How it fits

In the “Terry Taxonomy” that our group of collectors applies to our holdings, for me the Rolex replica GMT Master watches are “fun” watch: one that scratches an itch at a particular point in time and that is affordable enough that it doesn’t cause sleepless nights once purchased.

In last year’s article I even suggested that buying one could be viewed as a (relatively) “low-cost experiment.”
At the same time, it seems pretty clear that this could be an “investment” piece for me: a watch that sustains a fairly predictable value and that, more importantly, can act as a core piece within a collection.

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Potential experiment result: success

So what suggests that this could be a keeper for me?
It took me a while to come up with the right term, but for some reason what came to mind was “highly evolved,” which is a friend’s description of the form-fitting, perspiration-wicking bicycle clothes we wear on our rides.

While they are pretty clearly poorly suited to many uses (and in my wife’s view, “flatter no one”) they are darned good for covering miles on the bike.
The GMT Master II is more versatile than that, but at the same time seems to me to be the product of many years’ work to achieve a small number of goals at a desired price level with excellence. These include an attractive appearance on the wrist, robustness, and reliable timekeeping.

On the first point: if you search online for images using the prompt “Rolex GMT Master II men’s fake watches” as I did, what you’ll see is that exactly one of the first 200 images popping up shows the back side of the watch.

While it’s not too surprising that for any watch that there are more shots of the front than the back, by comparison nine of the first 100 image search results for “Patek Philippe Nautilus” show the reverse side.

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My own experience is that the time that I spend considering the view of the back of the Batman is pretty much zero. And that’s just fine because Rolex replica watches have incorporated so many features that make the on-wrist view appealing, from the sharp edges of the crown to the platinum-plated recessed numerals in the bezel and the matching blue colors of the striking Cerachrom bezel and home-time hand.

I have to admit that it was rather surprising to see Rolex release a red and blue ceramic bezel version of the Rolex GMT-Master II (ref. 116710 BLNR) cheap replica watches just one year after they released a blue and black version of the same watch. Indeed, as sales in Rolex stores for the “Batman” GMT-Master II ref. 116710BLNR are still hot, Rolex goes ahead and completes their mission of reviving the “Pan Am” bezel with the new for 2014 Ref. 116719 BLRO with a fully blue and red GMT bezel.
In a sense this new watch is a dedication to the original GMT-Master timepiece from 1955. We covered the watch when discussing our history of the Rolex Oyster Professional watch and explained how Rolex was late to the game with a pilot watch, but worked with Pan American (Pan Am) airline pilots to develop a timepiece for their needs. The red and blue segments of the bezel are meant to act (more or less) as an AM/PM day/night indicator, but the bright colors also happened to be rather distinctive.

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Eventually, Rolex fake watches came out with the updated GMT-Master II that retained the blue and red color tones for the bezel, but also added other colors as well over the years. In about 2007 Rolex stopped producing the Pepsi bezel (as it is often known) and a bit later Rolex moved all GMT-Master II collection watches to have Cerachrom ceramic bezels. Ceramic as a material was clearly an improvement over the older aluminum bezels when it came out in 2008 but it would take a few years before Rolex was able to produce bezels in a color other than black or blue.
Rolex then added green with a version of the Submariner Date in 2010, and in 2013 released the first ever two-tone ceramic bezel for the GMT-Master II. The major innovation there was to create a single piece of ceramic with two colors. The process is complicated and involves a sort of chemistry cooking magic during the ceramic sintering process. Can you guess what color the bezel starts out as before the baking process?

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It is actually green. The base ceramic material begins life as a brittle green ring which when baked shrinks and becomes red. The all red bezel is then chemically treated on the half of the surface that will eventually become blue. The completed sintering process specially developed by Rolex after years of trial and error results in a red and blue bezel, with an impressively bold set of colors that has a perfect demarcation between the two colors Rolex GMT II copy watches. It is really a brilliant effect, and no one but Rolex can come close to producing anything like it in bulk.
So just one year after the blue and black version of the GMT-Master II comes a blue and red version. Clearly, Rolex has been pushing for a return to a blue and red GMT bezel for a while, and given the complexity of working with ceramic colors I am impressed at how relatively short it took them. The real question is whether people who purchased (or will purchase) a ref. 116710 BLNR have anything to be upset about.

Not everyone loves Swiss replica Rolex watches, but the brand has a storied history and has made numerable important contributions to horology that cannot be refuted. For instance, Rolex is widely credited with creating the first water-resistant watch; it is also responsible for the first watch with an automatically changing date, the Datejust; and the first watch to show two timezones at once, the GMT-Master. Our attention today is on the Rolex GMT-Master, or rather, the Rolex GMT-Master II 116710BLNR – but first, a little history.

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The modern Rolex GMT-Master II series fake watch was introduced in 2005 in the form of the all-gold GMT-Master II Ref. 116718LN. It was to be an anniversary model, and so came with a green dial in Rolex’s signature hue. This new Rolex GMT-Master II’s diameter was unchanged at 40mm, but it possessed what is now sometimes known as the “Super Case” and “Maxi Dial” – Rolex-speak for larger case and dial with fatter markers, respectively – and so it looks and wears larger than its 40mm size would suggest. And  for the first time, it came with a ceramic bezel that Rolex claims to be virtually scratch and fade-proof. Other changes include a larger Trip-lock crown, a new bracelet with polished center links and Easylink extension, green 24-hour hand, and a new movement, the calibre 3186. The new 3186 movement has no new functions over the older calibre 3185, but it is equipped with Rolex’s new Parachrom hairspring and the operation of the jumping hour hand is now smoother and more precise.

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A year after the Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 116718LN, Rolex cheap replica watcherproof watches released the half-gold, or two-tone, version known as the Ref. 116713LN; and in 2007, finally released the all-steel Ref. 116710LN. While no one could argue about the technical refinements of the new Rolex GMT-Master II watches, one thing that was conspicuously missing from these new watches was the bi-color bezels that made the older Rolex GMT-Master watches so recognizable. In case you were wondering, the older models had aluminum bezel inserts, which could be quite easily printed. But ceramic is a much harder material to work with, and for a long time, Rolex has said that it was impossible to make a bi-color bezel in ceramic.

At BaselWorld 2013, Rolex replica watches for sale presented a new version of the GMT-Master II. This new version introduces for the first time a two-colour ceramic bezel in blue and black, representing day and night.

To produce this ceramic component with two distinct colours as a single piece, Rolex developed a unique patented process. This way Rolex bring back a two-colour bezel in its GMT-Master product line, after the successful ‘Pepsi’ models.

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The Cerachrom bezel Rolex fake watches offers several advantages as they are virtually scratchproof, resistant to corrosion and they are unaffected by exposure to light or sea water. To inscribe the numerals and graduations on such a hard material, Rolex developed a process which culminates in their being coated with a thin layer of platinum. It takes about 40 hours to produce each Cerachrom bezel.

For the rest, the features of the new Rolex GMT-Master II seris replica watches (ref. 116710BLNR) are not changed:  40 mm Oyster case, Triplock triple waterproof winding crown, water resistant to 100 mt, bidirectional rotatable 24-hour graduated bezel, black lacquer dial, second time zone with independent rapid-setting of the hour hand, date with cyclops, steel bracelet with Oysterlock safety clasp with 5 mm comfort extension link.

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