IT’S NO FIZZER
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