Well here’s a watch no one saw coming: the Rolex GMT Master II ref. 126720VTNR, a left-handed model in a green-and-black colorway. The Crown will, of course, periodically update its flagship models with iterative references on years that don’t necessarily correspond to key anniversaries. However, Rolex has never released a left-hand model for mainstream production before — and certainly not in a GMT Master II.
Let’s see what this new southpaw Rolex is all about, shall we?
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One might think that putting the winding crown and date on the left side of a watch means it’s a timepiece specifically geared toward lefties. But is that truly the case, so to speak?
Righties, think about how you wear your watch — on your left wrist, where the crown (especially a chunky Rolex Triplock crown) digs into your hand. So while lefties are going to love the new ref. 126720VTNR, it’s just as appropriate for right-handed wearers.
While we’ve had black-and-blue “Batman” GMTs before, we’ve yet to see a black-and-green bezel insert, which is new for this model. (Using this bi-directional bezel in conjunction with the matching 4th hand, one can keep track of the time in two time zones.)
Really, the only important question is: what nickname is this new watch going to take on? “Hulk” is already taken. “Evil Kermit,” perhaps?
Rolex admits on its site that reconfiguring the GMT Master II in a lefty configuration necessitated changes: "Adjustments were needed to move the winding crown to the left side of the watch case and the date aperture to 9 o’clock." But clearly, the maison was able to utilize the same caliber that’s been powering the latest-gen GMT Master II without much of a problem.
This movement, released in 2018, represents some of the best in Rolex engineering: it’s equipped with a Parachrom hairspring and 70 hours of power reserve.
Rolex tends to release a new model or colorway on a single bracelet type, but the new ref. 126720VTNR is available on both steel Oyster or Jubilee bracelets right from the drop, for the same price: CHF 10,500. (USD pricing is TBD at the moment.)
Model Case: Oyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel
Movement: 3285 Movement
Pricing: CHF 10'500
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