One of the most talked-about new Rolex 2022 models is the GMT–Master II Ref. 126720VTNR. It is probably because of the watch’s striking green and black bezel and the switching of the crown to the left side. What’s new and different and how does this model add to the existing GMT-Master II models, let’s find out!
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The new GMT is pretty much similar to its previous versions that have been released by Rolex since 2018.
It has the same chunky 40 mm steel case and a ceramic bezel. The most eye-catching feature of the new GMT is its bezel, which is also mentioned in its name with VTNR, the short of Vert-Noire, meaning green and black.
This new bezel colour combination is quite different from the conventional Rolex colourways. It is the first deviation from regular bezel combos since 2013 when the 116710BLNR was released.
Rolex didn’t choose this colour out of anywhere, but because it has become a prominent colour in the fashion arena for quite a few years. It has been incorporated in the Submariner collection as well with Ref. 126610LV. Smart move Rolex!
The GMT differs from the Sub in terms of colour through brightness. The GMT’s bottom half is more vibrant as compared to that of the Sub. It is accompanied by a black top and green GMT hand.
The other deviation of GMT Ref. 126720VTNR from its conventional counterparts is the crown placement on the 9 o’clock side. This design element, coupled with the date and cyclops in place of the 9 o’clock marker, will require a bit of getting used to, as it's rather opposite of the other models.
However, the southpaws that prefer their watches in their right hand are appreciating this design innovation!
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Similar to the previous versions, the new GMT – Master II Ref. 126720VTNR is also powered by the Calibre 3285. It is an automatic self-winding movement that’s manufactured in house.
The Calibre 3285 is a replacement for the Calibre 3186, which was 15% less efficient than the new version. It has a diameter of 28.55 mm and comes with 31 jewels. In addition to this, the Calibre 3285 has a power reserve of 70 hours with 28,800 (4 Hz) vibrations per hour.
This is our take on the new GMT – Master II Ref. 126720VTNR. To us, the most attractive feature is its deviation from the conventional Rolex designs. Let us know in the comments below your thoughts about it. Do you prefer the bright green and the left-sided crown, or would you rather have it in the same way as it was before?
Thanks for sharing, Thomas.