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INTRODUCING: Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II (Ref. 126710 GRNR)

Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II (Ref. 126710 GRNR)

The iconic dual-time, two-tone watch flaunts a new monochromatic look.

In our Watches and Wonders feature for Rolex’s 2024 novelties, some of our readers may have spotted a glaring omission – the Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II (Ref. 126710 GRNR). No, it wasn’t an oversight; far from it. Instead, we reckoned that the latest iteration of the beloved dual-time watch – and judging by the overwhelming interest online, it truly is – deserves a feature on its own, so here we are.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II (Ref. 126710 GRNR)
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II (Ref. 126710 GRNR) in Oystersteel with an Oyster bracelet.

In all honesty, we are glad that we’ve waited until all the excitement and dust have settled before expressing our opinions on the Ref. 126710 GRNR, as it is somewhat of a slow burn. Perhaps we’ve been spoilt by Rolex in recent years. Since it introduced its first single-piece, two-colour ceramic bezel insert on the ‘Batman’ Ref. 116710 BLNR in 2013, it has presented GMT-Master IIs that are instant crowd-pleasers, from 2014’s ‘Pepsi’ Ref. 116719 BLRO to 2022’s ‘Sprite’ Ref. 126720 VTNR. The grey-and-black Cerachrom bezel insert in this year’s release, however, is not new; it first appeared in 2023 on two variants of the model – one in yellow Rolesor and the other in 18 ct yellow gold. 

Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II (Ref. 126710 GRNR)
The black lacquer dial bears the inscription ‘GMT-Master II’ in green, echoing the colour of the triangle-tipped 24-hour hand.

It took us a while to warm up to it, but we’re glad that Rolex chose to pair the monochromatic bezel with Oystersteel, as the combination reminds us of the understated elegance of the discontinued Ref. 116710 LN – the first all-steel GMT-Master II to be fitted with a Cerachrom bezel insert, which was just all-black. Reinforcing this impression is the black lacquer dial bearing the inscription ‘GMT-Master II’ in green, echoing the colour of the triangle-tipped 24-hour hand, just like the 2007 release. In addition, under certain lighting and at certain angles, the new watch’s bezel appears to be just black, given the subtle colour difference. 

Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II (Ref. 126710 GRNR)
The calibre 3186 has been powering the GMT-Master II since 2018, incorporating the patented Chronergy escapement.

Aesthetic similarities aside, the new Ref. 126710 GRNR is very much a different beast, benefitting from the technological advancements Rolex has accrued over the years. At its core is the calibre 3258, which supplanted the calibre 3186 in 2018 and has been powering the model ever since. Chief of its innovations is the patented Chronergy escapement, which combines high energy efficiency with great dependability. Made of nickel-phosphorus, it is also resistant to strong magnetic fields. The self-winding movement received a minor tweak last year with its oscillating weight now fitted with an optimised ball bearing, enhancing its winding efficiency. Superlative Chronometer-certified with a precision of −2 /+2 seconds per day after casing, it also boasts the patented high-performance Paraflex shock absorbers for exceptional resistance against shocks.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II (Ref. 126710 GRNR)
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II (Ref. 126710 GRNR) in Oystersteel with a Jubilee bracelet.

Thankfully, the new Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II also retains the current collection’s winning attributes, from its 40mm case to the long-lasting Chromalight luminescence on its hands and indexes. Available with a three-link Oyster or five-link Jubilee bracelet, the Ref. 126710 GRNR returns the GMT-Master II to the stealth-wealth look of its earlier Cerachrom references. This is undoubtedly a welcome addition to the collection for those who want to rock the cosmopolitan timepiece without seeming too flashy. And we can finally say that we’re all for it.

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