Movement : Automatic Rolex Cal. 3186
Age : 2011/2020
Specific Age : April 2011
Case Size : 40mm
Case Thickness : 11.5mm
Lug to Lug : 48mm
Lugs : 20mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : Box & Papers
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Warranty : 12-Months Warranty
The wrist model's wrist size is 7inch
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Rolex box, swing-tags and paperwork including Rolex service history. The watch comes paired with its original brushed and polished 20mm Rolex Oyster bracelet with an Oysterlock deployment clasp, a full-sized bracelet. The watch is from April 2011 and is sold in worn condition, but overall very fair condition as you can see, a full case and bracelet refurb can be provided at an additional cost. The watch comes with our 12-Months Warranty.
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Here we have a 2011 Rolex GMT-Master II Black Discontinued 116710LN in production for more than a decade from 2007 until 2019 and is now discontinued. The GMT-Master story begins in 1955 when their very first pilot watch was made for Panam pilot's ref 6542, which featured a bakelite bezel, it was replaced with the ref. 1675 which was in production from 1959 until 1980 when the ref. 16750 was introduced until Rolex replaced it with the ref. 16700 in 1988. At NASA Jack Swigert of Apollo 13 wore one in 1970, and US Air Force pilots wore them and it was also worn by Sean Connery in Goldfinger in 1964. A curvaceous 40mm steel case has polished and brushed surfaces that transition with crisp lines towards the thick lugs, with a lug-to-lug length of 48mm and a thickness of 11.5mm giving the watch an impressive wrist presence. On the right side is a Triplock screw-down crown, protected by crown guards. The bidirectional bezel has a 24-hour black “Cerachrom” insert with deeply engraved numerals holding a flat sapphire crystal and has a cyclops magnification at 3 o’clock above the date window. The black dial has a repeating Rolex rehaut with disc and baton indexes filled with Chromalight and outlined in 18ct White gold marking the hours, elegant Mercedes hands are filled with Chromalight and framed in 18ct White Gold complemented by an 18ct White Gold lollipop counterweighted sweeping second hand and a green GMT hand with an 18ct White Gold framed arrow point. At 12 o’clock we have the Rolex motif, “Oyster Perpetual Date” underneath and at 6 o’clock a green GMT-Master II “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” completes this versatile travellers companion. On the reverse, a coin-edged screw-down case back, inside an automatic Rolex Cal. 3186, 31 jewels, beating at 28,800 beats per hour, the movement has a Parachrom hairspring giving it resistance to shock and temperature fluctuations. The watch comes paired with its brushed and polished 20mm Rolex Oyster stainless steel bracelet with a signed Oysterlock deployment clasp, all links included and the watch comes with its Rolex presentation box, swing tags and paperwork including Rolex service history.
I personally find this to be the most attractive modern "Maxi-Case" Rolex GMT-Master II, outside of the white gold models. The black is simple and attractive and doesn't scream as loud as I find that the "Pepsi" and "Batman" do on the wrist, it just works so well and I find it crazy that Rolex discontinued it in 2019 and still hasn't introduced a new black bezel model yet! I wouldn't be surprised to see it brought back in the next few years, for now, snap up this model as the new one will be impossible to get as always...
In 1905, German-born Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law Alfred Davis set up a company in London that imported Swiss movements which were installed in British cases and sold to jewellers who put their names on the dials. Recognising the potential for their brand, Wilsdorf created the brand name Rolex in 1908. In 1910, a Rolex became the first wristwatch to carry the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, awarded by the Official Watch Rating Centre in Bienne, Switzerland. Demand for Rolex watches rose swiftly, and British taxes on the Swiss movements Rolex used prompted Wilsdorf to move the business to Geneva, Switzerland, in 1919. With production costs lowered, Wilsdorf quickly set out to solve the age-old problem of moisture and dust entering a watch case and damaging the movement. The Rolex watchmakers came up with a fully sealed watch case, which Wilsdorf named the Oyster, and released to an appreciative audience in 1926. In 1931, Rolex introduced the first automatic winding wristwatch, giving it the legendary name Oyster Perpetual. In 1945, they released the Datejust. The Datejust was the first watch to have the date jump instantaneously at midnight. The 1950s saw a whole lot of releases such as the Air-King (1958), the Explorer (1953), the Submariner (1953), the GMT Master (1955), the Day-Date (1956), the electromagnetic field resistant Milgauss (1956), the Lady-Datejust (1957) and the first Deep Sea model (1960). Wilsdorf’s death in 1960, saw ownership of Rolex S.A. (a collection of sub-companies) passed to the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation which was founded by Wilsdorf in 1945, the mission of which is simply to sustain Rolex S.A. indefinitely.