There was a time — a long time, actually — during which if someone wanted a GMT watch, there weren’t too many options out there.
There was of course the perfect replica Rolex GMT-Master (and, from 1983 onward, the GMT-Master II); there were numerous, more expensive haute horlogerie world time complications from the likes of top copy Patek Philippe et al; there was the vintage 24-hour Glycine Airman of Vietnam War-era fame; and there were others. Not many others, really.
Now, though? Now, we’re in the Golden Age of the GMT(™). These days, everyone and their mother is making a dual-time copy watches for sale, and, most excitingly, many of them are relatively affordable, hitting right around the $1,000-$1,500 mark. Up until recently, this type of pricing meant that one was getting what noted watch journalist James Stacey has helpfully dubbed a “caller” GMT — a type that is well suited to tracking a second time zone that one isn’t currently located in, as it allows for independent jumping of the GMT hand. However, now we’re beginning to see the advent of more of what Stacey has named ‘flyer” GMTs — the luxury fake Rolex type, which allows for quick jumping of the local hour hand, and thus makes it a cinch to adjust to a new time zone upon landing.
Still the golden standard in GMT-equipped watches, the modern 1:1 fake Rolex GMT-Master II recently received an interesting, left-of-center addition to its lineup in the form of the “destro” (left-handed) aaa replica Rolex reference 126720VTNR green-and-black bezel model. Whether you opt for the traditional “Pepsi” bezel, the newer “Batman” bezel, or a special model like the white gold, meteorite-dial version, wearing a GMT projects a very particular message: It either says, “I travel frequently and I use this to retain a semblance of order in my life,” or, “I am wealthy and I would like you to acknowledge that fact.” (Sometimes both.) Pro tip: Glancing at someone’s Rolex GMT-Master II replica for sale to see if it’s actually set properly is a good indicator as to which extreme the wearer belongs.
Case Material: Oystersteel; white gold; Everose gold; two-tone Oystersteel and Everose
Movement: Rolex Calibre 3285 automatic
Strap: Oystersteel, white gold, Everose gold or two-tone Oyster bracelet; Oystersteel Jubilee bracelet