on November 11, 2011
The Rolex GMT IIc is my first Rolex chronometer. It certainly does not disappoint. With a better movement, nearly scratch proof ceramic bezel, durable super case, easy link oyster braclet, and maxi dial hand visibilty, the refinements over the previous GMT II are impressive.
The 3186 movement incorporates the parachrom blue hairsping which helps the watch maintain accurate time keeping despite temperature change or magnetic field imbalance. Mine is -1 seconds/ day over the last week. A watch built to this exacting standard must keep accurate time even when hours are to be changed, for instance when traveling to a different time zone, without stopping the movement of the minute, second and GMT hands. This is a feature that no other GMT has, except for Omega.
It is smaller in person than portrayed in pictures. At 40mm it is not a large watch, and it does not wear heavy. The crown can protrude a bit when worn on the left wrist, as I am sure most will choose. This is the cost for the triplock screw down crown. A new feature for the GMT II.
The bezel also appears grey when light exposes many of the pictures found of this watch, but it looks black in all the light I have subjected it to. It is nearly scratch proof, except for the platinum inserts that indicate the 24 hour time. These scratch easily!
Overall, an incredible timepiece that, with any luck, will out live me!
on September 25, 2011
I bought my first Rolex GMT in 1969. I wore it thru a war,meetings,scuba diving, sky diving and everything else. Wore it with a Tux.,suits and jeans. Now I own the new GMT Master II.
I know this is the last watch I'll ever own. Rolex IS the finest watch on earth. You can NEVER GO WRONG with Rolex.
on August 3, 2014
This is my first automatic and luxury watch. I have owned it for 2 months now. Prior to this I would wear Seiko quartz diver watches in the price range of 200 to 400 dollars. Many people ask the valid question: Why would I spend 8000 to 9000 dollars on a wrist watch if I can get something else at Walmart for $10 that does the same? I believe the answer lies in the image that you choose and want to portray to the outside world. Many people probably choose Rolex because they want to exhibit a certain amount of wealth and success. There is no question that it is a status symbol. It allows you to distinguish yourself from the average Seiko wearer. It makes you feel as if you are wearing a "real watch", without compromises. Is it economically feasible? If you buy a new Rolex you probably will be able to sell it in 10 to 20 year without much of a loss at worst. If you buy a used one chances are that you will sell it with a gain. This is an argument that many Rolex owners mention. But owning a Rolex brings other expenses with it, most notably having to get it serviced at least every 5 years. This will cost you about $500 dollars every time. During a service among other operations the watch is polished and returned to the owner with an "as new appearance", but this can only be done 5 to 6 times. The life expectancy of a Rolex GMT Master II therefore is around 30 to 35 years.
Another expense that an owner of a GMT Master II might incur is buying a Watch Winder: Remember that this is an automatic mechanical watch that recharges itself through the movement of the owners wrist. The watch has a power reserve of 50 hours and if you do not wear it for a few days then it will stop moving. You would have to rewind it and reset the time. A watch winder will help you avoid that situation.
The watch presents itself as being very solid. The craftsmanship is impeccable and worlds above the average Joe's wristwatch for a few hundred dollars. The components of the wristband and watch fit together so tightly that there is zero rattle when rotating your wrist forth and back. This is what you really pay for when buying a Rolex: It is the level of perfection and attention to detail that comes with it. The GMT Master II feels very balanced on the wrist.
While the price of this watch might suggest the GMT Master II being a toy for wealthy people, it really is not. It is a "Tool Watch". This watch was originally developed as a professional Pilots Watch together with the now defunct airline "Pan American". It does not have any excess gadget functions. Everything on it and to it serves a clear purpose.
But this watch is not only good for pilots. Anybody who travels frequently will find this watch useful. Adjusting the time, while changing time zones is made very easy. The hours hand can be moved, without having to stop the minutes and seconds hands. Its GMT hand and bezel can be used to read a second time zone simultaneously.
This is a a great watch for the watch enthusiast who is willing to pay the price that is required to own such a time piece. Buying and owning a GMT Master II is expensive, but it is very rewarding at the same time. It is a good choice for people who do not like to make compromises and who will settle for nothing less than the best.
on July 22, 2015
I purchased my GMT Master II from a Rolex Dealer in Waikiki Hawaii on vacation in 2001 for $4000. Since that time i have had two refurbishments from Rolex in Beverly Hills, my last three months ago. Rolex inspects each watch and gives each owner a written and itemized list of required replacement parts and the value Rolex places on the Watch if lost or damaged during refurbishment. The value Rolex placed on my GMT Master II was $10,000. The cost of refurbishment was $995 but every part of the watch was either replaced or brought up to new manufacture status. Every link of the watch band was taken apart and cleaned and buffed, as was the case. The Rolex representative said to me, don't lose any of the links of your watch, each link is $50-100 each. A new Sapphire Crystal face was only $135, so this was of course replaced. My watch when I received it was for all intents and purposes, a brand new Rolex Watch with a written value by Rolex of $10,000. There are many people out there buying used Rolex watches for ridiculous low sums because owners don't know the value of a Rolex watch. Yes, $1000 to refurbish a watch is a lot, but Rolex assures each watch refurbished by them in their Beverly Hills location is brought up to new condition with a value by Rolex in a written statement. Because of this, very few watches retain their value like a Rolex watch. For those of you out there who still have an old Rolex you bought in the service, go to an authorized Rolex dealer and have your watch refurbished by Rolex, and you will received a written document of the value of your brand new (old) Rolex watch. If you kept your original box its even more valuable. Don't be conned into selling your old Rolex because refurbished, it will be worth many times the cost you paid for it. Rolex watches are an investment, they keep going up in value.
on March 11, 2011
I got the Rolex GMT Master II stainless steel Black Dial as a gift and I am loving it. I was wanting to get the Daytona black dial but this is much better classy Rolex. The Daytona has been worn out so much that it lost it prestige. The GMT Master II has 3 hour zone so it very useful watch to ware all the time and especially during traveling. Its one of the most practical Rolex watch. I have a 4 Rolex watch is this by far most practical watch I have owned in a long time. Rolex is the best ... second to none.
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on June 25, 2010
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date GMT Master is part of the Rolex Professional Watch Collection. It was launched in 1954.
Every jungle fighter or merchant banker worth his salt should have at least one (on each wrist) and keep it well oiled.
This is basically the model stolen from the body of Che Guevara after his murder, and shown off by the CIA snitch Philip R. for years thereafter.
Designed for the revolutionary, it allowed Che to have an awareness of the time in the Cuban time-zone. Its rugged design is a prerequisite for anyone involved in a battle to the death.