Rolex GMT-Master II 126711CHNR

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we refer to the full gold Rolex GMT-Master II as ‘The Derrick’ as it was the watch this ober-inspector wore in many of the TV shows he did. We covered that watch here. The gold and stainless steel version, often referred to as the ‘Root Beer’, ‘Tiger Auge’ or ‘Clint Eastwood’ (we covered this reference 16753 here) can be seen as the predecessor of this new Rolex GMT-Master II 126711CHNR. To start with the minor issue I have with this watch is that this new reference does not have a brown dial. Neither does the full Everose gold Rolex GMT-Master II version , but I just see this as a missed opportunity. It would have made them perfect pieces.

The new Rolex GMT-Master II in stainless steel and Everose gold is still a stunner though and luckily, the most famous watch brand from Geneve made sure that there was at least a touch of brown on the bezel. The brown ceramic bezel matches perfectly with the Everose gold, as you can see below.

The Everose material is Rolex’ own alloy of rose gold, making sure it will stay rose gold in colour over time. The regular rose gold alloy uses a (high) percentage of copper to obtain the rose or pink colour, but after a while, the gold will turn more yellow-ish again due to wear. With special alloys from watch manufacturers like Rolex, the colour is protected. Everything gold you see on this Rolex GMT-Master II is 18-carat Everose gold. The stainless steel is made of grade 904L steel.

The Cerachrom bezel, a special process to combine the (Everose) gold with ceramics, has a 24-hour scale in order to indicate day/night and can be rotated to set the timezone. The independent hour hand indicates local time, while the sleek gold arrowed hand is for home time. When it points to a numeral on the brown side of the bezel, this indicates that home time is daytime while the black part indicates night time. It is one of the most convenient GMT watches and I actually regret selling my 2005 reference 16710 that basically worked in the same way.

Despite the case size of 40mm in diameter, it wears a bit bigger and as comfortable as any other sports Rolex. Inside you’ll find the Rolex calibre 3285 ticking at 28,800vph. Put it against your ear and you’ll hear the high beat twinkle. It’s rock solid movement that is not only chronometer certified, it is also warranted to do even better than that (-4/+6 seconds) and it runs -2/+2 seconds a day on average, after casing.

Winding and setting the watch is easy with the large crown, which also has the Triplock technology onboard like the Submariner watches have as well. This technology ensures better water resistance and can be recognized by the three dots on the crown. Despite the Triplock, the GMT-Master II has a water resistance of 100 meters (or 10 bar), but that is probably enough for most of us.The Oyster bracelet just comes with one disadvantage, the gold centre links are scratch magnets. However, the all stainless steel Oyster bracelet on the GMT-Master II is also bound to get scratches within the first hours of wear, of course. It is just something you shouldn’t worry about too much. The good news is that gold is relatively soft and with each service interval you will get it back like new without too many problems. You can also have the centre links polished outside the advised service intervals, but just make sure you only have the gold centre links done, not the stainless steel parts. What’s gone is gone, with steel. Gold is easier to work on, or have fixed at a later stage.

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