought after. It is an incredible day by day companion, with the additional estimation of an extra timezone. I had a lot of GMT-Master watches, including a couple of vintage 1675s and a GMT-Master II 16710. At the point when I was prepared to buy a GMT-Master II ‘Ceramic’ or ‘Batman’ in 2017, I was gone up against with the previously mentioned interest for them. I needed to pick between a holding up rundown or pay over retail, and I chose to stand by a piece to check whether the costs would come down. In any case, they didn’t. Indeed, it has become much more dreadful since. An advanced GMT-Master is as yet on my list of things to get, yet I simply stay low and stand by till something crosses my way. Meanwhile, I don’t even consideration any longer whether it’s the ended dark earthenware GMT-Master II, a beat up ‘Batman’ or the always well known clay Pepsi.

Rolex GMT-Master History

The reason I need a Rolex GMT-Master II is that it is essentially perhaps the most famous travel watches. For quite a while, it was somewhat in the shadow of the Rolex Submariner and Daytona, however gratuitous. It is an extraordinary apparatus watch, which I love, even with the Oyster wristband with the cleaned focus connect (frequently alluded to as ‘pcl’) or with Jubilee.

In this article, I will impart to you the astounding Rolex GMT-Master history.

The Pan-Am Connection

It all beginnings with a solicitation from the previous carrier Pan-Am for a legitimate pilot’s watch. Not simply an entirely decipherable pilot’s watch (there were numerous out there as of now), however one that was fit for showing an extra timezone. A helpful for pilots on overseas flights, as Pan-Am was going to do as such. An exact and solid watch was a need, and adding an extra timezone would make it awesome. Dish Am asked at Rolex, and they thought of the GMT-Master. A watch with chronometer determinations and showing an extra timezone.

As we know now, the Rolex GMT-Master wasn’t just famous among Pan-Am pilots (or common flight), additionally NASA (Jack Swigert of Apollo 13 wore one) and US Air Force pilots wore them. Additionally, individuals who ventured out to various time regions for their positions began wearing the Rolex GMT-Master, as perusing home time and nearby time simultaneously has a positive [mental] impact on battling plane slacks. Throughout the long term, the Rolex GMT-Master turned into an exceptionally well known watch. Likewise for individuals who aren’t flying that regularly, or work together everywhere on the world. It has become – like it or not – an image of accomplishment and riches, in the same way as other extravagance things. For watch devotees, the history of the Rolex GMT-Master (II) assumes a significant part. It is important for the pleasant when claiming and wearing such a watch.

I might want to give you a short outing through a world of fond memories, beginning by the absolute first Rolex GMT-Master model presented in 1954 till the most recent in 2019. You will find that albeit the GMT-Master went through a great deal of changes and advancements, they are still plainly identified with one another. It is one of the (significant) fixings as I would see it that makes it a notorious watch, or, better said maybe: a classic.

Reference 6542

Rolex GMT-Master 6542

In 1954, the main GMT-Master that Rolex presented was reference 6542. It included a bakelite bezel (which was supplanted following two years by an aluminum bezel since it broke effectively) and had no crown monitors. The James Bond fan likewise may perceive this watch as it was on the wrist of Pussy Galore in the Goldfinger film. The Rolex GMT-Master ref.6542 was underway till 1959. Rolex utilized a few developments for this reference, as calibers 1036 (1954-1959), 1065 (1957-1959) and 1066 (1957-1959).

Reference 1675

Rolex GMT-Master 1675

Perhaps perhaps the most well known vintage Rolex GMT-Master watches is ref.1675 ( we as of late discussed it in this article ). Presented in 1959 and it has been underway till 1980, an extremely significant time-frame. This is additionally the motivation behind why you can in any case discover a vintage Rolex GMT-Master 1675 in respectable condition without a lot bother. Till the last part of the 1960s, the additional hour hand highlighted a little triangle and was prevailing by a red hand with a bigger triangle all through the 1970s. Early models likewise highlighted pointed crown watches and a part ring. It was additionally the main Rolex sports watch that opened up on both the Oyster (reference 78360) and Jubilee (reference 62510) bracelet.

Movement upgrades

The initial 1675 watches accompanied Rolex type 1565. Until 1965, when Rolex began to furnish them with type 1575. This development had a higher ticking number (19,600vph rather than 18,000vph). Later on, type 1575 was altered to have a hacking highlight (seconds will stop when the crown is pulled out). This was done in 1971.

