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8 Rolex GMT-Master II Alternatives

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Paul Altieri

The Rolex GMT-Master II is arguably one of the most sought-after watches in the world. It’s one of only a few pieces that can be considered a sizable investment, as the demand for this model has grown consistently over time.

However, with a price tag north of $30,000 to more than $60,000 and a growing number of Rolex collectors snatching them off the market, the timepiece becomes increasingly harder to find. Although an iconic watch, there are plenty of more affordable alternatives to the Rolex GMT-Master II.

To give you an idea of some of the best alternatives to the Rolex GMT-Master II, here are a few options we provide at Bob’s Watches that won’t break the bank, while still giving you the look and feel of the real thing.

1. Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Co-Axial GMT

Rolex GMT-Master II Alternatives Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Co-Axial GMT

The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Co-Axial GMT is the perfect alternative to the Rolex GMT-Master II. This watch has a similar look and feel as the Rolex, with a stainless steel case and bracelet that comes in black. It also features a black dial with white hands and hour markers, and has both a 24-hour hand and date window at 3 o’clock. The only difference between these two watches is that the Omega Seamaster uses automatic movement instead of quartz.

It is a famous option for many water enthusiasts as it offers an incredible water resistance of up to a depth of 600 meters (over 2,000 feet). The stainless steel deployant clasp is also an advantage, as it makes it easy to put on and take off.

At Bob’s Watches, you can get this beautiful watch for only $7,595. This watch is also authenticated which ensures you are buying a genuine model.

2. Rolex Explorer II Ref 216570 ‘Polar’ White Dial

Rolex GMT-Master II Alternatives Rolex Explorer II Ref 216570

For some, a watch is more than just a timepiece. It’s a statement and an accessory that reflects your personality and style. The Rolex Explorer II Ref 216570 ‘Polar’ White Dial can do this and more. This stunning timepiece has a stainless steel case with a white dial and stainless steel bezel.

Though some may question, why not go for GMT-Master II? Well, the answer is simple. The Rolex Explorer II Ref 216570 ‘Polar’ White Dial is a classic and timeless watch that can be worn with anything. It works well in both formal and casual situations and would make an excellent addition to any man’s collection.

Moreover, this watch doesn’t undergo too much design modification which regains its original look after years. That means it hasn’t lost its charm as well as the overall aesthetics that everyone loved about it when it was first released.

When it comes to features, the Rolex Explorer II offers a stainless steel oyster bracelet with a folding oyster clasp which provides the ultimate comfort. Another notable feature of the watch is its 42mm case with an improved Oystersteel finish and longer-lasting lume on the Maxi dial.

Just like other Rolex watches, this watch proves to be not only a good collector’s item, but a hefty investment as well.

3. Tudor Black Bay GMT – 79830RB

Rolex GMT-Master II Alternatives Tudor Black Bay GMT

Tudor is also an exceptional brand of luxury watches that provides a wide range of timepieces that suit many tastes. The Tudor Black Bay GMT is one of the most popular watches on the market. This watch features a 41mm case that mimics the Rolex GMT-Master II design. The matte burgundy and blue together with domed sapphire crystal make it a very visually appealing watch.

It also features the automatic self-winding Tudor caliber MT5652 movement combined with black with luminous hour markers and snowflake hands with a date window at 3 o’clock. It also has a 24-hour GMT hand, which is the most attractive feature of this watch.

The watch has a brown leather strap steel bracelet with stainless steel folding clasp and safety catch to make it more secure on your wrist. You can get this watch for only $3,895 which is significantly cheaper than a Rolex. It’s a great watch to wear for any occasion and is sure to turn heads with its stunning design.

4. Grand Seiko Elegance Collection – SBGJ249

Rolex GMT-Master II Alternatives Grand Seiko Elegance SBGJ249

Grand Seiko is a renowned brand that is known for its high-quality watches. The Elegance Collection is a part of the Grand Seiko line and is one of their most popular collections. This watch comes with an automatic movement, stainless steel case and bracelet which gives it a clean and simple look that makes it ideal for everyday wear. It also has sapphire crystal glass with an anti-reflective coating on both sides for added durability and scratch resistance.

What makes it more elegant is the light blue hue dial that makes it stand out from the rest. The watch is made for those who like to look their best, no matter what they are wearing. It has a simple yet elegant design that will add style to any outfit.

The automatic and manual winding caliber 9S86 movement is a great addition to the watch because it provides you with the convenience of not having to wind your watch every day. With this automatic movement, all you have to do is wear it and let it do its job. It also has a date display at 3 o’clock that rests inside a 39.5mm bezel.

