Rolex GMT-Master occupies the major position among all the famous brands. The model that pioneered the concept of a dual time zone watch, it did for long haul travelers in the fifties what the fake rolex Submariner did for underwater explorers.
Developed in conjunction with Pan Am to help their crews with the novel phenomenon of jetlag as the new transatlantic routes opened up, the complex looking arrangement was actually simplicity itself.
With the addition of a second hour hand, geared to run at half the speed of the main hand, coupled with an engraved rotatable bezel taken straight from the Turn-O-Graph released a year before, the replica Rolex created a watch that could keep track of the time in two places at once.
In a stylistic flourish that would become the GMT’s signature and major selling point, the surround was painted in contrasting colors to simulate night and day—the one that started it all, was released in red and blue, quickly nicknamed the Pepsi.
Where the Air-King has always been the utilitarian tool watch, presented in a choice of steel or nothing, the GMT-Master has been cast in a range of precious metal finery over the years. Forged in every flavor of gold, along with Rolex’s own Rolesor half and half, it has also been issued with a series of one and two-tone bezels to appeal to the widest possible audience.
Whether you are tempted by the classic GMT-Master or a brand new GMT-Master II, it remains an out-and-out emblem for omega replica; an instantly discernible masterpiece that just happens to be one of the most everyday useful and capable aviation replica watches ever made.
The latest all new addition to the stable and one that has split opinion since its release, the Sky-Dweller continues Rolex’s recent venture into the world of ultra complications that started with the Yacht-Master II.
By far the most popular of the three aviation-inspired models, the fake Rolex Sky-Dweller is a vastly different take on the concept of a dual time zone watch than the GMT-Master. Where that piece goes the clean, simple route, this newest example is unashamedly involved, presenting not only a GMT function but also an annual calendar.
The element that many have found especially divisive is the GMT disc itself, an unorthodox off-center sub dial that decapitates the lower hour markers.
Marked with a 24-hour track, it is the part that remains set to home time while on your travels, with the red inverse triangle above it pointing out the correct hour. As far as readability goes, it outshines the GMT-Master’s second hour hand, but visually it takes some getting used to.
The key to controlling all this progressive technology is an updated version of the brand’s patented Ring Command Bezel that we first saw, again, on the Yacht-Master II. But where the one on the skipper’s watch was essentially an on/off switch, the Sky-Dweller’s surround is even more complex and allows for all the different functions to be adjusted using only the crown.
Each quarter turn of the bezel unlocks a different operation. The first position is for changing the date. Another turn lets you set the local time and finally, the last setting synchs all of the functions to allow the reference time in the sub dial to be fixed. It means there is no need for any additional buttons to ruin the profile of the 42mm case, underlining its position as a dress watch for luxury travelers; a Day-Date with a GMT function.