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Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 126710 GRNR Doubles Down on Tool Watch Aesthetic

Rolex GMT-Master II 126710 GRNR

Last year Rolex introduced us to their new GMT-Master II with a grey and black bezel in yellow gold and Rolesor, a dark and luxurious interpretation of their global traveller. Now, Rolex have released a new version of that watch in full Oystersteel, Ref. 126710 GRNR, trading out the golden luxury for a more traditional tool watch aesthetic. Let’s get into it.

Rolex GMT-Master II 126710 GRNR
Rolex GMT-Master II 126710 GRNR

The Rolex GMT-Master II is famous for its many nicknames based on the various colours of its day/night GMT bezel. Interestingly I haven’t seen much of a nickname floating around in discussion of the grey and black ceramic bezel edition. Although I think the new watch will result in an uptick in popularity for the model as in full steel it’s a lot more robust and leans more into a cool monochrome vibe.

Rolex GMT-Master II 126710 GRNR

Although it’s not actually monochrome due to the addition of a green GMT hand and green text on its dial. Green is the signature colour of Rolex, used across their logo, packaging and branding – that’s why the Kermit and Hulk Submariners exist. So, in many regards, the new GMT-Master II 126710 GRNR is the new standard model despite being the newest. The most subtle and least colourful.

Rolex GMT-Master II 126710 GRNR

Powering the 126710 GRNR is the manufacture calibre 3285, which like all Rolex movements carries superlative chronometer certification. It’s equipped with a chronergy escapement and has an accuracy of +/- 2 seconds per days with a 70-hour power reserve. It’s a reminder that Rolex are actually at the top of the horological game regardless of how overhyped they may be.

Rolex GMT-Master II 126710 GRNR

The GMT-Master II Grey and Black Oystersteel ref. 126710 is priced at £9,350 on Oyster bracelet and £9,550 on the Jubilee. Which is a solid chunk of change less than last year’s golden models. I think ultimately this is a reference that should exist in the range but it doesn’t feel like an insane or hype release. Definitely not in comparison to some of the other Rolex releases for Watches & Wonders such as the new Perpetual 1908 with Rolex’s first guilloche dial.

Price and Specs:

Model: Rolex GMT-Master II
Ref: 126710 GRNR
Case: 40mm diameter x 11.9mm thickness, Oystersteel, grey and black bezel
Dial: Black lacquer, green GMT hand
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: Rolex calibre 3285, in-house, automatic, 31 rubies
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 70h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, GMT
Strap: Three-piece or Jubilee Oystersteel bracelet with folding safety clasp
Price: £9,350 (three-link bracelet) or £9,550 (Jubilee bracelet)

More details at Rolex.

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.