Quick Take

If you're staring at this saying "Wait, doesn't this watch already exist?" you're only partially right. Despite the headline above, it is probably better to think of this watch as last year's ref. 126710 BLRO GMT-Master II with a new black and blue bezel than to think of it as an update to the ref. 116710 BLNR GMT-Master II from 2013. Technically speaking, this watch is the same as last year's new GMT, save the color of the Cerachrome bezel. It's got the new caliber 3285 movement, which uses the Chronergy escapement and is regulated to an incredible +2/-2 seconds per day, and it comes on the new Jubilee bracelet with the Oysterlock clasp. If you were having a hard time deciding between the "Batman" and the "Pepsi" this guy splits the difference. It's worth noting that the old Batman and the GMT-Master II with an all black bezel have both been discontinued. If you want a steel GMT it now has to be either the BLNR or the BLRO on a Jubilee.
Initial Thoughts

I mean, there's not much to argue with here, right? Rolex took a fan-favorite model and made it better from top to bottom. There might be some people who will miss the ability to purchase a steel GMT on an Oyster bracelet, but the technical updates to this model make for more than a fair trade off. Plus, personally speaking I love the feel of the new Jubilee on the GMT and highly recommend you get yourself to an authorized dealer to try one on ASAP if you're skeptical. This is a great case of Rolex doing what they do best, which is making small, incremental changes that make their watches better in tangible ways, rather than focusing on plonking down flashy new models and references every few months.
The Basics

Brand: Rolex
Model: GMT-Master II
Reference Number: 126710
Diameter: 40mm
Case Material: Oystersteel
Dial Color: Black
Indexes: Applied white gold
Lume: Chromalight on hands and hour markers
Water Resistance: 100 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Oystersteel Jubilee bracelet with Oysterlock clasp
The Movement

Caliber: 3285
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, GMT, date
Diameter: 28.5
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Jewels: 31
COSC Chronometer Certified
Additional Details: Rolex filed 10 patents related to this caliber; utilizes the Chronergy escapement; regulated to +2/-2 seconds per day
Pricing & Availability

Price: CHF 8,800
Availability: TBD
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