The Rolex GMT-Master II in its Cerachrom “Pepsi” bezel, now finally in steel, alongside two line extensions.
In 2014, Rolex unveiled its GMT-Master II timepiece with a Cerachrom bezel rendered for the first time in blue and red – a colourway aficionados dub the “Pepsi” bezel”. The watch collecting community gave a collective gasp of excitement, but what quickly followed was a collective sigh of disappointment as the watch was only available in white gold.
The long wait is finally over. The same watch is now available in steel, with a few extra perks that makes the new timepiece more than a simple line extension.
To recap, the GMT-Master II tracks a second time zone via an extra arrow hand that points to the 24-hour hour markings on the bezel. Given that the original GMT-Master II from 1955 also used a blue/red colour scheme on its bezel to demarcate day and night, the usage of Cerachrom (i.e. the brand’s proprietary ceramic) in the same colourway was a logical development.
The bezel in the new watch is identical to 2014’s reference in white gold. Underneath the hood, however, it’s been improved with Rolex’s new Calibre 3285 movement, which incorporates various improvements the manufacture has developed, including its own energy-efficient Chronergy escapement.
The new GMT-Master II in steel has also been fitted with a Jubilee bracelet, in contrast to the Oyster bracelet found on its siblings. This five-link variation gives the timepiece a classier look, but comes fitted with the folding Oysterlock safety clasp that only Rolex’s sports models have.
Also available this year are two other references: one in Everose gold with a black-and-brown Cerachrom bezel (affectionately dubbed the “Root Beer”), and the other in Everose Rolesor (i.e. bimetal with steel and Everose gold) with the same bezel.
These two references are, however, only available with an Oyster bracelet. Like the steel model, they are powered by the new Calibre 3285 movement.