Rolex GMT Master II Watches

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Brief information and technical specifications:

About Rolex:

You can basically divide the Swiss watchmaking industry into two camps: Rolex, and the rest. That’s how excellent, prestigious, famous, and dominant the Rolex brand really is.

Established by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, Rolex is by far the most iconic and legendary luxury watchmaker in the industry. Its fame is mythical and unmatched, and rightly so: Rolex makes among the very best automatic/mechanical watches in the industry with extremely accurate, reliable, durable, shock resistant, anti-magnetic and robust movements, the best steel grade in the industry (904L stainless steel), unmatched build quality, unmatched reputation, and unmatched resale value.

Rolex’s watches are going through quality tests of such intensity and magnitude, that few brands out there can match Rolex.

All Rolex’s movements are in-house made by Rolex, all movements are chronometer certified and all Rolex’s movements use the so called parachrom hairspring. This technology is very particular and unusual because it is 100% anti-magnetic and 10 times more shock resistant than ordinary hairsprings! This makes all the difference because the hairspring sits inside the balance wheel, which is the very heart of an automatic/mechanical movement.

Rolex’s philosophy is to keep things simple, down to earth, limited and focused. Rolex rarely makes movements with complications – meaning haute horlogerie (fine watchmaking or the high art of watchmaking).

Rolex’s movements are stellar but simple meat and potatoes movements, focused on the basic time functions, that most people actually need and want. It takes Rolex a considerable amount of time – sometimes decades, to make the slightest changes in either their technology or design. Rolex’s philosophy is: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

Rolex isn’t about technological revolution. Rolex is about technological evolution, and optimizing and improving the already existing technology.

Rolex is a super conservative and super reliable brand. If you purchase a Rolex, you know what you’ll get.

Rolex’s movements aren’t decorated at all, and their movements typically use mechanically speaking larger components than ETA/Valjoux movements, which means that Rolex’s movements are typically more robust and shock resistant. Since the Rolex’s movements are so robust, and typically use larger and fewer components than most movements out there, it means Rolex is capable of fixing and repairing your movement in a very short period of time.

Rolex’s success has given the manufacturer and brand enormous financial and industrial muscles, and if I’m not mistaken, Rolex alone stands for 20% of all Swiss luxury watches manufactured in the Swiss luxury watch industry.

Outside the major corporate groups such as Swatch Group, Richemont Group, LVMH etc, Rolex is probably the only 100% independent watchmaking giant. The other independent Swiss watchmakers are dwarves in comparison to Rolex’s enormous manufacturing capabilities.

About Rolex GMT-Master II:

Rolex has tons of legendary and iconic collections, and one of those collections is the Rolex GMT-Master II. The most iconic Rolex GMT-Master II is the one that uses a blue and red bezel, also known as the “Pepsi Dial”.

In 1955, Rolex responded to the increased intercontinenal commercial air travel, by launching Rolex GMT-Master, the world’s first wristwatch with a GMT function. The modern version of this watch/collection is called Rolex GMT-Master II which you’ll find on this page.

Rolex GMT-Master II is an excellent sports and dress watch, which can be used for water activities (swimming and snorkeling, but not diving) and frequent travels across time zones.

Movements:

  • Rolex in-house automatic movement 3186, with 31 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 50 hour power reserve.

Date Function:

  • Yes.

Functions:

  • GMT-function, 24 hour indicator, and the basic time functions: hour-, minute-, and second hands.

Case Material:

The most commonly used materials are:

  • 904L stainless steel.
  • 18 carat yellow gold.
  • 18 carat white gold.

Case Dimension:

D = Diameter. TH = Thickness:

  • D: 40mm.

Case Back:

  • Solid case back.

Bezel:

  • Bidirectional ceramic bezel.

Crystal:

  • Sapphire crystal.

Strap Materials:

  • 904L stainless steel bracelet.
  • 18 carat yellow gold bracelet.
  • 18 carat white gold bracelet.
  • Combined 904L stainless steel, and 18 carat yellow gold bracelet.

Clasp:

  • Fold-over clasp with safety, equipped with the Rolex Glidelock system, which allows you to adjust the size of the bracelet on the fly without using any tools.

Water Resistance:

  • 100 meters/330 feet.

Rolex GMT – Master II is suitable for swimming and snorkeling but not diving.


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