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Rolex GMT-Master - The timepiece for the skies and beyond

The Rolex GMT-Master is part of the Swiss luxury watchmaker's Professional Watch Collection, originally launched in 1954. The original design was a collaboration with Pan American Airways for use by their pilots who worked during long-haul flights. Although the Rolex GMT-Master was originally intended for professional usage by airline pilots, the line has become one of the most popular ranges from Rolex, considered a "grail" by many Rolex collectors. The GMT-Master allows for the wearer to set the watch to GMT and by using the rotatable 24-hour bezel a second time-zone can be read. This dual-timezone feature has transformed the Rolex GMT-Master into the unofficial time of the sky.


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The Rolex GMT-Master was originally designed in collaboration with the American air carrier, Pan American Airways to be issued by the airline to their crews on long-haul flights. The watch's face allows two time-zones to be read at once, by the use of a rotatable 24-hour bezel affixed to the watch face. The original Rolex GMT-Master was first released only in stainless steel, as it was considered to be a watch for professional use. However, since their debut in 1954, Rolex has been making luxury versions of the timepiece in all-gold versions, as well models that incorporate elaborate designs that include precious stones.

In the early 1980s, Rolex released the GMT-Master II, an updated version of the original wristwatch. Although on the surface the two watches were nearly identical, there were internal changes that pushed the GMT-Master II to the next level in terms of horology. The GMT-Master II uses a movement that has the additional feature of being able to independently adjust the quickset hour hand without disturbing the second hand.

In 2005, the 50th-anniversary edition of the GMT-Master was released. Rolex updated some of the technology and added a number of new features, including the Rolex-patented Parachrom hairspring. The 50th-anniversary model also had cosmetic changes such as a larger case and a new bezel that was made from a scratch and fade-resistant ceramic material. The bracelet also went through some cosmetic changes, with the GMT-Master having heavier links and a machined clasp. While over the years the GMT-Master has been released in a variety of colors and designs, the red and blue "Pepsi" bezel version still remains one of the most sought after by collectors.