Reference 16750

Then, Rolex presented the GMT-Master ref.16750 in ca 1980, a model with another development and including lustrous dials. Rolex began utilizing the type 3075 development, which included a speedy set date. The development additionally had an expanding ticking number of 28,800vph. This model was underway till 1988. Just a brief period as expected, which makes it a pursued model of the GMT-Master arrangement. Be that as it may, most likely not as much as the Rolex GMT-Master II 16760 otherwise known as ‘The Fat Lady’ (or ‘Sophia Loren’). This was the principal GMT-Master II and had a headway over the customary GMT-Master, which is the usefulness to peruse season of three diverse timezones. Other than that, the ‘Fat Lady’ had a thicker case, thicker crown watches, sapphire gem and just accessible in the ‘Coke’ design, which is a red/dark bezel. The Rolex GMT-Master 16760 utilized type 3085.

Reference 16700 and 16710

The Rolex GMT-Master ref.16750 was supplanted by the GMT-Master 16700 in 1989. Rolex likewise presented the reference 16710 ( we as of late did an inside and out article on this reference here ), the replacement of the Fat Lady. From the start, the tritium dials were as yet utilized however in approximately 1997 this changed towards Super-LumiNova.


Reference 16700

In creation close to the GMT-Master II 16710, Rolex stopped the creation of the 16700 in 2001. What radically changed was the developments (in both the 16700 and 16710). They currently had type 3175 (16700) and type 3185 (16710). The development of these developments changed and now included a twofold equilibrium wheel connect. The accessible arm bands were the Oyster (reference 78360) and Jubilee (reference 62510). Rapidly after presentation, the Oyster arm bands got the celebrated Oyster-lock (fliplock). This Oyster wristband had reference 78790.

16710 Iterations

It appears to be that Rolex GMT-Master reference 16710 experienced a great deal of changes from 1989 till 2007. This watch began with a tritium dial and finished with the Super-LumiNova dials, the arm band got Solid End Links (in 2000) and the pin-openings for the situation vanished. The last ones sold accompanied the plastic guarantee cards rather than the paper testaments. Before it slips we’s mind, the container set changed too for this model to the current one. Accessible with three unique bezels, as demonstrated previously. Likewise, in 2007, the development of the Rolex GMT-Master II was moved up to the type 3186. Most significant change for this type was the utilization of the Parachrom hairspring. The short-delivered Rolex 16710 with type 3186 development (M-and Z-chronic numbers) get incredibly high prices.

Reference 116710LN and 116713LN

From 2008 till 2019, the GMT-Master II 116710LN (Lunette Noir) was in the assortment. The watch case got a slight upgrade, the Twinlock crown has been supplanted by a Triplock crown, the aluminum bezel has been supplanted by an artistic bezel and the instance of the watch has grown somewhat (still 40mm, yet with beefier hauls and crown monitor and so forth) The dial has become a ‘maxi dial’ with enormous numerals and the hands have become more extensive. This likewise brings about a watch that is seen greater than its archetype, while as yet being 40mm. Since 2016, all watches are presently inside a – 2/+2 seconds every day deviation and ensured to perform so for a very long time. All watches have been chronometer ensured obviously, however a while later (when being cased) severe tests have been acted in-house by Rolex.

Reference 116713LN

Also, the wristband got a little update to the delight of numerous Rolex devotees. It has the Easy-interface framework that empowers you to augment or fix the wristband by 5mm (the old models required a toothpick). It is additionally the original of Rolex arm bands that don’t have that well known ‘rattling’ sound when you wear it (a many individuals like that however). The middle connections have been cleaned (‘pcl’), which isn’t to everyone’s taste. It adds a dash of fabulousness to the ‘tool watch’ though.

Below, the form in steel (ref.116710LN). The all gold form (reference 116718LN) was at that point presented in 2005. For this age of watches, Rolex utilizes their type 3186 movement.

Reference 116710BLNR ‘Batman’

In 2013, Rolex presented another rendition of the GMT-Master II 116710, yet this time, with a dark & blue bezel. What’s more, a blue GMT hand. This form got the 116710BLNR reference number, where BLNR represents Blue & Noir.

Reference 116719 and 126719

Then, in 2014, comes up with a combination that all Rolex (GMT-Master) fans have been sitting tight for. Another style Rolex GMT-Master II with a Pepsi bezel. Thus, Rolex comes up with their reference 116719BLRO (Blue & Rouge). Be that as it may, as Rolex does, it isn’t completely what individuals anticipated. The new Pepsi Rolex is made of white gold. Bits of gossip were that this was done to keep the creation low, as it is by all accounts hard to get the red and blue fired bezel delivered in bigger amounts. This was fortified by the way that a portion of the bezels showed various tones. As should be obvious, we would say that the blue of the white gold form has a somewhat unexpected tone in comparison to the blue they utilized previously. The Rolex GMT-Master II reference 116719BLRO likewise utilized type 3186.

