GMT-Master II black bezel
GMT-Master II Yellow gold
GMT-Master II Gold/Steel
GMT-Master II Steel
GMT-Master II (up to 2007)
GMT-Master II White gold
GMT-Master II Rose gold/Steel
GMT-Master II Rose gold
The Rolex GMT-Master II is one of the most famous and popular luxury watches with a GMT function. Models like the "Batman" with a blue and black bezel are highly coveted and make good investments, while gold editions remain relatively affordable.
The Rolex GMT-Master II may just be the most famous watch with a second time zone. This automatic timepiece continues the legacy of the GMT-Master, which debuted in 1953. Defining features include a bidirectional bezel with a 24-hour scale and an additional hour hand for the GMT time.
There's something for every taste and budget, from stainless steel watches and two-tone "Rolesor" editions to timepieces in solid Everose (rose) or white gold. The bezels come in a variety of colors and have been made of Cerachrom, Rolex's proprietary high-tech ceramic, since 2007. Red and blue is perhaps the most famous color combination. Known as the "Pepsi", this design dates back to 1955.
Other models also have fitting nicknames, including the red and black Rolex Coke and black and blue Rolex Batman. Everose gold and Rolesor editions feature a black and brown color scheme referred to as the Rolex Root Beer.
When it comes to a power source, Rolex turns to their in-house calibers, most of which come with chronometer certification from COSC. As of the late 1950s, all Rolex movements also go through a series of internal tests. Those that pass are especially precise and earn the designation "Superlative Chronometer."
|Reference number||Price (approx.)||Feature(s)|
|116719BLRO||40,000 USD||White gold case, red and blue ceramic bezel|
|116710BLNR||16,500 USD||Blue and black ceramic bezel|
|16760 "Fat Lady"||18,000 USD||Red and black aluminum bezel|
|116710LN||15,000 USD||Black ceramic bezel|
|16710||16,500 USD||Aluminum Coke, Pepsi, or black bezel|
|126710 BLNR||17,000 USD||Blue and black ceramic bezel, Jubilee bracelet|
|126715CHNR||39,000 USD||Everose gold, brown and black ceramic bezel|
|126711CHNR||19,000 USD||Rolesor, brown and black ceramic bezel|
|126719BLRO||48,500 USD||White gold, red and blue ceramic bezel, meteorite dial|
|126710BLRO||19,500 USD||Red and blue ceramic bezel, Jubilee bracelet|
|126719BLRO||45,000 USD||White gold, red and blue ceramic bezel, blue dial|
|116718LN||38,000 USD||Yellow gold, black dial, black ceramic bezel|
The GMT-Master II is one of the most popular Rolex collections, alongside the Submariner and Daytona. Demand is particularly high for new models and those no longer in production. The latter are extremely popular and only available in limited numbers, which has led to rapid price increases in recent years.
One example is the Rolex GMT-Master II ref. 116710LN. This timepiece features a stainless steel case and black ceramic bezel. Its power comes from the Rolex caliber 3186, a COSC-certified Superlative Chronometer with a 50-hour power reserve. You can purchase this model for about 15,000 USD new and 12,500 USD pre-owned.
If those prices sound about right but you'd prefer a GMT-Master II with an aluminum bezel, you should take a closer look at the ref. 16710. Rolex produced this watch from the late 1980s until 2007. You can choose from a Pepsi, Coke, or solid black bezel. The Superlative Chronometer caliber 3185 ticks away inside the case. Prices for this model range from 12,000 to 17,000 USD depending on its condition.
Those on the market for an original GMT-Master II should be on the lookout for the ref. 16760. Rolex only produced this watch for five years from 1983 to 1988. Its case is slightly larger than that of previous GMT-Masters due to the caliber 3085, which also appears in early Explorer II models. Fans swiftly nicknamed this GMT-Master II the "Fat Lady" as a result. The "Fat Lady" is only available with a Coke, or red and black, bezel. Never-worn pieces cost around 18,000 USD, while pre-owned pieces change hands for roughly 14,500 USD on Chrono24.
If you like the classic Rolex Pepsi design but are not interested in vintage watches, you're sure to enjoy the ref. 116719BLRO. Rolex manufactured this model from 2014 to 2018. While it shares its red and blue color scheme with many of its historical predecessors, its bezel is made of scratch-resistant ceramic instead of aluminum. This watch gets its power from the Superlative Chronometer caliber 3186 and has a 50-hour power reserve.
Rather than stainless steel, Rolex chose white gold for the case and bracelet. The change to this precious material is felt in the wallet. Expect to pay anywhere from 36,000 to 40,000 USD for one of these timepieces.
Introduced in 2019, the ref. 126719BLRO is also made of white gold. However, both its caliber – the 3285 – and meteorite dial are new. It also comes with a fantastic story: The manufacturer claims that the dial material comes from an asteroid or perhaps even an exploded planet. You can call this galactic GMT-Master II your own for about 44,000 USD used and 48,500 USD in mint condition.
