The GMT Master II evolved from Rolex’s original GMT Master, which they developed in collaboration with Pan Am in 1954. In 1983, Rolex decided to significantly overhaul the model, and the GMT Master II was born. In addition to an all-new movement, the GMT Master II received a couple key updates. The models come equipped with a 24-hour GMT hand and independent quickset hour hand. Their extra thick case and large crown guards give the watch the nickname “Fat lady.” Buying a Rolex GMT Master II watch is a great way to invest in a model that’s equally functional and stylish. Shop our extensive selection of exceptional used Rolex GMT Master II watches for sale at Crown & Caliber.
With the growth of intercontinental In the 1940s and '50s, Rolex partnered with Pan Am to develop the original GMT Master in 1954. In the 1980s, Rolex made a significant update to the model, and the GMT Master II was born.
A few key characteristics distinguish the GMT Master II from the original GMT Master. First, the GMT Master II is equipped with a 24-hour GMT hand, which allows the wearer to read three different time zones. In addition, it contains a brand-new movement with an independent quickset hour hand that adjusts to the local time without disrupting the second hand, minute hand, or 24-hour GMT hand. The GMT Master II also features an extra thick case and large crown guards. These have given the watch its nickname, the "Fat Lady." Rolex stopped making the original GMT Master in 1999, but it remains popular in the pre-owned market.
One iconic feature of the GMT Master II, from the original Ref. 16760 to the latest models, is dual-colored bezels. These distinctive color combinations have also garnered unique nicknames, including the red and black "Coke" and the blue and black "Batman." There's also a brown and gold version called the "Root Beer." The most popular iteration continues to be the original the blue and red colorway. The design initially reflected the signature hues of Pan Am but has since been dubbed the "Pepsi."
True to its original purpose, the GMT Master II is still beloved and widely used by pilots today. It boasts incredible functionality for those looking to display more than two time zones. However, it also makes a great watch for daily wear.
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