There’s just something about astronomical complications! For me, the fascination of timekeeping is closely linked with the idea of mindfulness – whether that’s the “memento mori” awareness that our time in this world is finite or the “we inhabit a small rock circling a flaming ball of gas in the midst of a near-infinite void” reminder that astronomical timepieces provide.
For instance, an early purchase still in my collection is Audemars Piguet’s Jules Audemars Equation of Time with its perpetual calendar, moon phase, equation of time indicator, and times of sunrise and sunset in my home location.
Anytime I wear that watch, the earth’s tilt and elliptical orbit become a bit more real to me. And when I look at watches new and old, my attention sharpens when I see anything from the wonderful moon phase of the Hermès Arceau L’Heure de la Lune to Ulysse Nardin’s wildly complicated Tellurium, Planetarium, and Astrolabium trilogy to Konstantin Chaykin’s Mars Conqueror with its displays of time on both earth and Mars.
Down here on earth, there’s also the need to know the current time in distant locations, whether that’s helping pilots to see the time at their destination at a glance, figuring out the hour in Geneva for an upcoming conference call, or monitoring home time while on the road to avoid awakening family members with an ill-timed phone call.
I’m not a pilot, but the latter two requirements do apply to me and over the years I’ve accumulated a variety of GMT and travel time watches, including a blue and red bezel fake Rolex GMT-Master II BLNR “Batman.”
But what if our and other worlds – figurative and literal – collided to give us a watch that brought terrestrial travel and a real touch of outer space to the same small space on the wrist?
Recently, I had the opportunity to find out when a long-time friend handed over his top quality copy Rolex GMT-Master II BLRO Meteorite for me to inspect, photograph, and wear.
Skipping the history of the fake Rolex GMT-Master
If you follow watches you’ve no doubt read a zillion histories of the Rolex GMT-Master and its origins, so I’ll spare you that here other than to note that the first-generation Reference 6542 with its ever-so-fragile Bakelite bezel continues to exert a pull on me – and that my desire for one will almost certainly remain unrequited as long as prices for minty versions remain in the ionosphere.
Let’s focus on the piece at hand! The immediate impression that strikes upon picking up the BLRO Meteorite for inspection is its serious heft; there has been no skimping on the construction of the white gold case and bracelet. And as a fan of substantial watches, I really appreciate the mass of this piece.
As shown in the image above, the case and bracelet color also clearly signal this as a white gold watch. Rolex replica does not rhodium plate its white gold pieces, and while the brand does use a proprietary alloy rich in bright palladium, the resulting hue still has a pleasant hint of gold tones.
While on the topic of case and bracelet, I’ll note that I’m a fan of the current incarnation of the Oyster bracelet as used on the GMT-Master. It’s comfortable on the wrist, the rounded edges of the links smooth the view as the bracelet drops away around the wrist, and the balance of brushed and polished surfaces seems just right.
I also appreciate the Oysterlock safety on the GMT-Master’s clasp and only wish that it were a feature of the bracelet of my recently acquired Oyster Perpetual 41.
Rolex GMT-Master II on the wrist in changing light
Shooting watches in formal, static setups is both fascinating (at least to me) and fun, but some watches just don’t seem to come to life until they’re seen on the wrist in the same way that there are some pieces that only shine once they are out of the display case at the dealer – and sometimes outside the building.
For me, the Swiss movement fake Rolex GMT-Master II Meteorite is one of those watches. While I found the monochromatic stretch of meteor material against the white gold backdrop just a bit flat in the light tent, even with the interceding blue-red bezel, the same combination somehow seemed just right once clothing colors and skin tones came into the equation.
Quick Facts fake Rolex GMT-Master II Reference 126719BLRO
Case: 40 mm, white gold case; monobloc middle with screw-down case back and Triplock winding crown; bidirectional rotating 24-hour bezel with blue and red Cerachrom insert; sapphire crystal with cyclops lens
Bracelet: white gold Oyster bracelet with Oysterlock safety clasp and 5 mm Easylink extension
Dial: meteorite dial with blue Chromalight luminous markers and hands
Movement: automatic Caliber 3285, 28,800 vph/4Hz frequency; power reserve 70 hours; rated to -2/+2 seconds per day after casing (C.O.S.C. chronometer certification plus Rolex certification)
Functions: hours, minutes, (hacking) seconds; date; second 24-hour time zone with independent rapid-setting hour hand