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New Release: Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II “Root Beer”

The Rolex GMT-Master II collection just got sweeter.
by Robin Lim on March 31, 2018

While the highlight for Rolex in this year’s Baselworld is undoubtedly the GMT-Master II “Pepsi” in stainless steel, but there were two other interesting additions into the GMT-Master II range. For this year’s novelties, Rolex had re-introduced the “Root Beer” into the repertoire.

The “Root Beer” is one of the three iconic pieces in the GMT-Master collection. Interestingly, these watches in the collections were each associated with a soft drink – Coke, Pepsi, and Root Beer – based on the colour that was featured on the bezel insert. This particular watch was given its nomenclature previously based on the brown and gold bezel insert. This year, Rolex had a reinterpretation of the “Root Beer” with some distinct difference – most notably in the form of a two-colour Cerachrom insert in black and brown.

 

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II, in two-tone option.

 

Besides its aesthetics, the other highlight of the timepiece is in its movement. The new GMT-Master II is fitted with Rolex’s Calibre 3285. The self-winding movement boasts a power reserve of around 70 hours, which is vast improvement from the Calibre 3186 (the latter only has a power reserve of around 48 hours). In addition, the other improvements in the performance aspect can be seen in terms of its precision, resistance to both magnetic fields and shocks, and reliability. Some of these can be derived from the Chronergy escapement that is patented by Rolex themselves, as well as  the blue Parachrom hairspring which is more resistant to shock.

 

The Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II in the full Everose gold variant.

 

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The new Rolex GMT-Master II, with the brown and black bezel, is available in two variants: one in two-tone (Reference 126711 CHNR, in stainless steel and 18 ct Everose gold), and the other one in full Everose gold (Reference 126715 CHNR). These two watches are fitted with Rolex’s signature Oyster case, and the Oyster bracelet. It was waterproof up to 100m, and the bracelet is additionally fitted with the Oysterlock folding safety clasp that comes with a 5mm comfort extension link.

The recommended retail price for the two-tone model is S$18,920, while the full Everose gold model is available at S$49,370. Similar to the Reference 126710 BLRO (the stainless steel Rolex GMT-Master II with the “Pepsi” bezel insert), we reckon that the two-tone model might have a long waiting list. This can be attributed to both its good-looks, as well as a relatively more accessible price point. We are definitely keeping our eyes peeled on this one as well.

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  • Eli
    April 10, 2018 at 4:23 am

    Being 10-15 times more magnetic field resistant than a Rolex is a simple fact that is relevant in a world where there are so many sources of magnetism to throw off a watch…just a fact not a brag.

  • Anonymous my e- mail this is my 2nd coment
    April 1, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Please is some one have old Rolex in white Goald with mother Peale and diamond men sise even do I am a female but I like men’s size , or any in white , I don’t want to die with out having a Rolex again that was my patient collect them but I never have the bless of new one .they were pre-own and due to my sickness I have lost all my Jewerly in pawn shops to be able to paid my food and other stuff and about to loose my transportation due to $$$$.

  • Maggie
    April 1, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Beutufull , I hope one day I can have my dream come thru I always use to buy pre own ; but was in a point went I lose them all in pawnshops because I am medically afectes by a tumor in my heat and have lost everything, to safe my roof I am in my own : and about to lose my car and don’t have more Rolex to pound . I trust God the one day I can own another one don’t have to be that fancy but also list white gold with diamonds and he way was mine I am female but I love big man size. If you know ho wants to donate one to me let me know , I know maybe for rish people that is nothing but for me ho has lost almost everything, I don’t see the day I can get another one :

  • April 1, 2018 at 3:44 am

    When it comes to magnetic resistance (and other stuff), I think the goal with Rolex is make watches that resist beyond normal use. Omega’s goal is to best Rolex with technology.

  • Milhouse
    April 1, 2018 at 3:17 am

    If omega say 15000 but it’s resistant to 60000 then what’s the point in Rolex stating a number, it’ll no doubt be higher than Omega and certainly will if it’s to impress people with figures.

  • Eli
    April 1, 2018 at 2:42 am

    I wish both Rolex and reviewers would state clearly the actual anti-magnetic resistance in gauss or Tesla. Rolex is alway ambiguous about this area of concern. Omega Master Chronometers are METAS certied anti-magnetic to 15,000 gauss and are reputed to be ant-magnetic to 60,000 gauss…where does the Rolex stand? It is not suffice to to credit Rolex with improved anti magnetism with out some cold numbers.

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