Editor’s note: Like you, we are also excited for the Watches & Wonders 2022 novelties. Before we get to dive deep into them, here’s our preview & Gut Reaction Review (Grr…) of the new New Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II. For our detailed hands-on reviews, please head to our dedicated reviews section here. This is NOT a sponsored post.
The New Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II In A Nutshell
Trust Rolex to subtly but surely disrupt. I can only imagine how many sports watches at the next W&W will feature a left hand side crown. The art of gently pushing for innovation is ripe at the heart of the Genevan Brand.
My first reaction to the new New Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II was to probably jump a few inches out of my seat. Nobody was actually expecting — though there were some very well educated guess work videos online — Rolex to mimic Tudor. Usually it is the other way round. Tudor as you all would know has featured a LHD (Left Hand Drive) Pelagos for a while now, and while some might have thought that they would discontinue that, Rolex has instead done the opposite.
Holy cow that’s a cyclops on the left side of the dial. The watch plays a major-mind-trick on you, given how accustomed we are to seeing Rolex sports watches in a certain configuration.
I also love that this time around you can buy the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II on both an oyster bracelet or a jubilee.
Besides snobs and scalpers, the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II is for those who not only like the idea of a watch with a crown on the left hand side, but for those who simply like stunning and well-equipped travel watches.
The 5W1H Of The New Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II
The new Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II features a 100m water-resistant 40mm diameter 904L steel case.
Retailing 15’500 AUD / 15’800 AUD, the non-limited edition Rolex is announced today on 30 March 2022 as part of the Watches & Wonders 2022 March 30 to April 5 (both online and at the Salon).
Inside the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II reference 126720VTNR ticks the calibre 3285 which is an automatic-winding mechanical movement developed and manufactured in-house featuring an accuracy of 2/+2 sec/day after casing.
Providing roughly 70-hour power reserve, the movement features a paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring, high-performance Paraflex shock absorbers, and allows for the functions of centre hour, minute and seconds hand display, 24-hour display, a second time zone with independent rapid-setting of the hour hand display, instantaneous date change, and stop-seconds for precise time setting.
“This model features a black dial and a two-colour Cerachrom bezel insert in green and black ceramic. Designed to show the time in two different time zones simultaneously during intercontinental flights, the GMT-Master II has come to be recognised for its robustness and versatile appearance”.Press release
To find out more about the new GMT-Master II and their other watches, please head to their website here. All images unless otherwise stated are courtesy are © Rolex.Make sure to check out our reviews of other Watches & Wonders 2022 novelties here.