The Australian - Wish Magazine - - TIMEPIECES -

In 1954, in re­sponse to the ris­ing pop­u­lar­ity and ac­ces­si­bil­ity of com­mer­cial avi­a­tion, Rolex re­leased the GMT-Master. This watch al­lowed the wearer to eas­ily track sev­eral time zones, thanks to the ad­di­tional hand and ad­justable 24-hour bezel. It’s from the dis­tinct two-colour bezel, di­vided into blue for the night-time hours and red for the day, that the nick­name “Pepsi” arose. The GMTMaster and its suc­ces­sor, the log­i­cally named GMT-Master II, have been sta­ples in the Rolex cat­a­logue ever since, and have been of­fered in nu­mer­ous colour schemes and case met­als over the years. But that orig­i­nal com­bi­na­tion of steel case and Pepsi bezel hasn’t been seen since 2007, and Rolex fans have been wait­ing for the day the pro­to­typ­i­cal travel watch re­ceived a ce­ramic up­grade.

Well, the wait is over, as the Big Crown re­cently un­veiled the ref­er­ence 126710 BLRO: an Oys­ter­steel case pro­tect­ing the lat­est-gen­er­a­tion move­ment, topped off with a sin­gle-piece blue and red bezel in ul­tra-hard-wear­ing Cer­achrom. But there’s a sur­prise in the tail. In­stead of fit­ting the watch on the fa­mil­iar Oys­ter bracelet, it’s on the de­cid­edly more dressy five-link Ju­bilee bracelet, held fast with a sporty Oys­ter­lock clasp. All this adds up to a watch that’s sure to be the hottest Rolex of 2018. RRP $11,750

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