Rolex GMT Master II

Rolex Watches

Rolex produced specific models suitable for the extremes of deep-sea diving, caving, mountain climbing, polar exploration, and aviation. Early sports models included the Rolex Submariner (1953) and the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Sea Dweller. The latter watch has a helium release valve, co-invented with Swiss watchmaker Doxa, to release helium gas build-up during decompression. The Explorer (1953) and Explorer II (1971) were developed specifically for explorers who would navigate rough terrain, such as the world-famous Mount Everest expeditions. Another iconic model is the Rolex GMT Master (1954), originally developed at the request of Pan Am Airways to provide its crews with a dual time watch that could be used to display GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), which was the international time standard for aviation at that time and was needed for Astronavigation during longer flights. To date, the Rolex is the most sought after luxury watch in the world. They also retain the highest percentage of their original value in the industry. With a steady 2,000 watch production per day, Rolex watches has created and maintained a demand for superior watches that are a status symbol which will stand the test of time. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner watches came into existence in the early 1950's when scuba diving was just becoming the newest trend. Divers demanded a watch that can go up to 100 meters / 330 feet underwater and Rolex answered this demand and developed the first ever water resistant watch; the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner. This soon became the divers' chronometer of choice. The Submariner and Submariner Date models use Rolex perpetual movements, the 3130 and 3135. These movements are certified Swiss chronometers, a title designated for only the finest of high-precision watches that have passed the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute tests. After the introduction of this iconic, yet highly durable watch, Rolex allowed this design to evolve and had since equipped their new watch designs with numerous patented technical innovations. Divers have henceforth continued to praise the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner both underwater and on dry land.

Rolex GMT Master

Although the first Rolex GMT Master model was available only in stainless steel, as it was created as a functional work watch, Rolex has been making luxury versions in both mixed steel and gold, and all-gold since the 1950s, and there are even {special|exotic variations that have creative designs that use gem stones. It’s tough to pick a winner here, but for me it really comes down to the dial design and I’m very much in the Explorer II’s camp on this one. I really like the broader hands and the orange stands out brilliantly against the black dial. I find that the green 24-hour hand on the GMT Master II can get lost in certain lighting conditions due to a lack of contrast with the glossy black dial. The GMT II has a slightly glitzier look to it with the glossy bezel and polished centre links, which gives it a nice presence on the wrist and looks great when paired with smarter clothes. But personally I prefer the brushed finish on the case and bracelet of the Explorer II, as it’s a little more on the subtle side.

GMT Master II

The Rolex GMT-Master wristwatch was originally designed in collaboration with Pan American Airways and issued by the airline to their crews on long-haul flights. ("GMT" in the name stands for Greenwich Mean Time also known as Coordinated Universal Time). The original GMT Master watch has a 24-hour display fourth hand complication directly linked to and displaying the same time zone as the standard 12-hour hand. This GMT hand enabled the crews to set the watch to GMT or another time zone, and, using the rotatable 24-hour scale bezel, set to the correct offset, a second time zone could be read. GMT or UTC is the time zone that is required for all aviation planning, weather forecasts, schedules and other paperwork. The GMT Master II works differently due to the bi-directional (i.e. it can be moved both ways) bezel. You can use it in the same way as above, but by turning the bezel you can track a 3rd time zone. Going back to the New York example; if we set the hour hand to east coast time (1 pm) and the 24-hour hand to GMT (6 pm) and we have, say, a colleague in Hong Kong that we need to contact on the business trip—Hong Kong is 8 hours ahead of GMT—simply turn the bezel eight clicks anti-clockwise and then read which number lines up with the 24-hour hand. Using our earlier example, it should read 2 am, but bear in mind this will be the following day compared to both the UK and New York.

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