The Rolex GMT Master 2 is one of the most iconic watches featuring a second-time-zone. Thanks to its’ 24-hour hand and rotating bezel, this watch can keep track of 2 time zones. In short, GMT-Master II is the perfect stylish companion for frequent travelers, businessmen, and politicians. This particular blue and red bezel model 116719 BLRO, often called Rolex Pepsi or “Pepsi Bezel”; because of its’ color combination.
Of course, when Rolex first released their original GMT-Master in the 1950s, it was not Cola. Rolex Enthusiast will know that the Pepsi Bezel was the result of PanAm airline while developing their two-time-zone GMT sports watch. Today, its’ known as one of Rolex’s most highly sought-after watches, together with the Rolex Submariner.
You can admire the Rolex GMT Master II – 116719 BLRO (40mm) in the video below.
Rolex Pepsi – GMT Master 2 (116719 BLRO)
In the move towards Cerachrom ceramic bezels, Rolex stopped the GMT Master 2 collection watches (including Rolex Pepsi) in 2007. Rolex then added green on a variation of the Rolex Submariner Hulk in 2010. In 2014, Rolex releases the Rolex Pepsi 116719 BLRO, one year after they released a blue-black version of GMT Master 2 (in 2013). You can tell that they are GMT-Masters by their bidirectional, rotating 24-hour bezel with an additional hand, which completes one rotation every 24 hours. Although, the Pepsi Bezel red and blue segment are meant to differentiate as an AM / PM indicator.
However, the ceramic bezel was not the only upgrade to the Pepsi Rolex; but also, the GMT master 2 116719 watch comes in 18k white gold. Although very exclusive, the price for white gold also makes this watch very expensive. Suddenly Rolex GMT 2 price increased by 3 times. There could be 2 reasons to this. Firstly, Rorex has just released the blue and black version (aka Batman Bezel) last year. Secondly (and the more likely reason), the blue and red Pepsi Bezel is still difficult to produce in quantity.
Rolex Cerachrom ceramic bezels (Rolex Pepsi White Gold)
If you are wondering what is Cerachrom ceramic bezel, and why is it so hard to produce? Perhaps, we can help explaining a little here. The ceramic sintering process is a complicated one and revolves around some chemistry brewing. Rolex engineers apply a chemical compound solution to half of the bezel, before heating in the oven. This causes that half to turn blue during the firing process.
The Cerachrom ceramic bezel can endure the most extreme conditions and is patented by Rolex company. The Cerachrom bezel is for specific watches (like GMT Master 2 Rolex Pepsi) to ensure its’ lasting beauty and functionality. As a result, it is especially scratch resistant, hard, but yet still very lightweight.
The movement on Rolex GMT Master 2 (116719 BLRO)
Rolex Pepsi is armed with caliber 3186, a self-winding mechanical movement. Additionally, it features a 24-hour hand to display a second-time-zone. Like all Rolex perpetual movements, the 3186 is an automatic COSC Chronometer certified movement.
All things considered, GMT Master 2 (116719) is an extremely desirable, yet reliable watch. The price of Rolex GMT Master 2 (Rolex Pepsi) is around USD$38,000.
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