Rolex's New GMT Master II Is the Brand's Unexpected Left-Handed Watch

The new ref. 126720VTNR features a reconfigured dial with left-hand crown and date wheel, plus a bezel in a brand-new colorway.

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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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The new Rolex for southpaws…or is it?
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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.

The new GMT Master II comes in an entirely new colorway
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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?

It still uses the automatic Rolex Calibre 3285 movement
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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.

This new Rolex is available right away, with either an Oyster or Jubilee bracelet
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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.)

The New Left-Handed Rolex GMT Master II, at a glance
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Reference: 126720VTNR
Model Case: Oyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel
Diameter: 40mm
Material: Oystersteel
Movement: 3285 Movement
Pricing: CHF 10'500

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