Updated: Mar 25
There is a perfect storm in the Rolex watches marketplace at the moment. In fact, this current market is unlike any other in the history of fine timepieces. Over the last few years many new customers have entered the market. This includes new customers who intend to buy only one or perhaps two watches. It also includes new collectors who hope to buy many of the Rolex models. This has resulted in long waitlists and one of the most difficult watches to acquire is the Rolex GMT-Master II ref. number 126719BLRO.
One of the reasons this luxury watch is in such high demand is simply the striking appearance of the GMT. In this variation, crafted from white gold with a meteorite dial, the effect is simply stunning. Although the same watch with a blue dial is also very difficult to obtain, the meteorite dial with the white gold background is as close to impossible to get as possible for a Rolex or, for that matter, any fine timepiece. With the very popular “Pepsi” bezel adding blue and red to the color scheme, the watch is even more beautiful.
The meteorite dial isn’t a chosen name for the color. It is actually made from real meteorites that have fallen to earth. The material is mostly iron and nickel. Used with some Rolex Daytona models and, more often, with Datejusts, this reference is the first time the material has been used on a GMT, making it very collectable as well as striking.
Good luck trying to buy one.
Most authorized Rolex dealers would consider themselves very fortunate to get more than one per year and it’s unthinkable they would receive more than three. With that kind of limited production, the waitlists are extraordinary. The truth is, though, it’s near to impossible to even get on a waitlist for the Rolex GMT-Master II 126719BLRO. Most dealers reserve that for customers with whom they have exceptional and very, very lucrative relationships.
The result of the very long waitlists, limited supply and dramatic demand is a rapid acceleration of prices in the secondary, pre-owned Rolex market. While still not easy to find, customers pay well above retail for this watch, in some cases more than double the retail price. At this particular moment in time, that may be the only way to obtain this watch without a wait that can last years. If you want a GMT-Master II in white gold with the meteorite dial, this may be the option you pursue. If so, make sure you deal with a reputable pre-owned Rolex dealer to make sure you’re treated fairly