Owning a GMT-Master II doesn't have to break the bank, though. If you can do without white gold and a meteorite dial, Rolex also offers a technically identical model in stainless steel. This watch, the ref. 126710BLRO, comes on a five-piece link Jubilee bracelet instead of the conventional Oyster bracelet. You can find this watch on Chrono24 in new and used condition for about 19,500 USD. Rolex lists the same timepiece for 8,800 CHF (approx. 9,700 USD).
So-called Rolex "Batman" editions are extremely popular. These stainless steel GMT-Master IIs get their nickname from their blue and black bezels. You can choose from two different references: the 116710BLNR and 126710BLNR. The latter was in production from 2014 to 2019. It uses the Rolex in-house caliber 3186, which has a 50-hour power reserve.
Prices for this model have exploded in the wake of its discontinuation, with the same mint-condition watch worth 10,500 USD in 2018 costing over 16,500 USD in 2020. At 15,500 USD, used Batman watches demand only slightly less. For reference, current asking prices are about 50% higher than this timepiece's original list price.
While 2019 marked the end of the 116710BLNR, it also saw the introduction of the 126710BLNR. This newer Batman GMT-Master II is nearly identical to its predecessor. However, there are two key differences. One is that the current reference is only available on a Jubilee bracelet. The other is found inside the case, with the caliber 3285 replacing the 3186. This upgraded movement boasts a longer, 70-hour power reserve.
Due to high demand, purchasing from an offline retailer often comes with a months-long wait time. You can get your watch much more quickly online, though it will come at a significant markup. This model costs around 17,000 USD new, while pre-owned versions sell for about 16,500 USD. Both prices are much higher than the manufacturer's suggested retail price of 8,800 CHF (approx. 9,700 USD).
Early versions of the GMT-Master were also available in two-tone and solid gold designs. The same is true of the GMT-Master II: The bracelet comes in your choice of stainless steel, yellow gold, white gold, or Everose gold or a combination of stainless steel and yellow or Everose gold. Rolex calls their two-tone models "Rolesor." The manufacturer has been using this combination of materials since the early 1930s.
Older yellow gold models from the early 2000s get their power from the caliber 3186. These watches pair a black ceramic bezel with either a black or green dial. The version with a green dial (ref. 116718LN) costs between 34,500 and 41,500 USD. On the other hand, the ref. 116718LN changes hands for 34,500 USD used and 38,000 USD in excellent condition.
At Baselworld 2018, Rolex presented an Everose gold and stainless steel edition (ref. 126711CHNR) as well as one in solid 18-karat Everose gold (ref. 126715CHNR). Both models feature a black and brown Cerachrom bezel and are powered by the caliber 3285. You can purchase the two-tone variant for about 19,000 USD new and 18,000 USD pre-owned. If you prefer the 18-karat gold version, be prepared to spend between 37,000 and 39,000 USD.
Rolex watch designs have remained largely unchanged over the last 60 years. This consistency and dedication to form and tradition is one of the secrets to their success. Any changes have been minimal and limited to small details. This is also the case with the GMT-Master II, which saw its original aluminum bezel inlay replaced by high-tech ceramic in 2007. Ceramic has many advantages: It's especially hard, scratch-resistant, and yet remarkably lightweight. Its numerals and markings are all etched into the material itself and receive a patented platinum or gold dust coating.
The earliest ceramic bezels were only available in black, as technology was not yet advanced enough to create two-tone variants. This changed in 2013 when Rolex introduced their black and blue model. Rolex used an independently developed process for production. Before the bezel is heated in the oven, engineers apply a chemical compound solution to half the bezel. This causes that half to turn blue during the firing process. One year later, Rolex successfully produced the first red and blue ceramic bezel. Since this high-tech material is UV-resistant, there's no need to be concerned about the color fading over time.
The automatic caliber 3285 ticks away inside current GMT-Master II models. Its rotor winds the spring bidirectionally. Like all other Rolex sports watches, the movement is located behind a screw-down case back. It ticks at 28,800 vibrations per hour (vph) and has a 70-hour power reserve.
Everything about the 3285 is of the highest quality, including its balance bridge, red anodized minute wheels, and free-sprung blue Parachrom hairspring. The hairspring is made of a niobium-zirconium alloy that is impervious to magnetic fields. Working together with the balance wheel, this creates an auto-compensating system, meaning the frequency stays consistent even under fluctuating temperatures.
High-precision regulation occurs via Microstella nuts on the balance wheel. Using a special tool, you can regulate the watch without disassembling it. The designers decided against the usual method of regulating the watch via a regulator. Like every Rolex movement, the caliber 3285 comes with a certificate from the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). Furthermore, this movement has passed Rolex's own internal tests, earning it the distinction of "Superlative Chronometer."