Released in 1954, the Rolex GMT-Master resulted from a collaboration between now-extinct airline Pan Am and Rolex on a watch that would display the time across two time zones at once. Thanks to the popularisation of commercial air travel, planes were becoming more advanced and traveling longer distances. This resulted in pilots crossing time zones during flights more frequently, and thus a need for uniformity across the aviation industry was highlighted. To eliminate errors caused by time confusion, the industry adopted a standard time-zone, Greenwich Mean Time. As such, the GMT-Master's fourth hand, its 2nd hour hand, was used to constantly display Greenwich Mean Time, as its model name implies, while its regular hour hand displayed local time. While the aviation industry's standard time zone switched to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in 1972, the name of the legendary GMT-Master was far too long in use for Rolex to change it. Today, the GMT-Master has become one of Rolex's most iconic models, with very few pilot's watches, if any, rivalling its level of fame, popularity, or signature design – and it certainly looks like it will stay that way.
Debuting in 2018 at Baselworld, the Rolex GMT-Master II ref. 126711CHNR has earned the nickname "Rootbeer" thanks to its uncanny resemblance to the vintage Rolex GMT Master ref. 16753, which also bore the name thanks to its use of rose gold. Featuring the same two-tone color-scheme, it boasts a stainless steel and 18kt Everose gold construction and features a black and brown Cerachrom bezel that provides it with the GMT-Master II’s iconic functionality as a pilot’s and traveller’s watch. Fitted with a glossy black maxi dial that ties the bezel and construction together, the Rootbeer serves as a beautiful reminder of just how luxurious a sports model Rolex can become, without compromising either, form or function.
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Est. value range
$12,000 – $16,000
Watch is in near-mint condition with only very minor signs of use. Bracelet was sized for the previous owner and the removed link is included.
A blend of vintage styling and modern Rolex, the ref. 126711CHNR draws inspiration from what came before it and fuses it with Rolex's famously rugged construction and modern craftsmanship to result in something truly spectacular.