Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 116710LN: Malaysia Price & Review

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Form and function for the avid jetsetter.

Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 116710LN
Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 116710LN

A decade ago, Rolex launched the steel-only GMT-Master II, which went on to enjoy instant success due to its lower price and refined details that appealed to both new-gen watch geeks and old school Rollie collectors.

Unlike the other Rolex sports models such as the Daytona that draws its inspiration from the namesake motorsports rally or the Submariner with its dive-ready features, the GMT-Master II has always been a favourite of the jetsetter club.

Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 6542
While the steel-only GMT-Master II was launched in 1997, the GMT-Master has actually been around for over five decades. The first GMT-Master Ref. 6542 (above) was introduced in 1955 in collaboration with Pan American World Airways. The airline company had just kicked off its transatlantic routes and their pilots needed a wristwatch that could tell the home and away times at a single glance. The GMT-Master offered the perfect solution.

After that, the watch went through several tweaks such as movement upgrades, new bezels and colours from the ‘50s all the way up to ‘80s. In 1983, Rolex revamped the GMT model by releasing the GMT-Master II Ref.16790 that featured an extra thick case and large crown guards, earning it the nickname “Fat Lady”.

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In 2005, the 50th anniversary model was launched with a green dial (Ref.116718 KN) and a slew of enamouring qualities such as a ceramic bezel (instead of aluminium ones) that rotates in one-hour increments, Triplock crown, maxi dial with larger hands and indexes, and the Calibre 3186 with blue Parachrom hairspring for enhanced precision. These new features soon became a mainstay of the watch and marked a new era for the GMT pieces.

When worn on the wrist, the Ref. 116710LN is a fuss-free two-time zone watch that is super easy to use and offers great versatility. The contrasting black dial and white Super-LumiNova indicators, separate 24-hour hand, anti-reflective cyclops lens, scratch-resistant ceramic bezel and Superlative Chronometer-certified performance produce a perfect combination of purpose and build.

Rolex GMT Batman
As mentioned earlier, the attractive price of RM32,650 makes this watch an extremely desirable piece especially when compared to the yellow gold version and green bezel limited editions (from the 50th anniversary revamp) as well as newer models like the ‘Pepsi’ in white gold or ‘Batman’ (above) in steel.
At the end of the day, this is a timepiece that emphasises function and versatility over style. That’s not to say it isn’t a looker. In particular, it hits the right spot compared to its flashy brethren, with the black and steel combo making it a superbly understated yet elegant watch.


40mm, 904L steel with polished finishing




Self-winding Manufacture Rolex Calibre 3186


904L steel Oyster with three-piece links


Hours, minutes, seconds, 24-hour display

Power Reserve

48 hours



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Sim Wie Boon

Sim Wie Boon loves classy dress watches from timeless Swiss and Japanese marques. Wrist affections aside, he finds comfort in quiet rainy evenings with a hot cup of coffee and a stable internet connection.

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