Headlining the new releases is the long-rumored green and black left-handed GMT-Master II, taking on a new color option on its 24-hour Cerachrom bezel with a classic black dial to join the ranks of other icons such as the Pepsi and Coke. An Oystersteel model, the watch’s case measures 40mm and comes complete with a full Oyster bracelet. Powering the timepiece itself is the brand new calibre 3285, dubbed by Rolex as a “new-generation movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex.” With 10 patents filed just for this COSC-certified movement, its Chronergy escapement guarantees a power reserve of 70 hours.
Accompanying the GMT-Master II in the spotlight for this release is the all-new Air-King, its 40mm case now including new crown guards. As you’d expect, the watch comes in an entirely Oystersteel construction with solid links and a matching Oysterclasp. Not much has changed in regards to its aviation-inspired black dial, but its movement has been updated with the calibre 3230, first released in 2020. The movement also provides a power reserve of 70 hours.
Moving from the skies to the oceans, Rolex also breathed new life into its seafaring options. Both the hefty Deepsea and more luxurious Yacht-Master models have received updates this year, with the former retaining its robust 44mm size and 12,800 feet depth rating but updated with a brand new calibre 3235 that carries 14 new patented features from the watchmaker while the latter is now available with new materials. An 18k yellow gold option will now be available in 42mm for the first time, while the previously-released white gold option in the same size will now carry a falcon’s eye dial. Both share the same calibre 3235 as the Deepsea.
Rounding out the 2022 releases as usual is a whole host of new Datejust, Day-Date and Lady Datejust models offered in 28mm, 31mm, 36mm, 40mm, and 41mm sizes. Materials range from Oystersteel to platinum, white gold, yellow gold and Everose gold with some more luxurious models carrying diamond embellishments.
For those interested, you can check out the entire 2022 collection over on Rolex’s website.
Elsewhere in watches, Breitling has unveiled a new slimmed-down Navitimer collection.