You don’t have to be a Rolex expert to know that the Rolex GMT-Master II red and blue bezel is one of the most iconic sports watches in the world. You probably know it by the name GMT “Pepsi bezel”, a reference to the bezel’s color scheme. In 2014 Rolex has released the new and improved version of the GMT Master II and by doing so it has once more reminded us how easy it is to turn a classic Rolex into a modern and trendy watch.
The Rolex GMT Master II is a technical marvel, one that was first launched in the mid 1950s. It was mostly an aviation watch and its red and blue bezel was inspired by PanAm airlines who was actively supporting Rolex developing their two-times zone GMT sports model. The American aviation company needed a wristwatch capable of displaying multiple time zones at the same time. It was an essential instrument for their pilots during transatlantic flights. Not just PanAm pilot wore the Rolex GMT-Master, but also US Air Force pilots, NASA astronauts and serial jet-setters.
There haven’t been many improvements to this watch over the decades, but the version that was launched in 2014 brings some very interesting novelties. One of them is the fact that it has a bi-color ceramic bezel. You see, it is very difficult to produce ceramic in lighter colors, like red. This was actually the world’s first red ceramic bezel, a huge achievement for Rolex at that time.
Unquestionably, the Rolex GMT Master II Pepsi bezel is a very beautiful and exciting model. It is the kind of wristwatch that gets everyone’s attention when you step into a room. From watches aficionados to less experienced fans, they all agree that its looks, functionality and quality are unrivaled. And if you were thinking about getting your very own Rolex GMT Master II then below you will find a very useful review for my latest GMT Master II Pepsi bezel replica.
The Rolex GMT Master II is famous for its sleek, clean and hypnotic dial. Inspired by the famed Submariner, the dial of the GMT Master II epitomizes simplicity and elegance in its purest form. Its mate finish black dial is in perfect contrast with the highly legible luminescent hour markers that make it possible to read the time even in the harshest lightning conditions. There is nothing too spectacular about its design, but somehow it has the ideal proportions and balance between sophistication and classic beauty. At the 3 o’clock position there is a date window with a 2.5X magnifying lens that displays the date over a white background. As the GMT Master II is supposed to display a second time zone, it has an additional red hours hand that is used to show the time from a different time zone. If you examine the photos of my replica GMT Pepsi you will see that there are no differences between the dial of the original one and the one of my knockoff. Everything is exactly the same, the hour markers, the hands, the logos and writing, even the font used for the date window. I am very impressed with the way this dial was cloned.
Rolex has always manufactured its GMT Master II models with a 40 mm case. The 2014 model has the same case size, but its good looks are accentuated by thicker lugs and crown guards. This makes it seem bigger on the wrist. Furthermore, this model is manufactured exclusively from 18 k white gold which makes it one of the priciest Rolex watches ever and one of the heaviest as well. Wearing this watch implies serious effort and training. It takes a few good days to get used to its weight. And last, but not least, as opposed to all the previous GMTs that had a small twinlock crown, this newer version comes with a large triplock crown. The replica in these pictures has the same 40 mm case, larger winding crown, thicker lugs and crown guards. But obviously, it isn’t manufactured from 18 k white gold, but from solid stainless steel. From my point of view, it is actually better because you can wear the watch without being overwhelmed by the exaggerated weight of 18 k gold. And, another thing, my knockoff comes with a sapphire crystal, the same as the authentic watch.
The Rolex GMT Master II red and blue bezel comes with a Rolex in house movement called 3186 calibre, developed and produced exclusively by the company. This superior movement allows you to set the 24 hour hand so that it displays a second time zone. Other technical details regarding this movement are: the Parachrom hairspring that enhances excellent resistance to temperature variations and shocks, a bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor and a 48 hours power reserve. As expected, my replica watch doesn’t have the same extraordinary self-winding mechanism. Instead, it comes with a pretty decent Japanese automatic movement that is quite accurate and provides the second time zone function as well.
Just as the authentic Rolex GMT Master II Pepsi, my replica comes with an oyster style, flat three piece links bracelet that features the folding Oysterlock safety clasp that has the easylink 5 mm comfort extension link. It practically glides to make the band a little bit bigger. The bracelet looks very elegant and feels amazing on the wrist. What is not the same on my knockoff is the material used to make it. Mine is manufactured from solid stainless steel whereas the genuine bracelet is made from 18k white gold. It is a wide known fact that the Pepsi GMT Master is one of the most expensive watches on Earth due to its exclusive use of 18 k white gold. The watch costs over $40,000.
The Rolex GMT Master II was initially designed as a utilitarian watch for professional air pilots, but over the decades it has become one of the most popular and expensive wristwatches ever made. Its rugged looks and functionality has attracted a wide audience, from experienced globetrotters to fashion enthusiastic. Its versatile appearance, ability of displaying two different time zones and innovations make it the perfect timepiece for the modern man. I had all these things in mind when I decided to order my very own replica of the GMT Pepsi and now I am very happy I did so. The imitation watch is very authentic looking. The only “major” difference is in the hour and minute hands. It works very nice and has a very robust feel to it.