Among the most eye-catching watches at Baselworld this year, Rolex’s new GMT with two-tone ceramic bezel can definitely be counted as one of them. If you haven’t noticed, don’t miss it this time.
What is so attractive about this watch that it can surpass the fire of the Green Water Ghost? The highlight of this model is the exclusive two-tone CERACHROM ceramic fonts. The new CERACHROM ceramic fonts are replica Rolex GMT II watches a technical and aesthetic achievement by Rolex, which uses a patented technique developed by Rolex to create a single fonts made of two different coloured ceramic materials.
In this picture we can see the two-tone ceramic bezel of the watch, with the blue representing day and the black representing night. Rolex’s ceramic bezel was introduced in 2005 and is extremely scratch and corrosion resistant, and does not fade even when exposed to ultraviolet light. The two-tone ceramic bezel of the new Greenwich II is made of different ceramic materials in a single piece, with a diamond-polished surface and a thin layer of platinum inside the bezel’s 24-hour progressive scale, which is filled with a PVD coating developed by Rolex.
The distinctive middle case is made from a block of 904L stainless steel, which is extremely resistant to corrosion. The winding crown, secured to the case by a patented triple waterproofing system with a triple-locking clasp, is protected by a crown guard integrated into the middle case. The second time zone hand of this GMT dual time zone watch has a blue design and is indicated by a luminescent triangular arrow. It should be noted that the hands and hour markers are made of 18-carat white gold.
The date window at the 3 o’clock position of the watch is designed with the classic Rolex large bubble magnifier, which makes it very easy to read the date and can be considered a unique symbol of Rolex. The watch is equipped with a 904L stainless steel solid link Oyster bracelet with an Oyster safety clasp to prevent the clasp from opening accidentally. The clasp is also equipped with a cleverly designed Rolex patented easy-adjust link extension system that allows the bracelet to be easily extended by approximately 5 mm, making it more comfortable to wear in all conditions.
With a diameter of 40 mm and water-resistance to 100 meters, the Oyster case is an exemplary example of sturdiness, elegance and perfect proportions. The case is made of 904L high-strength stainless steel and is extremely resistant to corrosion. The case is also hermetically sealed, thanks to the triangular, pitted caseback, which is screwed in place by a Rolex watchmaker using a special tool specially designed for the brand. The hermetically sealed Oyster case provides optimum protection for the watch’s highly accurate movement. The watch is powered by a self-winding mechanical caliber 3186, entirely developed by Rolex, and is equipped with a date window and a second time zone display. Like all Rolex Perpetual Motion movements, the 3186 has been awarded the Swiss Official Chronometer Certification, reserved for precision watches that have successfully passed the Swiss Chronometer Testing Centre (COSC) tests. The movement’s design and the high quality of its production process make it unparalleled in terms of precision and reliability. The heart of the watch, the oscillating weight, is made from an exclusive Rolex alloy with a blue PARACHROM hairspring patented by Rolex. Insensitive to magnetic fields and stable under temperature variations, this balance spring is up to 10 times more resistant to shocks than a conventional balance spring.
This model, whose popularity can be seen in the interest of watch enthusiasts, is currently offered at CHF 8,500 in Europe.