GMT Master II

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It seems like a rollercoaster ride if you take a look at the history of Rolex GMT Master II. It was launched in 1955, completely revised in 2005, is has always been flying high and is a must-have above the clouds. The high flyer also reflects the postwar years. The Rolex GMT Master II indicates that travelling by plane has become affordable or normal for (almost) everybody and is no more something luxury. The watch is also an indicator of the changing perception of speed, altitude and amplitude, the increasing interaction between continents and the fact that luxury watches try to meet the changing habits of frequent flyers. Rolex as a watch manufacturer with its new concept has a significant impact on that.

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Travelling into a new time zone with supersonic speed

From the 1940’s the flight routes were steadily extending. This involves the challenge for pilots to cope with different time zones. The Pan American Airlines was the first airline to recognize the need of equipping its staff with watches which simultaneously indicate different time zones. Rolex won the tender for the design of this special pilot watch. The construction involved a fourth finger indicating a second time zone. The Rolex Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) with its classic appearance from 1954 reached cult status within the era of transcontinental flights. Despite the introduction of the Universal Time (UTC) in 1972, the Rolex GMT has always been a present player in the market.

The Rolex world becomes colourful

We would not talk about a Rolex if the GMT Master II, apart from its technical features, did not create buzz with its appearance. 2005, the time had come to upgrade the iconic navigation chronometer. At the first glance, the GMT Master II does not significantly differentiate from the original version. The bezel is not made of aluminum anymore, instead it is made of scratch-proof (more solid than steel!) black ceramic. The stainless steel model involves digits which are milled in with platinum; the digits of the model in gold are incorporated with gold. At Baselworld 2013, the bicoloured ceramic bezels in dark blue and green aroused great enthusiasm. In 2014 the GMT Pepsi in red-blue (white gold version) was introduced in the market. For those who cannot resist on diamonds, can purchase a notably twinkling model. It is very likely that collectors can look forward to an additional gain when they purchase a coloured GMT Master II. HORANDO strives to provide its customers access to the mostly searched models.

The Rolex GMT Master II - exquisite but not arrogant

Although the GMT Master II is highly admired for its precious appearance one has to keep in mind that it is still a watch that is known for its functionality. The wearer does not necessarily have to be a pilot of a commercial or private aircraft but a little passion for planes would be a plus (e.g. reference 116710LN). Business frequent flyers, who feel kind of at home on planes, do appreciate the functionality of a GMT. One may say that you can hear the buzz of a starting engine as soon as you close the clasp. Long-distance flights or flying over several continents and oceans is still in the 21st century something exciting and adventurous.

The focus on the navigating Rolex

Its characteristic: A turnable bezel to both sides with a Cherachron-disk with a 24-hour scale and a separate 24-hour finger. There is no faster way to set a new (another) time zone. The fourth finger with a triangle shaped tip completes its turn on the clock face every 24 hours. The common 12-hour finger is adjusted to move after an hour while the minutes and seconds indicator and the 24-hour finger are still set on the time of the starting point. Northwards, the 24-hour finger serves also as a compass provided that both fingers indicate the accurate local time.

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