While the highlight for Rolex in this year’s Baselworld is undoubtedly the GMT-Master II “Pepsi” in stainless steel, but there were two other interesting additions into the GMT-Master II range. For this year’s novelties, Rolex had re-introduced the “Root Beer” into the repertoire.
The “Root Beer” is one of the three iconic pieces in the GMT-Master collection. Interestingly, these watches in the collections were each associated with a soft drink – Coke, Pepsi, and Root Beer – based on the colour that was featured on the bezel insert. This particular watch was given its nomenclature previously based on the brown and gold bezel insert. This year, Rolex had a reinterpretation of the “Root Beer” with some distinct difference – most notably in the form of a two-colour Cerachrom insert in black and brown.
Besides its aesthetics, the other highlight of the timepiece is in its movement. The new GMT-Master II is fitted with Rolex’s Calibre 3285. The self-winding movement boasts a power reserve of around 70 hours, which is vast improvement from the Calibre 3186 (the latter only has a power reserve of around 48 hours). In addition, the other improvements in the performance aspect can be seen in terms of its precision, resistance to both magnetic fields and shocks, and reliability. Some of these can be derived from the Chronergy escapement that is patented by Rolex themselves, as well as the blue Parachrom hairspring which is more resistant to shock.
The new Rolex GMT-Master II, with the brown and black bezel, is available in two variants: one in two-tone (Reference 126711 CHNR, in stainless steel and 18 ct Everose gold), and the other one in full Everose gold (Reference 126715 CHNR). These two watches are fitted with Rolex’s signature Oyster case, and the Oyster bracelet. It was waterproof up to 100m, and the bracelet is additionally fitted with the Oysterlock folding safety clasp that comes with a 5mm comfort extension link.
The recommended retail price for the two-tone model is S$18,920, while the full Everose gold model is available at S$49,370. Similar to the Reference 126710 BLRO (the stainless steel Rolex GMT-Master II with the “Pepsi” bezel insert), we reckon that the two-tone model might have a long waiting list. This can be attributed to both its good-looks, as well as a relatively more accessible price point. We are definitely keeping our eyes peeled on this one as well.