Baselworld opened doors today March 21st and many new watches have been unveiled. This is one of the most exciting days for watch collectors and enthusiasts worldwide as they can strategically plan their next piece for their growing watch collection. There was some surprises with Rolex as many anticipated a “Coke” GMT, but Rolex did otherwise.
ROLEX GMT MASTER 2 “PEPSI” Stainless Steel Ref. 126710 BLRO
Yep, it is here! The crowd predicted a Coke GMT on a Jubilee but looks like we will have to be satisfied with a Pepsi GMT in a modern oyster case equipped with the new Rolex Jubilee previously seen on the new Datejust 41 watches released at Basel 2017. Although, Rolex did add a fold over safety to the jubilee which is needed on a sports watch for extra security. The original Rolex GMT Pepsi released back in 2014 was only available in solid 18K white gold and was unattainable for many, now with a steel version this gives the fans a chance to own a classic sought after vintage Rolex in a modern iteration along with modern materials. Perhaps the biggest upgrade is the addition of the new Rolex Calibre 3285 which is new to the Rolex GMT line. This movement boasts a 70 hour power reserve compared to the previous 48 seen in older GMTs. The watch also features a 5MM extension for on the fly bracelet adjustment, 100M of water resistance, a new small Rolex crown in between “Swiss” and “Made” if you look closely at the 6:00 position. The pricepoint is $9000 USD and this is sure to sell out quick and have people going nuts!
Tudor went ahead and released a Black Bay GMT “Pepsi” model similiar to the Rolex Pepsi GMT in a way. This is an all around good move for Tudor as the Rolex is certainly not in everyones budget at 9000 USD. The new Tudor Black Bay GMT features a 41MM diameter, red snowflake GMT hand, rivet style bracelet as well as other strap options. The movement is an in-house Tudor GMT calibre very similiar to the in house Black Bay Calibre but only with a GMT function added. The nice Pepsi Bezel looks very vintage in terms of aesthetic and I think it came out amazing. This watch will fly off the shelves in my opinion and offers great value for money. The price is 3400 CHF on the strap and 3700 CHF with the bracelet option.
Movement: Manufacture Caliber MT6552
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, second timezone
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Frequency: 4 Hertz
Certification: COSC Chronometer