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Big News: Production of the Rolex GMT-Master II Watch Has Been Halted

As most of you may already know, Rolex has launched a new stainless steel GMT-Master II watch at Basel world in 2020. Fans’ favorite GMT-Master II batman, named after its black and blue ceramic bezel, has been fitted with a new caliber and a new Jubilee bracelet.
While the launch of the GMT-Master II ref. 126710BLNR is big news, more newsworthy (and perhaps not well-known) is the imminent demise of a specific model of Rolex’s famous pilot series. Read on to see which GMT-Master II Rolex replica watches are about to be removed from the current catalog.
Rolex first introduced its ceramic bezel in 2005, which was mounted on the yellow gold GMT-Master II ref. 116718. It used to be an all-black bezel, because, at the time, Rolex admitted that a two-tone ceramic bezel would be hard to produce (though that changed with the introduction of the blue/black ceramic bezel several years later). The all-black Cerachrom bezel later appeared on the stainless steel GMT-Master II ref. 116710LN.
So it’s surprising that Rolex no longer produces a monochrome black bezel (LN) in the GMT-Master II series, which has been in the catalog since the early 1970s. To date, all GMT-Master II bezels are available in two shades: blue and red (BLRO), blue and black (BLNR), brown and black (CHNR).
Take a closer look at the current Rolex GMT-Master II series and you’ll see two missing models: yellow Rolex GMT-Master II and two-tone yellow gold and stainless steel GMT-Master ref. 116713.
As a result, Rolex has completely stopped producing any yellow gold GMT-Master II (currently). It’s the first time fake Rolex hasn’t produced a gold version of the GMT Master since the early 1950s.
At present, the only precious metal version of GMT Master II produced by Rolex is the GMT Master ref. 126719BLNR of the platinum edition, the GMT Master ref. 126715CHNR of Everose gold edition and the GMT Master ref. 126711CHNR of two-tone Everose gold and steel edition.
Why Did Rolex Drop The All-Black Bezel and The Yellow Gold GMT-Master II?
Rolex is a notoriously secretive brand, and we’re not sure why it did it, but we have some theories.
One theory is that this is to differentiate the GMT-Master II series from the Submariner series. At first glance, a gold Submariner looks very similar to a gold GMT-Master II, given their similar size, dial layout, black ceramic bezel, and metal bracelet. (also for gold and stainless steel models in two tones). So it’s easy to distinguish between the two popular fake r Rolex sports watches, with gold available only in the Submariner and Everose gold in the GMT-Master II.