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Rolex GMT-Master II Blue Cerachome (c) Perpetuelle

Rolex GMT-Master II Blue Cerachome (c) Perpetuelle

Rolex GMT Master II steel blue black cerachrom bezel

OK, so my first reaction to the 2013 Rolex lineup was admittedly not a pleasant one.  And while I still hold the sentiments expressed earlier, I will be breaking down each of the new pieces on their own merits.  I’ve already taken a closer look at the platinum Daytona (why oh why couldn’t they have made something accessible to more Rolex fans?!), now let’s see the GMT-Master II with ceramic bezel.

Rolex GMT-Master II Ref 116710 BLNR

The new Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II is presented in a 40mm 904L steel case, with a rotatable bezel featuring for the first time a two-colour ceramic Cerachrom bezel insert in blue and black representing day and night.  Price will be just under $9,000.

The ceramic bezel (Rolex’s trademarked term is Cerachrom) is certainly an achievement — the ceramic component with two distinct colors is actually produced as a single piece of ceramic.  So while it echoes the traditional two-colour bezel of the original  GMT-Master and GMT-Master II models, this is a very high-tech bezel.The Cerachrom insert was first introduced in 2005.  It is virtually scratchproof, highly corrosion resistant, and its color is unaffected by ultraviolet rays.   One thing I recently learned is that the engraved 24-hour graduations are coated with a thin layer of platinum via a PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) process.


Rolex GMT-Master II Bezel Ref 116710blnr

And there you have it.  Rolex fans, rejoice.