Yes, There’s A New Batman, But The GMT-Master II Watches Rolex Discontinued is Bigger News
As the greater part of you likely definitely know, Rolex presented another stainless steel GMT-Master II watch at Baselworld 2019. It is a refreshed variant of the fan-most loved GMT-Master II “Batman” (nicknamed so for its beat up Cerachrom fired bezel), complete with another type and another Jubilee wristband.
UPDATE: As of 2019, the Rolex GMT Batman keeps on being one of the most sultry, most alluring watches on earth with retail value esteems surpassing $16,000 USD. Demand keeps on exceeding inventory for this GMT model as there are a bigger number of purchasers than sellers.
While the presentation of the GMT-Master II ref. 126710BLNR is large information, significantly more newsworthy (and maybe not as known) is the end of explicit models from Rolex’s celebrated pilot’s watch assortment. Peruse on to discover which Rolex GMT models have shockingly been dropped from their flow list.
With the arrival of the new Batman GMT-Master II, there will be not any more stainless steel GMT-Master II watches on Oyster bracelets.
Rolex No Longer Makes an All-Black Bezel GMT-Master II
When Rolex appeared its absolute first clay bezel in 2005, it was fitted on the yellow gold GMT-Master II ref. 116718. It was an all-dark bezel on the grounds that, at that point, Rolex conceded that a two-tone clay bezel would be too hard to even consider making (obviously, that position changed with the presentation of the blue/dark fired bezel a couple of years after the fact). The all-dark Cerachrom bezel later discovered its direction onto the stainless steel GMT-Master II ref. 116710LN.
So, it might come as an astonishment to you that Rolex no longer offers a monochromatic dark bezel (LN) inside the GMT-Master II assortment – something that has been in the index since the mid 1970s. As of now, all GMT-Master II bezels are in a two-tone shading way: blue and red (BLRO), blue and dark (BLNR), and earthy colored and dark (CHNR).
Say farewell to the GMT-Master II with the all-dark bezel insert.
Rolex No Longer Makes a Yellow Gold GMT-Master II – Solid or Two-Tone
Look intently at the current Rolex GMT-Master II setup and you’ll see that two models are feeling the loss of: the yellow gold GMT-Master II ref. 116718 and the two-tone yellow gold and stainless steel GMT-Master ref. 116713.
Therefore, Rolex has completely stopped assembling any yellow gold GMT-Master II models (for the present). This is the first run through Rolex has not made a yellow gold adaptation of the GMT-Master since the watch’s initial days during the 1950s.
Presently, the lone valuable metal variants of the GMT-Master II being made by Rolex are the white gold GMT-Master ref. 126719BLNR, the Everose gold GMT-Master ref. 126715CHNR, and the two-tone Everose gold and steel GMT-Master ref. 126711CHNR.
There’s presently not any more yellow gold on GMT-Master II watches. In the event that you need a gold Rolex GMT, white gold or Everose will be your just options.
Why Did Rolex Drop the All-Black Bezel and the Yellow Gold GMT-Master II?
It’s difficult to know precisely why Rolex at any point does anything since they are a famously cryptic brand. In any case, we can in any case come up a few speculations with respect to why Rolex chose to relinquish the exemplary all-dark bezel and the exemplary yellow gold choice from the GMT-Master II armada.
One hypothesis is that it was a stage to separate the GMT-Master II assortment from their Submariner assortment. Given their comparative sizes, dial designs, dark fired bezels, and metal arm bands, from the start a yellow gold Submariner and a yellow gold GMT-Master II look astoundingly comparable on the wrist. (The equivalent applies to the two-tone yellow gold and stainless steel models as well). So by just contribution yellow gold in the Submariner assortment and Everose gold in the GMT-Master II assortment, it’s not difficult to differentiate between these two famous Rolex sports watches.
Another hypothesis is that Rolex is just halting creation of these models, until further notice, to clear a path for refreshed forms fitted with new types. All things considered, having a large portion of the assortment run on the more seasoned age Caliber 3186 and the other half sudden spike in demand for the new Caliber 3285 is fairly abnormal. Maybe we will see the arrival of yellow gold as well as all-dark bezel adaptations of the GMT-Master II at Baselworld 2020?
They were beginning to look all in all too comparable for a couple of years there, don’t you think?
While Rolex is done making them, fortunately the optional market is as yet home to a lot of steel GMT-Master II ref. 116710LN, yellow gold GMT-Master II ref. 116718, and two-tone GMT-Master II ref. 116713 watches should you be searching for them.