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Rolex GMT-Master II Gets New Bezel in Grey and Black Ceramic

Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II Ref. 126713GRNR

We’ve seen more than our fair share of GMT-Master II bezel combinations over the years, from the standard Pepsi to the glamorous Root Beer to the entirely hypothetical Sprite. But now Rolex are ushering in the darkest timeline with the new combination of grey and black. Sure, it’s not as exciting as a new Daytona or the new 1908 collection, but it’s a looker all the same.

I won’t hark on about the Rolex GMT-Master II too much. If you’re reading this, you likely already know all about the consummate traveller’s timepiece, able to pick out three different time zones at once. It’s an absolute classic, and now comes in two new variations.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II Ref. 126713GRNR
Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II Ref. 126718GRNR

On the one hand we have Rolesor, Rolex’s spin on bi-colour with yellow gold and Oystersteel (yes it looks dark in Rolex’s images, but it is just steel). On the other, the return of full yellow gold to the collection. Both come on the ever-lovely Jubilee bracelet and both come with a new Cerachrom bezel in grey and black.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II Ref. 126718GRNR

Again, skip in the high likelihood that you already know, but bi-directional GMT bezels are split into two colours to denote day and night. Here, day is denoted by the light grey ceramic and night by the black. It’s an incredibly subtle colourway, one that I’d love to see on a (dare I say it?) titanium model. As it is, more options for the tri-time-zone timepiece the better, and it’s good to see the full gold make a return for the most well-heeled of jet-setters.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II Ref. 126718GRNR

Inside is the Perpetual calibre 3285, the 2018 take on the independent GMT hand movement, complete with a 70-hour power reserve. There’s no update here, just a solid, consistent movement. So yes, not the flashiest release, but still a nice twist on the GMT-Master II Formula. Long may it reign.

Price & Specs:

  • Model: Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II
  • Ref: 126713GRNR (steel and yellow gold)
    126718GRNR (yellow gold)
  • Case/dial: 40mm diameter, Oystersteel and yellow Rolesor gold or 18ct yellow gold case, bidirectional rotatable 24-hour graduated bezel, two-colour grey and black Cerachrom insert in ceramic, moulded numerals and graduations
  • Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
  • Movement: Calibre 3285, in-house, bidirectional automatic movement with perpetual rotor and Parachrom hairspring, Superlative Chronometer (COSC-certified), 31 jewels
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 70h
  • Functions: Hours, minute, seconds, date, GMT
  • Strap: Jubilee five-piece Oystersteel and yellow Rolesor gold bracelet or 18ct yellow gold bracelet with folding Oysterlock safety clasp and Easylink 5mm comfort extension link
  • Price/availability: £13,850 (steel and yellow gold) and £32,700 (yellow gold)

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Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.