White gold Rolex GMT-Master II 116719BLRO and the GMT-Master ref. 1675

In 2019, the white gold reference 116719 with dark dial has been ceased. The white gold Rolex GMT-Master II is currently accessible with a blue dial (reference 126719BLRO) and with a shooting star dial (same reference number as the blue dial). There’s a value distinction of around 1450 Euro for the shooting star dial. The standard cost for the 126719BLRO is €33.900,- .

Reference 126710BLRO

Finally, in 2018, Rolex presented the hotly anticipated ‘Pepsi’ arrangement in tempered steel. The individuals who weren’t ready to extend their financial plan for the white gold Pepsi had been hanging tight for this. Fascinating is the decision to just offer this new reference 126710 on a Jubilee wristband. Compared to the 116710 there are various changes; the utilization of the blue and red bezel, Jubilee arm band, a marginally extraordinary case profile and another development. The development inside is their type 3285. It has all the new developments stuffed in there, including the 70 hours of force save, the – 2/+2 ensured most extreme normal deviation and the five-year guarantee. The arm band isn’t the standard Jubilee, however another reference (69200) that was uniquely made for this Rolex GMT-Master II reference 126710.  We composed a long article on this particular reference here . The Rolex GMT-Master II 126710 has a €8550,- retail value (Dutch cost including VAT). The accessibility on the GMT-Master II 126710 is low, formally on the grounds that Rolex can’t expand creation without making concessions to the nature of the watches. In any case, you know as usual, they are accessible on the off chance that you are prepared to pay over retail.

Reference 126710BLNR

When Rolex presented their most recent, the GMT-Master II 126710BNLR (Batman), they additionally communicated that from here on out, all treated steel Rolex GMT-Master models will only be made accessible with the Jubilee wristband. It implies that as of now, there are two steel GMT-Master II forms in the Rolex inventory. The Batman form underneath, and the Pepsi rendition. Both on the new Jubilee arm band. All particulars of the 126710BLNR are indistinguishable from the 12710BLRO (Pepsi), including the retail cost. We did a review on this new Rolex GMT-Master Batman here .

But obviously, it doesn’t end with the most recent Batman 127610BLNR. There are some different varieties that should be in this outline. Shouldn’t something be said about the bi-shading watches that we have raised here at Fratello more than once?

Root Beer, Nipple Dials and Tiger Augen

I might likewise want to add that the GMT-Master was at that point accessible in the gold/steel combination quite a while past. Root brew, areola dial and Tiger Augen are the epithets of these models from the past.

Some of the memorable GMT-Master references have a/8 added to it, which implies the watch was made out of strong gold. Later references had the 8 as the last digit in the number (for example 116718LN).

Most as of late, in 2018, Rolex added the gold & Everose gold GMT-Master and full Everose gold form to the collection.

Reference 126711CHNR and 126715CHNR

Based on the cutting edge clay GMT-Master II watches, Rolex presented the ref.126711CHNR and 126715CHNR. These watches use Rolex’ exceptional rose gold composite, that will consistently keep up a similar tone. Where typical rose gold will in general become yellow again after (a ton of) wear, the Everose amalgam will guarantee that the rose tone stays. Fascinating to note is that while the bi-shading varieties of the GMT-Master II were the ones that you would have the option to purchase with a tad of markdown previously, the new Rolex GMT-Master II 12711CHNR isn’t even accessible. The retail cost of this watch is €13.000,- (Dutch retail cost including VAT), however the market is so hot for these models that you need to follow through on over the retail cost on the off chance that you need one without being on a holding up list.

Then, there’s the full gold rendition, reference 126715CHNR, with a retail cost of €33.000,- . All particulars other than the material for the case and arm band are indistinguishable from the bi-shading GMT-Master ref.12711CHNR.


The Rolex GMT-Master is the most conspicuous traveller’s watch on the planet. One of the fruitful elements for this is that Rolex consistently has been steady with respect to the plan of the GMT-Master. Regardless of whether it is a white gold Rolex GMT-Master II with an earthenware bezel or the absolute first reference 6542, anybody can see that these watches are identified with one another. Indeed, even a full gold reference 1675/8 can be associated with a ‘Batman’ 126710BLNR. That is likewise something that makes Rolex a particularly solid brand, as their reliable plan is material for practically the entirety of their watches.

Whether you are chasing down that ideal vintage GMT-Master 1675, 2000s Rolex GMT-Master II or just entering an approved vendor to get one of the new references (best of luck!), you can’t turn out badly. We trust this outline gives you a smart thought of every single diverse model and references. It isn’t complete (we several varieties for every ‘major’ reference), yet we will continue to refresh this article in the future.

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*This article initially showed up on January third 2012 on Fratello Watches as of now. Yet, we refreshed its contents, photographs (more & bigger forms) and did a more exhaustive portrayal of the relative multitude of significant references mentioned.