Keeping pace with the times, tasting Rolex’s new GMT-Master II green and black circle “left-handed” watch

After two years, the Geneva “Watches and Miracles” Haute Horlogerie Exhibition opened again in Geneva. In such a watch event, if you ask what watch brand is the most concerned by watch friends, then the Swiss independent watch brand Rolex must have a name. The new watches launched by Rolex every year will have a certain influence on the fashion trend of watches and the trend of the watch industry, which is one of the reasons why it has become the focus of attention. On March 30, the first day of the watch exhibition, Rolex launched 6 new watches of the year in one breath. Among them, the most unexpected and surprising is the new Oyster Perpetual Greenwich II with a green and black bezel. (Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II) watch. (Model: M126720VTNR-0001)

The new Rolex GMT-Master II comes in a new colourway, with a two-tone Cerachrom insert in black and green. This color matching was predicted by watch friends before the release of new Rolex products, and it was named “Sprite Circle”, which is not surprising. What is truly unexpected is the innovative use of the left-hand winding crown on the new GMT-Master II, a veritable “left-handed” watch. The “left-handed” watch may have appeared in the history of Rolex GMT Greenwich, but it is definitely not common, which also makes this watch highly recognizable in appearance.

40mm Oyster case for the GMT-Master II

Crown shoulder and crown on the left side of the case

The new watch continues to use the 40mm consumable case without making any changes. The middle case of the watch is made of a solid piece of Oystersteel, and the crown shoulder moved to the left is integrated with the middle case to protect the winding crown from corrosion, while ensuring a water-resistant depth of 100. Meter.

The mirror of the watch is made of anti-reflective blue crystal, which is not easy to be scratched, and there is a small window convex lens at the 9 o’clock position of the dial, which is more convenient to read the calendar.

The green and black two-tone ceramic bezel of the new watch quickly earned it the nickname “Sprite Ring”

Green and black one-piece Cerachrom insert in ceramic

The one-piece ceramic outer ring and ceramic word ring made of ceramic are not only scratch-resistant, but also less susceptible to environmental influences, and have very high corrosion resistance. The upper part of the bi-directional two-color rotating bezel of the new GMT-Master II represents the night time and the lower part represents the day time. It can be used in conjunction with the chic green triangular arrow 24-hour hand on the dial, and a watch can read two synchronously. The time in one time zone is an essential watch for traveling around the world.

Black lacquered dial with 18K white gold hour markers and hands

Date display window at 9 o’clock

In addition to moving the date display window from 3 o’clock to 9 o’clock, the dial design of the entire watch has not changed. It still uses a black lacquered dial with durable 18K white gold hour markers and hands. , The optimized Chromalight luminous display is paired with an anti-reflective crystal mirror to make the watch more legible and easy to read in various environments.

Introduced in the late 1930s, the three-link Oyster bracelet is the most commonly used bracelet in the Oyster collection. The folding Oysterlock safety clasp that matches the bracelet prevents accidental opening of the clasp. The ingeniously designed Rolex-patented easy-to-adjust link extension system is also installed on the buckle, allowing the strap to easily extend by about 5 mm, making it more comfortable to wear in all situations.

The new watch is equipped with a 3285 self-winding movement, equipped with dual time zone function and date display. At the same time, the movement is also equipped with Rolex’s patented Chronergy escapement, blue Parachrom hairspring and high-performance Paraflex cushioning device to ensure the movement’s high efficiency and reliability while improving the movement’s shock resistance. In addition, this 3285 movement can provide the watch with a power reserve of 70 hours after being fully wound.

Summary: The new GMT-Master II has moved the crown from the traditional right to the left, and at the same time moved the calendar window originally located at 3 o’clock to 9 o’clock, which can be said to subvert the traditional GMT-Master II design. Although the design is rare and bold, this design is not friendly to watch lovers who are accustomed to wearing watches with their right hands. I wonder if it will “dissuade” some watch friends because of this? This remains to be tested by time. Official model: M126720VTNR-0001; reference price: 86,000 RMB