We Love The Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II With A Meteorite Dial Because…
MARCH 07, 2020
It’s really not hard to understand why this distinctive take on the iconic GMT-Master II is such a heartthrob
…of its two-colour blue and red Cerachrom bezel.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II with a meteorite dial sports the handsome and iconic two-colour blue and red Cerachrom ceramic insert on its bezel. The insert, which is patented by Rolex, is made of an extremely hard and corrosion-resistant ceramic, making it virtually scratchproof and its colours unaffected by ultraviolet rays.
…it’s highly reliable.
A watch that can last about 70 hours is a godsend. That’s nearly three days long. This is all thanks to the proprietary calibre 3285, which features a Chronergy escapement and a Parachrom hairspring—the movement’s resistance to shocks and temperature variations is greatly heightened. Naturally, like any top-notch calibres by Rolex, the movement aces all the stringent tests for accuracy, precision and reliability set by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).
…it’s made of precious metal.
While Rolex has a similar-looking GMT-Master II with a red-blue bezel, that version is crafted out of Oystersteel. This one, which sports the meteorite dial, is made out of 18 ct white gold manufactured at Rolex’s proprietary foundry. It is made only with the purest of metals with it examined and inspected in its in-house laboratory before being formed, shaped and crafted into high-quality watch components.
…of its special dial.
Rolex is among one of the first few brands in the world to use meteorite slabs to make watch dials. Thanks to its unique metal composition (most meteorites contain a mixture of iron, nickel, cobalt and phosphorus), each meteorite slab sports different criss-crossing patterns when sliced open. Because of that, each piece of meteorite dial is unique with no two sporting the same pattern.
…it’s an extremely rare model.
Meteorite is such a rare material that there are not that many Rolex watches that sport dials made of it. The Genevan watchmaker usually only pairs it with important collections that are crafted out of precious metals such as 18 ct gold or platinum.
…of its functionality.
Launched in 1955, the Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master was originally designed to be a navigational tool for frequent flyers such as pilots and other aviation specialists. The GMT-Master II, which was only unveiled in 1982, carried on the legacy—to be a functional timepiece that aids world travellers in telling time easily and accurately. Hence the arrow-tipped hand and a bidirectional rotatable 24-hour graduated bezel, both of which combine to tell time in a second time zone. Home time is read off the arrow-tipped hand’s indication on the bezel, while the wearer can adjust the local time by “jumping” from hour to hour.
Oyster, 40 mm, 18 ct white gold
Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown
18 ct white gold
Bidirectional rotatable 24-hour graduated bezel; two-colour blue and red Cerachrom insert in ceramic; engraved numerals and graduations
Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system
Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date
Waterproof to 100 metres / 330 feet
3285, Manufacture Rolex
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands; 24-hour display; second time zone with independent rapid-setting of the hour hand; instantaneous date; stop-seconds for precise time setting
Oyster, flat three-piece links
18 ct white gold
Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link
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