The new revised and updated “Pepsi” GMT master was released this past baselworld and has the watch community in shock. Prior to this release, the only Blue/Red GMT variation available was the solid white gold version on the oyster bracelet. With the addition of a stainless steel GMT Pepsi on the new Rolex Jubilee bracelet and clasp, this watch is a classic in the making, and the prices already prove that.
Retail Price : $9250 USD
The case is your typical oyster style case with a case diameter of 40MM and a thickness of 12.3MM comprised of the elite Rolex 904L stainless steel. The lug width measures 20MM and we get a nice mix of brushed tops and polished sides. The GMT is water resistant to 100M and has a trip lock screw down signed crown. The caseback is sterile as usual and fits in with every other model besides a couple.
The Black Lacquer Dial is quite typical of your newer ceramic GMts with applied Chromalight blue lume, Mercedes style hand with long pointed arrow lumed GMT hand. Our cyclops date magnifier is over at 3:00 with a white date wheel:black numerals. Three lines of simple text above 6:00 stating the Chronometer certification and model name is all you really need and I am glad they did not overdue it with text. I do like the addition of the crown between Swiss and Made at 6:00 which is seen on the newer Rolex models. If you didn’t know, the hands and bezels surrounding the markers are made of 18K white gold. The BiDirectional Blue/Red Cerachrom insert looks good, but the colors are a little off in my honest opinion. The red appears slightly pinkish and does not match the original GMTs. However, the bezel allows us to hold two time zones at the same time making this a great travel companion.
The In House Calibre 3285 is one workhorse of a movement. This movement is COSC certified of course and will run accurately within -2 or +2 seconds a day with no error. Rolex movements are some of the most consistent and reliable mechanical movements I have seen. From the Blue Parachrom hairspring, to the beautiful chronergy escapement, increased shock resistance and 70 hour power reserve - you are definitely getting your moneys worth with this inside your Rolex. A near function related to the GMT function is the independent hour increments the hand can flip for easier time zone movement.
Furthermore my fellow Rolex Fanboys, the new GMT is certainly appealing and has the momentum in the market at the moment with prices seen at 18K+ which is completely rediculous, and I would never pay that much over retail for a new piece. The movement upgrades are a big plus in my book, as well as the addition of the new super comfortable Jubilee bracelet. I would wait until things cool down a bit before purchasing one and see if the prices come down...At retail $9250 It is definitely worth it if your on the hunt for a Pepsi style GMT and do not want to go down the vintage route.