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WATCH REVIEW Rolex GMT-Master II 116710LN

Editor's opinion
78.5 / 100
When Rolex releases a new model, it is a special event in the watch-making sphere. In 2007, the new GMT Master II was not an exception, symbolizing a real evolution in this emblematic model's history.
Straight to the Point

Rolex GMT - Master II

Ref.: 116710LN
$5,790.00 US retail price June 18th, 2010
Pros
  • a reliable caliber
  • the readability (night and day)
  • the comfort
Cons
  • the flat and non coated sapphire
  • the unbalance of the multitask watch to the advantage of the sport design
Brand Rolex
Model name
GMT - Master II
Reference
116710LN
Case material
Steel
Case diameter (without crown)
40 mm
Case diameter (crown included)
44,4 mm
Movement type
Automatic
Caliber
3186
Base Caliber
3186
Functions
Date
GMT
Hour
Minute
Second
Crystal
Sapphire glass
Power reserve
46h
Transparent back
No
Lug width
20 mm
Length from lug to lug
47,8 mm
Case thickness
13 mm (Cyclope included)
Clasp type
Deployment clasp
Clasp material
Steel
Total weight
145 grammes
Retail price USA at June 18th, 2010
$5,790.00
Comfort (/15) 14
Movement (/20) 13.5
Movement Optimisation / Garnishment (/5) 3.5
Ease of handling and adjustment (/5) 5
Movement control proceeded by the Manufacture / horlogical awards (/3) 2
Power reserve (/2) 1
Complications (/5) 2
Finishing (/20) 14
Dial finishing (/6) 5
Case finishing (/6) 5
Quality of garnishment / caseback engraving quality (/2) 0
Crystal quality (/4) 2
Clasp finishing (inner and extern) (/2) 2
Functionality (/20) 18
Diurnal legibility (/5) 5
Night legibility (/4) 4
Water resistance (/3) 1
Strap : ease of size adjustment + ease of substitution (/4) 4
Clasp : quality and safety (/4) 4
Additional items (/10) 5
Limited edition (/3) 0
Watch delivered with several straps (/2) 0
Quality of the watch box (/1) 1
Portability with shirtsleeves buttoned (/2) 2
Goodies included (/1) 1
Understandability of the brochure (/1) 1
Value for money (/15) 14
When to wear it ? Flying a A380 airplane!
Users opinion
81%
like this watch
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When Rolex releases a new model, it is inevitably a special event in the watch-making sphere. In 2007, the new GMT Master II was not an exception, symbolizing a real evolution in this emblematic model’s history.

Rolex GMT-Master II 116710LN
Overall view

Thanks to its characteristics and its style, the watch remains sportive but is also a multipurpose watch with its contained dimensions.

The casing is solid due to its shapes and lugs.
The Triplock crown shows up  and the impression of sturdiness and quality is confirmed as soon as you put the watch around your wrist.

The great novelty of the range: the 24 notches revolving bezel made of ceramics that catches the eyes’ attention. Its shining and changing aspect, its platinum encrusted numerals and the pleasures of its manipulation are a real success.

As to the sapphire glass is flat and is not made of a coated lens, while the date magnifying glass is. This option reduces the thickness of the watch, but makes the reading uncomfortable in some lightning conditions.

An excellent readability

Lined with a leaning flange and now engraved with the name of the brand, the dial is designed with the aim to increase the readability.
The markers, circled with white gold and filled with luminova, are bigger than before.
As well as for the hands, broadened compared to the previous models, allow an easy reading.
The GMT hand stands out with a green body, while the arrow is similar to the other hands.

The dial, of a deep black color, is completed with the traditional marking, which are achieved with great delicacy.

The readability is excellent and the set dial/casing is very harmonious.

The steel strap is also much more increased compared to the previous versions.
Massive, it perspires solidity, just as the folding buckle. It is brushed on its external links, polished on its central links.

 

The great novelty of the range: the 24 notches revolving bezel made of ceramics that catches the eyes' attention.

 

The movement: Rolex Caliber 3186

Hidden under a full and brushed caseback, the mechanics / engine that  drives this GMTIIC is the automatic 3186 caliber.
Characterized by an impeccable finishing, it is a certified chronometer , which beats 28.800 alternations per hour.
It has a 48-hour power reserve.

It also has a very interesting regulating system : the parachrom spiral, insensitive to the temperature changes and to the magnetic fields, is combined to the traditional screw inertial adjusted balance.

Its working allows the use of three different time zones.
The green hand shows the reference time on a 24-hour basis.
The local time, on a 12-hour basis, is adjustable at the second notch per an hour leap without stopping the watch.
Finally, by turning the bezel, a third time zone matching the GMT hand can be read.

 

 

What to remember

The evolution of this Rolex GMT Master is unquestionable.
Some like it, other not…
But as a matter of fact, the quality in its whole has taken one step forward, a proof that the challenge of renewing this model is a real success.

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