It is almost with an apology that we name the Rolex GMT Master II in steel as our Mechanical Watch of the Year, because it is a timepiece that needs no further hype to add to its soar away commercial appeal.
The watch has a list price of £7,150, but you will need to have been the Best Man at your local Rolex authorised dealer’s wedding to even get on the list for one, or you can pay around double that price to snag it on the secondary market.
Turning this steel sports watch into the most sought after luxury timepiece on the market can only be properly understood by those that have felt the watch in their hands and know the decades of refinement that have gone into the 3186 or 3285 automatic movements they contain.
A watch this precise, backed by a 5 year warranty, would not have been possible a decade ago.
If you can get it for list price before rising sea levels engulf Britain, you should.