Compared to a Rolex GMT-Master II, you can get a used Grand Seiko from our store at only $5,995.

5. Omega Seamaster Blue Wave Dial

Rolex GMT-Master II Alternatives Omega Seamaster Blue Wave Dial

Another Omega watch on our list is the Seamaster Blue Wave Dial. Though it may not look exactly the same as the Rolex GMT-Master II, it still has the same features and convenience that you’re looking for in a watch.

The Seamaster Blue Wave Dial has a 44mm stainless steel with a unidirectional rotatable bezel, polished blue ceramic bezel, white enamel diving scale, and blue ceramic pushers which are great for diving. It also has a water resistance of 300 meters so you can wear this watch while swimming or doing any other water activities.

The exhibition case back and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal makes it easier to see the watch and its features, while still being able to protect the interior of the watch. The automatic movement is also a great feature that makes this watch stand out from others.

The Blue Wave dial features luminescent Super-LumiNova skeleton hands and hour markers with 60-second and 12-hour sub-dials, as well as rhodium-plated sub-dial hands with a date window at 6 o’clock. These allow the wearer to monitor  time and their schedule.

When it comes to straps, the Seamaster Blue Wave Dial offers a stainless steel and deployant clasp for a comfortable and secure fit. This is an elegant watch that will look great with any outfit and is sure to be a conversation starter.

Just like other alternatives, you can purchase this watch at a fraction of Rolex’s retail price. This is an excellent choice for anyone who wants something that will stand out from the crowd and will last for years to come without having to spend a lot of money.

At Bob’s Watches, you can purchase a used Seamaster Blue Wave Dial for only $5,995.

6. Breitling Chronomat GMT

A quintessential choice for the avid traveler, the Breitling Chronomat GMT seamlessly blends functionality with elegance. This timepiece boasts a robust design, ideal for those who appreciate a watch that can withstand adventurous lifestyles. Its GMT feature allows for tracking multiple time zones, making it perfect for globetrotters. The Chronomat GMT, with its sophisticated aesthetics, not only serves as a reliable tool but also as a statement piece on the wrist. This model offers a sophisticated look with a sturdy build, and the GMT function is a key feature

7. Oris Aquis GMT Date

The Oris Aquis GMT Date stands out with its unique combination of style and practicality. This watch is a testament to Oris’s commitment to craftsmanship and functionality. Featuring a GMT function, it’s a perfect companion for those who travel or work across different time zones. The Aquis GMT Date is also known for its durability, thanks to the high-quality materials used in its construction, making it a dependable choice for both professional divers and casual wearers alike. Known for its unique design and excellent build quality, this Oris model is a solid alternative for those who want a GMT function.

8. Panerai Luminor GMT

Panerai’s Luminor GMT is an emblem of luxury and precision. Known for its distinctive and bold design, this watch is more than just a timekeeper; it’s a piece of art. The GMT function in the Luminor series offers a blend of traditional Panerai aesthetics with the practicality of tracking time in multiple zones. Ideal for the discerning collector who values both form and function, the Luminor GMT is a standout choice in the realm of high-end timepieces. Offers a unique design with the brand’s signature case shape and a reliable GMT function, appealing to those who want a distinctive look.

Rolex GMT-Master II Alternatives Rolex Explorer II Ref 216570 Polar Dial

Why Choose Bob’s Watches for Used Watches?

Just like any big purchase, there are also some things to consider when in the market for a used watch. Aside from wanting a quality watch that will last for many years, you also want to purchase your watch from a reputable source. This is where Bob’s Watches comes in.

For starters, we are the leading online marketplace for pre-owned Rolex watches as well as other luxury watch brands. We have a wide selection of watches to choose from and our inventory is constantly updated with new arrivals. Some of the brands we carry include Rolex, Omega, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, and more.

Moreover, all of our used watches are authenticated by WATCHCSA, a reputable provider of watch authentication services. This means that every watch we sell is guaranteed to be genuine, as well as in good working condition. We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee wherein you can return the watch you purchase within three days for a full refund. All purchases from Bob’s Watches are also covered by our 1-year warranty so you are sure to have your purchases protected for a while.

We also offer competitive prices for our watches and a variety of payment options to make your purchase as convenient as possible. Feel free to compare our prices with other retailers and see that we offer the best deals on luxury watches!

Navigate through our extensive selection of watches and stay updated for our latest additions. If you’d like to browse our collection in person, you can visit our showroom located at 1900 Quail St. Newport Beach, CA 92660. We are open from Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. Make sure to schedule an appointment in advance as we only accommodate visitors with appointments.

Contact Bob’s Watches today to find the perfect luxury watch for you.

Paul Altieri
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