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True to its constant quest for excellence, Rolex mastered the use of ceramic to equip its watches with cutting-edge ceramic bezel inserts and monobloc bezels.

THE NEW VERSIONS OF THE Oyster Perpetual GMT Master-II

The cosmopolitan watch par excellence, the GMT-Master II allows travellers to read the time in two different time zones simultaneously. Precise, reliable, robust and functional, it is a reference among watches with multiple time zones.

At Baselworld 2018, Rolex introduced three new versions of the GMT-Master II with a brand new movement, the new-generation calibre 3285, and a new image. The first new version, in Oystersteel, combines an Oyster case and Jubilee bracelet with a bidirectional rotatable bezel and a 24-hour graduated two-colour Cerachrom insert in red and blue ceramic, reminiscent of the original GMT-Master introduced in 1955. It is the first time that the Jubilee bracelet, Oystersteel and the two-colour Cerachrom insert in red and blue ceramic have been brought together on the GMT-Master II. Two further versions bring 18 ct Everose gold to the GMT-Master II range, along with a two-colour Cerachrom insert in brown and black ceramic.


Mastering the use of ceramic has enabled Rolex to equip its watches with cutting-edge ceramic bezel inserts and monobloc bezels. This expertise, the result of applied internal research and the creation of a manufacturing process unique to Rolex, heralded the beginning of a new era for the brand.

Thanks to the technical properties of the ceramic it is possible to create particularly durable components that are virtually scratchproof and unaffected by the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Whether on a Cosmograph Daytona, Sea-Dweller, Rolex Deepsea, Submariner, Submariner Date, GMT-Master II, Yacht-Master 37, Yacht-Master 40 or Yacht-Master II, these ceramic elements make a strong impact on the watches’ aesthetic appeal and identities, all while improving their longevity.


Over time, through close collaboration between the Research & Development Division and the Creation Division, Rolex has developed highly resistant single-colour and two-colour ceramics. Today, the palette ranges from brown, a colour introduced in 2018, to black, green, blue, chestnut brown and red. Clear, deep and intense, these coloured ceramics bring a unique vibrancy to the watches.

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