Baselworld 2018 – Tudor and Rolex GMT Pepsi impression

One of the wishes often heard amongst collectors was the Pepsi GMT-Master. Although this model was introduced 4 years ago already, being available in white gold only kept it out of reach for many. This week their wishes became more realistic with the introduction of the new stainless steel Rolex GMT-Master II with ceramic Pepsi bezel. At the same time Tudor presented their first GMT Pepsi in the Black Bay line. Let’s have a closer look at both.

Rolex GMT Pepsi

With various changes from the current GMT master with reference 116710 the new Rolex GMT-Master Pepsi comes with the new reference 126710. Available only with a super jubilee bracelet with a folding clasp. For this model the case design has been changed which means that at this moment there is no option for an Oyster bracelet. This new reference also comes with he new-generation 3285 movement. Certified as a Swiss Chronometer it passed the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) tests. It also comes with a power reserve of approximately 70 hours.

Where the bezel of the white gold GMT-Master was criticised for the purple-ish colour of the blue you will find the same on the steel version. So for many this is the watch they have been waiting for. List price for the Rolex GMT-Master II will be around 8.400 Euro which is on par with the other sport models. However their will be another problem as Rolex sport models aren’t exactly known for their availability as you will not find any on display at the dealers.

Tudor Black Bay GMT Pepsi

At the same time Tudor introduced their first Black Bay GMT version, extending their successful heritage line further. They found the inspiration for the GMT based on the red and blue Black Bay heritage models . The Pepsi bezel uses those combined colours for the bezel which gives it a bit of a vintage feeling. Furthermore it comes with a new Tudor movement  MT5652 which also has a power reserve of 70 hours.

Unlike the Rolex the Tudor GMT is available with different straps or a metal bracelet. Being part of the Black Bay collection the GMT comes with the same case dimensions and snow flake hands. The same style has been used for the GMT hand which has a little extension in with luminous material. As you can expect the Tudor is priced friendlier starting at just over 3.600 Euro at the moment of the launch.

Impression

Where the Rolex GMT-Master was speculated for a long time, the Tudor GMT was quite a surprise although it makes a logical step. Also it was first that mother company was actually mentioned in the press presentation. As with other Rolex sport watches everything is done in perfection although it can be a disappointment that you no control over the look of your own watch. Having had several GMT-Master watches in the past myself I loved the versatility of this model. With a selection of multiple bezels and bracelets you could transform your watch into something different easily.

Perhaps I have to get used to the new Black Bay GMT to appreciate it more but the case is rather thick. Older Rolex GMT-Master watches would have a slightly slimmer case compared to the divers which is something I always enjoyed. Having the minute track and lack of crownguards a thinner case would have been a great addition to the vintage look and feel of this model. Nonetheless this GMT fist great in the heritage collection of Tudor and from the many responses so far this model already has many fans, just like the new steel Rolex GMT Pepsi.

For more info visit Rolex and/or Tudor.

Technical Specifications


Rolex GMT-Master II Pepsi
Reference: 126710
Case material: Osytersteel
Dimension: 40mm
Movement: Rolex 3285 calibre
Power: 70 Hours with automatic winding
Water resistance: 100meter / 10ATM
Dial: Black
Strap: Super Jubilee with folding buckle and Easylink adjustment
Rolex GMT-Master II Pepsi price is 8.400 EU (MSRP incl. VAT, prices may vary depending on location.)

Tudor Black Bay GMT
Reference: M79830RB-0001
Case material: Stainless steel
Dimension: 41mm
Movement: Tudor MT5652 calibre
Power: 70 Hours with automatic winding
Water resistance: 200meter / 20ATM
Dial: Black
Strap: Rivited bracelet, leather or nylon strap.
Tudor Black Bay GMT price begins at 3.620 EU (MSRP incl. VAT, prices may vary depending on location.)


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