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A Subdued Launch Amid High Expectations

Watches and Wonders 2024 has officially kicked off, ushering in the much-anticipated reveal of Rolex’s new offerings for the year. While I plan to cover the other unveilings in separate articles, I’m eager to zero in on their latest addition to the GMT-Master II lineup: the NEW grey/black ceramic bezel model. Consistent with previous iterations, this watch maintains a 40mm case diameter and is offered with the option of an Oyster or Jubilee bracelet combination. To be frank, amidst the towering expectations, this release seems somewhat underwhelming to me. The grey and black palette feels somewhat uninspired and diverges from Rolex’s traditional color schemes. Nonetheless, it’s likely that, given time, this model will capture the hearts of enthusiasts, securing its place as a coveted item like many of Rolex’s past launches.

NEW Rolex GMT-Master II grey/blk ceramic bezel on Oyster bracelet ref# 126710GRNR


NEW Rolex GMT-Master II grey/blk ceramic bezel on Jubilee bracelet ref#126710GRNR

Too similar to  the “Sprite”

A few years back, Rolex introduced the left-handed “Sprite” GMT-Master II, marking a rare and unique departure with its left-handed configuration—a first of its kind from Rolex in such a combination. Despite the novelty of the new grey/black GMT-Master II model being something previously unseen from Rolex, at first glance, it appears strikingly similar to the “Sprite’s” color scheme in photos, in my view.

The details

The model sports a 40 mm Oyster case in durable Oystersteel, featuring a monobloc middle case, screw-down back, and Triplock crown for robust water resistance up to 100 metres. Its bezel, with a bidirectional, 24-hour grey and black Cerachrom insert, enhances functionality and aesthetics. The watch is powered by the precise Calibre 3285, offering a GMT function for dual time zone tracking and a -2/+2 seconds per day precision. Key features include a paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring, Paraflex shock absorbers, and a self-winding Perpetual rotor for consistent power.

The bracelet, available in Oyster or Jubilee styles, uses Oystersteel with an Oysterlock clasp and Easylink 5mm comfort extension for secure, adjustable fitting. The black dial features a Chromalight display for visibility in low light, combining elegance with practicality for a reliable, stylish timepiece suited for global travelers and professionals alike

At the end of the day…

While Rolex’s latest offerings embody the brand’s hallmark of precision, durability, and aesthetic elegance, the grey and black GMT-Master II, despite its technical prowess and innovative design, leaves something to be desired. Its resemblance to previous models, particularly the “Sprite,” albeit with a subdued color scheme, feels like a missed opportunity for greater innovation. Nonetheless, at the end of the day, Rolex’s reputation and the watch’s functional merits will likely see it find its niche, affirming the brand’s legacy in the luxury timepiece space.

Due to the unpredictable and volatile market on certain Rolex, Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet watches, prices are subject to change.