In the mid 1950s, Rolex introduced the first GMT-Master watch for Pan Am pilots who wanted to know what time it was back home. The piece touted a sharp, but familiar-looking colour scheme of black, red and blue, promptly earning it the nickname “Pepsi”. Cementing its status was an appearance in a Bond film, on the wrist of a sexy villainess no less. In honour of that original classic, Rolex unveiled their new GMT-Master II Pepsi at Baselworld 2018, continuing the iconic colour scheme while finally offering the design in stainless steel (aka Oystersteel). Watch fans are definitely excited for this one.
In addition to Oystersteel construction and lineup mainstays like GMT functionality and a bidirectional rotating bezel, the new GMT-Master II will include a five-link “Jubilee” style bracelet. Also featured is a 24-hour Cerachrom insert with red and blue ceramics. This actually marks the first time that Oystersteel, a Jubilee bracelet and a Cerachrom insert with two-colour ceramics appear together on a GMT-Master II.
Powering the watch is calibre 3285 self-winding mechanical movement. Made of nickel phosphorus and thereby impervious to magnetic interference, the movement utilises patented Chronergy escapement to deliver the utmost in reliability. The result is a heritage timepiece oozing with modern efficiency. For just under ten grand USD, it can be all yours.