Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 116710BLNR
When Rolex created the GMT-Master ref. 116710, they packed it will all the modern details that consumers were wanting. Although the case retained its 40mm size, it was redesigned to wear bulkier than its predecessors to fit into the current demand for larger watches. Moreover, on the black dial, we see larger lume plots and thicker Mercedes-style hands for a bolder style.
The Oyster bracelet of the GMT-Master ref. 116710 was also revamped to include polished center links instead of the preceding brushed ones. Naturally, this gives the watch a shinier appearance. Furthermore, the bracelet now attaches via a new Oysterlock folding clasp that is more secure than those on vintage GMT-Master II models. The clasp also has the Easylink system to allow for easy bracelet adjustments without the need for tools.
The GMT-Master II ref. 116710 now includes the Triplock winding crown rather than the Twinlock, however, water resistance remains at 330 feet (100 meters). This is a great watch to start collecting since within the stainless steel case of the ref. 116710 beats the Rolex Caliber 3186 automaticmovement with the blue Parachrom hairspring—particularly resistant to shocks and temperature swings. Like all former GMT-Master II models, the Caliber 3186 allows the wearer of the ref. 116710 to keep track of three time zones. The center hands for local time, the GMT-hand plus bezel for home time, and a simple turn of the bezel for a third time zone.
While the above modifications are certainly appreciated and welcomed, the most notable change to the new generation of the GMT-Master II models is the bezel. All the current GMT-Master II references sport the highly popular Cerachrom ceramic bezels. Coveted not only for its attractiveness but also for its resilience to scratching and fading, ceramic as a bezel material is fantastic. But, when Rolex first introduced the Cerachrom bezel to the GMT-Master II collection, they made it clear that ceramic could not be produced in two colors. Thus, Rolex essentially gave up one of the most iconic design details of the GMT-Master family—the bi-color bezel. As a result, the first stainless steel GMT-Master II was the ref. 116710LN where the LN refers to “Lunette Noir” otherwise known as a black bezel.