Accessibility is the name of the game and Rolex owned that last night when they unveiled their hero piece of Baselworld 2018, the GMT-Master II finished in stainless steel and the highly sought-after Pepsi colour bezel.
Fans of the brand would know that that the original GMT hailing from the 50s sported this very same colourway before it re-merged on a white gold model back in 2014. Whilst the colour combination was a welcome addition to the contemporary line, many were also concerned about the travel watch’s daily usability and inaccessible price tag thanks to the use of precious metals.
Today that all changes with the GMT-Master II bringing usability and iconic design back to the fold for a new generation of watch lovers.
The new watch features a 40mm Oystersteel case (that’s 904L stainless steel in normal terms along with the Cerachrom “Pepsi” two colour bezel. But that’s not all. For the first time ever since the vintage years, the GMT Master II will see the return of the five-link Jubilee bracelet – a beautiful design that will get hearts racing in the horology world.
Inside it’s all about the 3285 movement, a brand new addition to the Master II which now comes with GMT function and a sturdy power reserve of 70 hours instead of the previous model’s 48 hours. Besides that the movement affords the usual fair of hours, minutes, seconds and date functions, the latter of which can be viewed in a magnified window for better legibility.
Rolex has also gone through the trouble of getting the watch COSC Chronometer certified meaning accuracy is pretty much guaranteed.
If Pepsi isn’t your colour of choice, there’s also two other 70s-inspired colourways to choose from in an Oystersteel and Everose Gold combination or full Everose Gold variant.
Local prices have also been released with the Oystersteel-Pepsi coloured GMT Master II retailing for AU$11,750, whilst the Oystersteel and Everose Gold model will ask AU$17,800 before topping out with the full Everose Gold model for AU$46,550.