Heading to Cascais, Portugal to catch the Rolex TP52 World Championships? Then may we suggest wearing one of these fresh-off-the-press Rolex GMT-Master II watches that made their debut earlier this year. With these brand new beauties on your wrist, courtesy of Packouz Jewelers, you will certainly be one style step ahead of everyone else.
Why the Rolex GMT-Master II?
While a Yacht-Master II may be the obvious choice to wear during the high-profile regatta, unless you’re competing, the Rolex GMT-Master II may be a better choice.
If you’re jetting off to another time zone, like Cascais, Portugal, you can easily keep track of what time it is locally and at home simultaneously thanks to the Rolex GMT-Master II’s functionality. All you need to do is set the center hands to local time and set the 24-hour arrow-tipped hand to point to home time hour on the 24-hour marked bezel. What’s more, with a couple of clicks of the rotating bezel, you can also tell what time it is in Budapest if you’re flying there the following week for Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix.
A mainstay of the Rolex lineup since the 1950s, the GMT-Master and subsequent GMT-Master II pilot’s watches remain as one of the most popular sports watches to own. Part of the watches’ appeal lies in the bezel, particularly the bi-color ones.
In March 2018, Rolex unveiled three new GMT-Master II models with two-tone ceramic bezels. And if you can get your hands on either of these highly sought-after Rolex watches, then that’s the watch to flaunt during the Rolex TP52 World Championships.
Everose Gold and Steel Rolex GMT-Master II 126711CHNR
First up we have the stunning two-tone GMT-Master II ref. 126711CHNR, combining precious Everose gold—Rolex’s patented rose gold alloy—and robust stainless steel. Bringing together steel and gold on the same watch has been a favorite style of Rolex for decades and it looks particularly good on this new GMT-Master II.
Complementing the warm gold accents on the watch and rich black dial is the attractive bi-colored black and brown ceramic bezel with Everose gold numerals.
Everose Gold Rolex GMT-Master II 126715CHNR
If you prefer a solid gold version, then there’s the ultra-precious GMT-Master II ref. 126715CHNR. While this new GMT-Master II model includes the same black and brown ceramic bezel and black dial, it’s more opulent thanks to its full Everose gold construction.
Although Rolex has offered yellow gold and white gold GMT-Master II watches, this is the first time the brand offers an Everose gold version of the GMT-Master II.
Stainless Steel Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO
The most talked about luxury watch of the year is the new Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO. Crafted in stainless steel and sporting a Jubilee bracelet, this new GMT-Master II is causing waves because of its coveted blue and red bi-colored bezel, nicknamed the “Pepsi.”
The very first GMT-Master from the 1950s had a blue and red bezel and Rolex continued to use those particular colors on many subsequent editions—cementing the Pepsi watch’s iconic status. However, up until this year, Rolex hadn’t made a steel GMT-Master II watch with the blue and red bezel for over ten years, only offering a white gold version.
If you’re lucky enough to make it up the years-long waitlist to score the GMT-Master II 126710BLRO, then that’s the watch you should be happily wearing all summer—and beyond.