The father of many modern Rolex watches

Apr 02, 2021,12:07 PM

In 2005, Rolex celebrated the 50th anniversary of the GMT-Master by redesigning the GMT-Master II, beefing up the case considerably and introducing a ceramic bezel insert that, at first, was produced in a single color: black. The initial anniversary model was made in gold, but Rolex followed up in 2007 with the steel version we have here.

The black GMT Master II (116710LN) - a true no nonsense, no frills classic watch.. At the time of its introduction, there were many new features and upgrades including:

  • Ceramic Bezel with 24-clicks rather than 120 clicks
  • Smoother and more accurate hour hand thanks to the new Caliber 3186
  • New Parachrom Blue hairspring (better temperature resistance and high anti-magnetism)
  • Triplock Crown instead of the old Twinlock Crown
  • Green 24-hour hand
  • Maxi Dial
  • Anti-Reflective cyclops date display
  • Indices made of platinum for added resistance to wear
  • Improved bracelet and clasp
  • Rolex engraving on the inner track of the bezel ring
  • More robust case

It's important to remember that Rolex chose to debut the Cerachrom bezel on the GMT-Master II, not the Submariner, the Sea-Dweller, or the Daytona, which all have monochromatic bezels. While this watch had indeed already had monochrome bezels from the beginning with the gold 6542, it was the two-tone Pepsi, Coke, and Root Beer variations that came to define the GMT-Master in the minds of watch collectors. With the arrival of the Cerachrom lunette noire in 2007, Rolex discontinued its Coke and Pepsi variations with aluminum inserts, and the black, Cerachrom-bezeled GMT-Master II was the only steel GMT game in town.

This is a handsome and underappreciated watch. For some reason, it was underrated during its production. It was discontinued in 2018 and is seeing a resurgence in interest as the predecessor to the newer colored variants (BLNR, BLRO, LV etc.) of the GMT. One of my favorites and happy to see it is getting some attention lately.

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We’re both right on this one...

 By: CrookedOak : April 3rd, 2021-06:41
The steel-only GMT-Master II was released in 2007, right after the release of the steel/yellow gold two-tone version in 2006 (Ref. 116713 LN).

This is clearly the most versatile GMT Master II

 By: kennygfunk : April 4th, 2021-15:39
I’m surprised so many of the others are in so much more of demand. It’s the psychology behind it all! It’s crazy how the hulk was too edgey and now everyone is going crazy for it. People are truly followers... LOL!

Who needs a Sub if you have this one?

 By: iwolf81 : April 7th, 2021-08:02
Seriously, I have this all-black GMT version and people are always thinking it's a Sub. The GMT is also more functional than than a Sub, which I will never take deeper than a swimming pool. With those points in mind, I traded away a troublesome Kermit for... 

I am ashamed to say that I didn’t realise it was the 50th Anniversary GMT 🙈🙈🙈

 By: Miles_151 : April 8th, 2021-11:22
Shame on me. I had one very briefly and just never wore it so gave it to a family member. Might ask for it back. Love the Rootbeer. M.