While the original Rolex GMT-Master II 116759SARU Factory Gem-set watch was designed for professionals, the exquisite combination of functionality and great appearance was widely sought after by everyone. The timepiece was equipped with the display of different time zones, and travelers admired that ability for world travel and really for every occasion. The pave dial is elegant and eye-catching, the color-matched stones set with massive baguette diamonds. Being one of the most well-known watches that features the second time zone, the Swiss manufacturer has for over 20 years produced this series, which is now a very highly sought after collector’s series.
The collection was built upon the success of the first GMT time zone watch, created for Pan AM pilots, reliable and robust, sporty and yet quite attractive. Easily identified by the bidirectional, rotating 24-hour bezel, and additional hand, the timepiece completes one rotation every 24 hours. Some of the pieces were crafted with bicolor bezels signified daytime or nighttime in the second time zone, with the lighter half symbolizing day and the darker half the night. That additional fourth hand highlighted the time in the second time zone and allowed people to always see the home time when traveling. The local time is displayed with the hands on hours, minutes and seconds. In 2007, Rolex introduced the Cerachrom ceramic inlay which prevented the bezel from being scratched. While the design has not drastically changed in 60 years, the brand timepieces hold their value, and the rate versions can sometimes be worth even more.
The small details that were enhanced through the years only helped to make the GMT-Master II 116759SARU Factory Gem-set Watch even more sought after. The ceramic bezel replaced the previous aluminum ones to be more advantageous, lightweight and certainly as technologically advanced. When first introduced the black bezel was all that was available, but in 2013, that changed and Rolex introduced an independently developed process for production. Before the bezel is heated, the engineers apply a chemical compound solution to half the bezel and thus the blue/black bezel was born. From there the brand produced additional colors and successfully changed this history forever.
This timepiece has the heart of the automatic caliber 3186 and the movement’s rotor bidirectionally winds the hairspring. The movement is located behind a screw-down case back as it is on all Rolex sports models. The brand high-quality technology features anodized minute wheels, a balance bridge and the free-sprung Parachrom hairspring. The Breguet over-coil allows the hairspring to breathe and this is how the precision is guaranteed. The movement is crafted from a paramagnetic allow, which makes it unaffected by magnetic fields, which when working with the balance rim, creates an auto-compensating system, so even in temperature variations the frequency stays consistent.
The brand has been respected, and reveled world over and continues to bring the highest quality and reliability to every timepiece produced. Adding the Rolex GMT-Master II 116759SARU Factory Gem-set Watch to your collection makes you smart and dressed for whatever timezone you might find yourself in.