Rolex GMT-Master IIBefore I started Jonathan’s Watch Buyer, I did all my blogging about watches on Jonathan’s Diamond Buyer, and then I realized that I needed a separate ‘home’ for my watches, because my love of watches needed it’s own place to grow and blossom.  I love this new home, but if you want to read my other post about the Rolex GMT-Master II, I would love for you to go and read about it here.

I am a Rolex whore.  Can men be whores? If they can, I’m one.  I can’t figure out which one I love the most and I am constantly trying to choose between my 1680 Submariner, Rolex GMT-Master II and Explorer.  And, I am waiting on my Rolex Deepsea to arrive.  Every time Rolex comes out with a new twist on an old favorite I get so excited I kinda wet myself.  Yes, I need to pull out the depends!

 Why Rolex GMT-Master and GMT-Master II

  • They’ve been around since the 1950’s
  • This watch has been to the moon
  • It has 4 hands and a rotating bezel
  • It was made for pilots originally and can read up to three time zones at once

How to Set the Rolex GMT-Master II

First, remember that you have to wind your Rolex for it to run properly, as we have discussed previously, and for it to keep good time.

The crown has four positions.

  • Position 0: Crown screwed all the way down (default position).
  • Position 1: Crown unscrewed and just free of the screw threads (for hand-winding).
  • Position 2: Crown pulled to first notch and moves the hour hand. This position will also move the date on the quickset model if you move the hour hand past midnight two times.
  • Position 3: Crown pulled to second notch and stops the second hand.  This moves the minute hand and you can then set the bezel where you like and the hour hand as you like.

How to set the Bezel

The bezel rotates clockwise and counterclockwise on the Rolex GMT-Master II.  If your local time zone west of Greenwich, rotate the bezel clockwise by the correct number of hours. If your local time zone is east of Greenwich, rotate the bezel counterclockwise by the correct number of hours.

How to Set the Rolex GMT-Master

The crown has four positions.

  • Position 0: Crown screwed all the way down (default position).
  • Position 1: Crown unscrewed and just free of the screw threads (for hand-winding).
  • Position 2: Crown pulled to first notch and moves the date for the quickset model
  • Position 3: Crown pulled to second notch and stops the second hand.  This moves the minute hand and you can then set the bezel where you like and the hour hand as you like.

How to set the Bezel

The bezel rotates clockwise and counterclockwise on the Rolex GMT-Master II.  If your local time zone west of Greenwich, rotate the bezel clockwise by the correct number of hours. If your local time zone is east of Greenwich, rotate the bezel counterclockwise by the correct number of hours.

Understanding the Rolex GMT-Master and Rolex GMT-Master II

This is truly the ultimate luxury sport watch, and once you understand how to read it and what Greenwich Mean Time means, it is a joy of a watch that holds its value.  Whether you go with the GMT-Master II or the Master, you can’t go wrong..