You probably wondered if we would cover ‘that’ watch and well yes, here it is – the new Rolex GMT-Master II (126720VTNR) ‘Destro’, the first serial production left-handed model by Rolex.
As ‘Mr Rolex’ James Dowling puts it, this is a company more known for evolution rather than revolution, so in some ways this left-handed version of the GMT-Master II may have come to many as what amounts to a shock in Rolex terms.
With the crown moved to the left side of the case, it’s easier to for those who wear their watch on their right wrist, but for those of us who are right-handed (even for those familiar with say, destro Panerais of old), it’s a reflex action to turn the watch a certain way. Naturally, in addition to the crown, the cyclops magnified date window has also been moved to the 9 o’clock position.
The 40mm Oyster case is in Oystersteel. It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal and it is water resistant to 100m. The bi-directional rotating bezel has a 24-hour graduated monobloc Cerachrom insert in green and black ceramic, moulded recessed numerals, and graduations coated with platinum and PVD.
For those who don’t know, Cerachrom (first used in 2005) is a highly scratch and UV resistant ceramic material.
The dial is black lacquer, with hour markers in 18kt white gold and Chromalight. The hands are 18kt white gold, and the green lacquered 24-hour hand has Chromalight.
Powering it is the automatic Rolex in-house Calibre 3285 which beats at 28,800 VPH and has a power reserve of 70 hours. It features a Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring, Rolex overcoil, regulating via four gold Microstella nuts, Paraflex shock absorbers, and paramagnetic nickel-phosphorus pallet fork and escape wheel.
As a watch ‘targeted’ at the left-handed population, this theoretically should mean fewer people who will want one, but ‘destro’ watches have never been solely purchased and worn by left-handers, and there’s no reason that this will be any different. In fact it may end up being more desirable than some other (already highly-sought after) models because of this difference.
One important feature of this new release that is worth noting is that the Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II ‘destro’ is available on Jubilee or Oyster Oystersteel bracelets with a folding clasp and Easylink extension.
Bearing in mind he usual ‘Rolex availability’ thing, if you can get one, on the Oyster bracelet the Australian RRP is $15,500 and on the Jubilee bracelet, $15,800.
If you’re wondering – yes the question was raised during my group session with Rolex as to why they decided to create this model – whether or not this is a definitive answer is up to you to decide, but we were told that there was ‘no particular reason’.
CEO Jean-Frédéric Dufour is left-handed.