Rolex GMT-Master II 126711CHNR 'Root Beer'

Rolex GMT-Master II 126711CHNR 'Root Beer'



Rolex GMT-Master II
Reference Number
Root Beer
Case Size
40 mm
Case Material
Stainless Steel
Mechanical (Automatic)

The Rolex GMT-Master II Ref 126711CHNR: A Modern Root Beer Rolex

Root Beer Rolex

The Ref 126711CHNR joins a long list of Rolex watches for women and men with a distinct two-tone design. This particular model has what collectors call the "Root Beer" color scheme. Rolex combined traditional black with a deep rich brown to create a unique look that stands out among the long-lasting Rolex GMT-Master II line.

The History of Rolex GMT-Master II

Rolex began the original GMT-Master line of sports watches in 1954. It resulted from a collaboration with Pan Am Airways to create a timepiece that could assist pilots and aviation professionals. It was one of the first watches to display two time zones, making it a critical tool for flight planning.

Rolex GMT-Master II

In 1983, Rolex introduced the second generation, the Rolex GMT-Master II. It came with a brand-new movement that uncoupled the dedicated 24-hour GMT hand from the hour hand. With full independent movement, you could set three different time zones on a single watch. Rolex continues to produce GMT-Master watches in many designs.

This Rolex stainless-steel watch burst onto the scene in 2018, continuing the legacy of the GMT-Master while introducing new features for modern travelers.

The Design of the Ref 126711CHNR

Like other GMT-Master II watches, this model has a full stainless-steel case. It measures 40 millimeters in diameter and has a beefier build, thicker lugs, prominent crown guards, and a wider bezel than older iterations.

What makes the Ref 126711CHNR unique is its inclusion of Everose gold. Everose gold is Rolex's proprietary rose gold alloy. It incorporates gold, copper, and platinum to create a soft pink finish. Rolex forges the metal in-house. In the Ref 126711CHNR, Rolex combines the Everose material with its standard Oystersteel stainless steel to create a new Rolesor colorway. The Everose gold appears on the three-link Oyster bracelet, unidirectional bezel, and Triplock crown.

Design of the Ref 126711CHNR

The Bezel and Dial

The wider Everose bezel can be used to display a third time zone. It rotates in both directions and features a 24-hour scale for simple timekeeping.

Rolex uses its Cerachrom insert to create a distinct look. Cerachrom is scratch- and fade-resistant. Many years after its introduction, Rolex only used Cerachrom for its single-tone bezels. But the Ref 126711CHNR combines black and brown to create its signature Root Beer look.

The dial is in full black, and Chromalight indexes mark the hours. The dial incorporates circles, rectangles, and a single triangle representing the hours. Each Chromalight lume has an outline in polished Everose to tie the entire design language together.

This watch has many durability features. Flat sapphire crystal protects the dial and movement. There's also a Cyclops lens over the date window for magnification. Like most Rolex watches, the Ref 126711CHNR Rolex stainless-steel timepiece uses Oyster case construction and the Triplock crown to give the watch water resistance to depths of 100 meters.


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