Baselworld 2018: The New Rolex GMT Master II Pepsi 126710 BLRO

Rolex has introduced a few new watches at the Baselworld 2018 – a new Rainbow Daytona amongst others – but the new GMT Master II Pepsi 126710 BLRO has caused the most stir. Why? Well, it comes with a new movement and a new bracelet, but, most of all, it’s steel. Steel? This is what the fuss is all about? Yes, yes it is.

Rolex already offers other versions of the GMT Master II in steel, but the “Pepsi” was only available in white gold till now. And this is the first time Rolex has introduced a new version in steel and not in gold. Of course, there is a hefty difference in price and many fans and collectors don’t consider a massive gold Rolex quite the everyday piece. That’s different now and with the new GMT Master II Pepsi in Steel Rolex heard the call of the customer, implementing what many wished for.

Rolex has redesigned the Oyster case a bit, also the lugs are a bit slimmer than in the previous models. it is combined with an emblematic bezel featuring a Cerachrom insert in red and blue ceramic.
Of course, the GMT Master II features two different time zones, making it the perfect wristwatch for the frequent traveller. In addition to conventional hour, minute and seconds hands, which display the local time (the time in the wearer’s current location), the GMT Master II features an arrow-tipped hand which circles the dial once every 24 hours, which is completed in its function by the 24-hour graduated bidirectional bezel.
The adjustment of the local time can be made independently of the minute and seconds hands, and without affecting the 24-hour hand. The time in an alternative time zone can be displayed by turning the rotatable bezel.

The new GMT Master II is powered by a brand new movement, the calibre 3285. This self-winding mechanical movement offers a power reserve of approximately 70 hours. It works at a frequency of 4 Hz and carries the Superlative Chronometer certification, which ensures excellent performance.
The calibre lies in the classic Oyster case which guarantees a water resistance of 10 bar.

The Jubilee bracelet which completes the new GMT Master II is also new, comes with a sporty look and combines matte with polished surfaces.
This watch comes at 8.400€. That’s a price-performance ratio we can live with.

Customize your Rolex with straps from Everest

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You want to acutally wear your Rolex Submariner when you are going diving? You want to use this watch like the tool it was meant to be? And still keep the bracelet in top condition? Now you can wear your Rolex Submariner and preserve it’s pristine condition even while surfing, diving, boating – with the straps from Everest Horology Products.

Sure, there are a lot aftermarket strap companies for the watch enthusiast, who is looking for an alternative to the bracelet, his watch came on. But Everest has a proprietary solid end link system, which seamlessly integrates the strap to the case of the watch. This solid end link system closes the gap between straps and lugs that’s so often typical for conventional straps. The fit between the endlink and the watch case is like the original Rolex end link that slides richt in with no lateral movement, no rounded edges, and fits like it is meant to be there.

Established with a Kickstarter campaign in 2012, the company offers leather straps for almost every Rolex model (as long, as it isn’t an antique). And for the divers, Everest also offers rubber straps. On the Baselworld 2015 Rolex introduced a rubber strap for it’s Everose Yacht-Master, the Oysterflex. But the strap is only available for this particular model.

everest1So when you want to wear your Rolex without risking damage to the bracelet, Everest straps are an alternative you might consider. You can choose between straps made from vulcanized Rubber, Italian Leather or Louisiana Alligator and each strap comes in a variety of colors, so you can choose the best match for your Rolex and your own personal style.

The straps can be installed at home – Everest sells a tool kit with everything you need to take action. There is no stuffing a leather strap around a spring bar, no wedging the leather between a springbar and a case. Slide the end link on, make sure the included springbars set into the case and you are off – it’s that easy.
The straps are manufactured in Switzerland; Everest relies upon industry-leading watchstrap manufacturers, that create straps for Omega, Panerai and IWC.

Investment luxury watch: What should investors know

After the economic crisis and the consequent fear of inflation, many investors are now focusing on new investment opportunities, such as gold, real estate and luxury watches. In insider-circles luxury watches are considered to be an investment with a high yield prospects.

Alfredo Paramico, a banker from Milan, founded the first watch investment company in 2010. Its share-index grew in the first half of 2012 by 18.2 percent. In comparison, the S + P stock index only grew by 11.2 percent within the same period! That means a special luxury watch can increase its value significantly within a few years – regardless of the economic situation.

What should investors know:

No one can say for sure which increase of value a luxury watch will show over the time.
Some models win particularly on value because celebrities are wearing them in public. The watch should definitely be a limited edition and should be undamaged. Individual designs and exceptional features are additionally increasing the value. Also a high quality finishing like Diamond-Like-Carbon-Coating can increases the value. Investors should therefore not only look for specific brands but also for refined luxury watches.

Collector watches – this is what matters:

1. Certificate of Authenticity

2. Limited Edition

3. Mechanical and independently-produced movement

4. No scratches or damages

5. Regular maintenance