Got me a new watch today. I'd been wanting a new daily wear for a while and wanted to go a bit up market. I have a Sea-Dweller but even though it is 8 years old it is like new and I'm always scared of putting the first "suicidal" score or bash on it. You all know what that feels like So I decided that it was time to sell of a few watches I don't wear and only bought for comparison reviews and get one watch that I would wear. I toyed with a Submariner 2 tone blue dial and even went as far as to buy one, but it was in not as described by the seller condition so I punted it back. Kinda broke the spell on wanting one.
About a month ago I was on a flight to Boston and noticed the watch the chap sitting beside me was wearing. It was instantly recognizable to those who knew what it was but not flashy and also it was functional in a way ordinary watches aren't especially to me who travels so much. It was a Rolex GMT Master II. I knew that was my watch.
Rolex stopped making that model but I knew I wanted one 6 - 8 years old. It would have the holes in the lugs, which I like (and ment it is less likely to be a fake). It would probably have a faded bezel, which I wanted and it would have already had that first scratch or ding. I also wanted box and papers and it had to be at the right price.
I spent a few weeks looking and researching. The darn 800Ti came out and nearly through me off the rails but I resisted). Ultimately I took a chance on an ebay listing and whoooo what a winner. It had the usual normal wear signs which were easily removed with a good cleaning and rebrushing of the bracelet and polishing of the case sides. Took me all of 20 minutes to rejuvenate it. The bezel is faded to perfection and she is running like a train. She also came with the SEL bracelet which was a bonus and best of all I think I got a pretty good deal on it.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Rolex GMT 16710 from 2002.
The really nice thing is that it actually feels like it has been my watch for years. No mollycoddling nor cotton wool with this baby. Also it is a fantastically comfortable watch to wear. Right up there with the Omega SMP because it is wide and flat and just hugs the wrist.
I took the photo of it with the Doxa GMT because they are the same but different in many ways and I feel a comparison review coming up
OK back to fondling it for a while