Detail on Rolex GMT II 116710BLNR — Baselworld 2013

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The new show glo­be­trot­ting was unveiled at the Basel Fair and received a warm wel­come from the Rolex­ophiles, and more!

Wel­come the new Rolex GMT II 116710BLNR.

For the first time in its his­tory, GMT Mas­ter II gets a two-tone bezel Two-tone piece, blue and black ceramic for the occa­sion; and that’s not bad. Not that we did not like the New GMT Mas­ter II black bezel, but hey it was quite dark and still pined for the two-tone bezel from Pepsi or Coke.

There­fore, the main focus is on this new ver­sion steel 904L; this famous Cer­achrom ceramic disc with blue and black are the day and night. The chal­lenge was actu­ally assem­bling ceram­ics that per­fectly sep­a­rates the two col­ors on ceram­ics. This inno­va­tion was also patented by Rolex and obvi­ously recalls the tra­di­tional two-tone bezel mod­els and GMT Mas­ter II.

This super hard Cer­achrom, intro­duced in 2005, is vir­tu­ally scratch­proof, besides being highly cor­ro­sion resis­tant and insen­si­tive to bleach­ing effects of ultra­vi­o­let rays.

Its pol­ished dia­mond sur­face pro­vides an unal­ter­able bright­ness. The grad­u­a­tion 24 hours in the engraved ceramic is cov­ered with a thin layer of plat­inum by PVD (Phys­i­cal Vapor Deposition).

Rolex GMT II 116710BLNR

The Oys­ter 40 mm case of the GMT-Master II is water resis­tant to 100 meters and incred­i­bly robust; since carved from a solid steel block, steel 904L cor­ro­sion resistant.

The black lac­quer dial dis­plays index appliques Chro­ma­light (long term lumi­nes­cence) in 18k white gold and nee­dles Chro­ma­light in 18k white gold also. In this new ver­sion, the 24-hour hand turns blue. The mag­ni­fy­ing glass on the date con­sists of sap­phire crystal.

Level gauge, the 3186, a mechan­i­cal self-winding move­ment with date dis­play and sec­ond time zone entirely devel­oped and man­u­fac­tured by Rolex that inhab­its the time­piece. The lat­ter is obvi­ously cer­ti­fied Swiss chronome­ter. Spi­ral Parachrom Rolex oscil­la­tor made from a pro­pri­etary alloy can with­stand mag­netic fields, tem­per­a­ture vari­a­tions and shocks. Rolex qual­ity is all its glory.

When the Pan Amer­i­can World Air­ways made its first inter­con­ti­nen­tal flight non­stop from New York to Moscow in 1959, the watch used by the crew for nav­i­ga­tion is a clock Rolex Oys­ter Per­pet­ual GMT-MASTER.

To dis­play two time zones simul­ta­ne­ously per­fectly leg­i­ble, the GMT-Master will become the offi­cial watch of Pan Am, one of the most emblem­atic of the golden age of avi­a­tion air­lines. And will be con­sid­ered by its pilots as an indis­pens­able tool in the cock­pit of an airplane.

Today, the GMT Mas­ter still has its intrin­sic func­tion but became thanks to its robust­ness and its cos­mopoli­tan allure watch all love to wear, urban dwellers to globetrotters.

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