With summer formally going all out, a vacation that we as a whole anticipate here at Bob’s is Fourth of July! Notwithstanding the firecrackers, marches, and gatherings, it’s likewise an incredible day to flaunt some red, white, and blue. While we love a banner shirt however much the following person, we have a surprisingly better approach to wear the energetic colors: the Rolex GMT-Master Pepsi .
Celebrate the fourth by showing your tones on your watch!
When the Rolex GMT-Master made its presentation in 1955, it brandished the notorious red and blue bezel that is currently so firmly connected with the assortment. Similarly as with most things Rolex, this specific bezel got its own epithet—the Pepsi—since it had a similar red, white, and blue shades of the soft drink logo. Since its commencement, there have been a few GMT-Master Pepsi models.
So, regardless of whether you select vintage or current, GMT-Master I or II, steel or gold, it must be a “Pepsi” for Independence Day. So how about we investigate our choices.
GMT-Master I or GMT-Master II?
While the debut GMT-Master came furnished with the red and blue “Pepsi” bi-shading bezel, future models were additionally accessible with other bezel tones. In any case, since we’re searching for the Pepsi form, the alternatives are as follows.
Firstly, there’s the GMT-Master ref. 6254, which is, obviously, the absolute first reference. On early models, its Pepsi bezel was really produced using Bakelite, however because of its delicacy, it was immediately supplanted with aluminum. Also, another red, white, and blue bezel can be found on the well known GMT-Master ref. 1675. With a creation run of more than 20 years, there are a lot of GMT-Master ref. 1675 Pepsi models to look over. One more Pepsi GMT-Master is the ref. 16750 , which offers the quickset capacity. Lastly, the last GMT-Master is the ref. 16700 with sapphire crystal.
Do you like to wear Vintage or Modern GMT-Master watches on this unique day?
In expansion to the GMT-Master models, there are two GMT-Master II Pepsi models. There’s the steel GMT-Master II ref. 16710 and the white gold GMT-Master ref. 116719.
What’s the distinction between the GMT-Master and GMT-Master II you inquire? There are a few, yet the primary one is the means by which the pair of hour hands work. On the GMT-Master II, the fundamental hour hand and the 24-hour hand can be set freely from one another. This implies that while the GMT-Master can just show double cross zones (by utilizing the bezel), the GMT-Master II can demonstrate three time regions (home time, neighborhood time, and a third zone utilizing the bezel).
It’s important that beside the digits segment of the reference numbers, there are now and then letters as well. In the event that the reference number incorporates “BLRO” (for instance ref. 116719BLRO) it implies it comes with blue and red bezel since “BL” is for “Bleu” (French for blue) and “RO” is for “Rouge” (French for red).
Vintage or Modern GMT-Master?
Right off the bat, you presumably definitely realize that there’s no current steel rendition of the Pepsi GMT-Master II. There’s just a white gold variant, which we’ll broadly expound beneath. Thusly, for a treated steel GMT-Master with a red and blue bezel, it must be from an ended reference number. There are the vintage models—which must be over 30 years of age to qualify as vintage—notwithstanding more present day ones.
So on the off chance that we investigate creation dates, here a brisk cheat sheet on vintage versus ended versus current GMT-Master Pepsi models.
|GMT-Master ref. 6542||1954-1959||Vintage|
|GMT-Master ref. 1675||1959-1980||Vintage|
|GMT-Master ref. 16750||1981-1988||Vintage|
|GMT-Master ref. 16700||1988-1999||Discontinued|
|GMT-Master II ref. 16710||1989-2007||Discontinued|
|GMT-Master II ref. 116719||2014 – present||Current|
Finally, Rolex gave us the watch we were sitting tight for…
Speak to a Rolex GMT-Master fan, and they’ll likely disclose to you that the new Rolex GMT-Master II with a blue and red Cerachrom bezel in stainless steel was quite possibly the most welcomed watches uncovered at Baselworld 2018. That’s on the grounds that as of recently, the solitary alternative for a fired blue and red bezel was on the 18k white gold GMT-Master II ref. 116719. What’s more, with a retail cost of near $40,000, it was positively too far for most. With the arrival of the new GMT-Master II 126710 BLRO, the cost dropped significantly, making it a more reasonable other option (on the off chance that you can traverse the holding up rundown). Add that to the current treated steel GMT-Master II ref. 116710 with an earthenware bezel, remembering the choices to have your bezel for all dark, blue and dark, earthy colored and dark, or red and blue, and you have a plenty of astonishing GMTs to pick from.
The GMT Master II in stailess steel was uncovered at Baselworld 2018
And the writing is on the wall. For a red, white, and blue Rolex, the decision of GMT-Master Pepsi models is a shifted one. From everybody here at Bob’s Watches, we’d prefer to wish you and your family an upbeat and safe Fourth of July!
Which Rolex Pepsi is your top choice? Tell us in the comment segment below.