Rolex GMT-Master Black And Blue

The rumor machine was working full throttle before the Baselworld show started. Rumors included a new Rolex GMT-Master II with either a Coke (black and red) or Pepsi (red and blue) bezel. Eye brows were frowned when the curtain was lifted up and showed the stainless steel Rolex GMT-Master II reference 116710BLNR with a black and blue bezel.

Rolex GMT-Master II 116710BLNR

We waited a few days before posting news on this new GMT-Master II (except on our instagram account) as this was a combination we didn’t expect as well and needed to give it a place first. After we tried it in the flesh during our appointment with Rolex in Baselworld, we’ve come to the conclusion that it is actually a nice addition to the existing line-up of GMT-Master II watches.

GMT-Master History

If you want a full historical overview on the GMT-Master collection of Rolex, please visit our GMT-Master article that we wrote over a year ago, showing you all the models since the very first start of this collection in 1954.

Rolex GMT-Master II 116710BLNR

With regards to functionality, nothing much changed since the black bezel version of the stainless steel Rolex GMT-Master II (116710LN). The caliber 3186 movement remained the same, with the functionality of an extra time zone via an hour hand that can be set separately from the normal hour and minute hands.


The blue and black bezel and the blue GMT hour indicator are responsible for this new look of the GMT-Master II. Just like the black version GMT-Master II, the bezel is made out of CERACHROM. A patented process by Rolex that allows ceramic materials with different colors to become one piece. As opposed of the old pre-2007 models with aluminum inserts these new CERACHROM bezels won’t scratch or discolor due to ultraviolet rays. We have to say that the discolored red and blue bezels were actually kind of cool, but Rolex wouldn’t be Rolex if things need to stay as they were meant to be. Just like we explained it for the new Rolex Daytona last week, the graduations and numerals on the bezel are coated with a thin layer of platinum using PVD treatment.

Rolex GMT-Master II 116710BLNR

Rolex GMT-Master II 116710BLNR Price

What has become the reference for all GMT watches ever since it was first introduced in the 1950s, increased a bit in price during the last few years. It is of course quite a different watch since the 116710 (previous generation GMT-Master II) with its larger lugs, ceramic parts, trip-lock crown and movement with Parachrom hairspring. Also the Oyster bracelet with Easylink system to adjust its size has been a very welcome update.

Rolex will put this new blue and black GMT-Master II ref.116710BLNR in their catalogs for 8500 Swiss Francs or 6050 Euro (both prices excludes VAT).

Dennis van Staa & Robert-Jan BroerDennis van Staa (left) and Robert-Jan Broer (right) in the Rolex booth in Baselworld

  • Tak

    Would you take this new model over the anniversery previous (green) one or not ?
    Thanks for the write up

    • @Tak I am confused. I only know about an anniversary green Submariner, not a GMT-Master II. However, personally I would pick a GMT-Master II over a Submariner anyway, but that is very personal. I love the extra complication. Having seen this blue and black model in the flash, I think I would go for this one in any case.


    Great write-up as always Robert-Jan. I think this watch, like you said, wasn’t what everyone expected. However, I feel that it is definitely a welcome edition to the line-up. I think the choice of “Black & Blue” colours have been accurately chosen – perfectly representing Night and Day.
    Rolex have done well in the GMT-Master area!

  • Janusz Mozer

    I really enjoy your work Robertlove to read your input in world of watchesit is like you made it this as interestingor more the race cars to me

    • Janusz Mozer Thanks for your nice comments Janusz! Much appreciated! RJ

  • marc

    Do you have any idea as to when this watch will be available for purchase?

  • SubMan

    Just saw the Blue/Black GMT in person.  Wow!!!  It’s looks so awesome in real life.  The blue is darker than in the pictures.  I compared it side to side with the all black bezel with green hand and the subtleness of the blue to black bezel is just amazing.  It goes to the top of my wish list.  Thank God they only had one to show and not one available for purchase or I would have emptied my bank account to get it!

  • guess

    Fratellowatches hour hand looks bigger now. is it?

  • Phil

    When I was a teenager living In Miami Beach, many years ago & started Scuba diving, a Rolex Sub wa $250.00 & that was a lot of money to me then. 14 years ago, I bought a Gold Sub for 12 thousand dollars. Recently, while diving In the Fla. Key’s, I messed up the crystal on a big rock. I sent the watch to N.Y.C. where they replaced tge crystal, face, as It didn’t glow anymore. The also replaced the hands & winding stem & cleaned & polished It. They kept the watch for 6 weeks & when I finally received It, It was just as if I purchased a new Rolex. The last time I dived In the Key’s, only the owner of the dive boat & I had Gld Subs. It was amusing, as several of the other divers asked us, If we actually dived with a Gold watch. I wear It with Jeans, a Tux or while diving. There are many watches In the world, but for me, It’s only a Rolex.

  • Gary Ransome.

    Excellent review as always
    Gary R.