Zach Blass’ Choice: A refreshing Pepsi, ref. 126710
As the American on the team, there is just something awesome about the red, white and blue combo of the replica Rolex GMT-Master II with Pepsi bezel. Whether the refined version mark 2, or the initial pastel mark 1 bezel, I just love how the watch flexes on the wrist. In terms of its context, the Pepsi is the original cosmopolitan pilot’s watch – with aviators from the golden era of flying strapping them on their wrists to fly in style. While some prefer the Oyster bracelet, I personally love the Jubilee configuration. Considering the more formal jet-setting origins of the watch, in my opinion it’s a much better fit and distinguishes the watch from other professional models in the catalogue. Sure, a GMT is a Submariner with an extra hand and different bezel, but for whatever reason I think GMTs should be on Jubilee bracelets and Submariners should be on Oyster bracelets. Come at me, bro!
Thor Svaboe’s choice: The golden tones of Root Beer in the ref.126711
After just finishing a story on the two-tone Sea-Dweller I have developed a penchant for tool watches in party frocks, and none better emphasises this choice than the ‘Root Beer’ Rolex GMT copy with black dial, resplendent in steel and solid rose gold. Why be shy? This is a year where we need pepping up, so make yourself happier with a bit of pizzazz, maxed out in this 126711 reference from 2018. The gold frames the crisply legible maxi dial with the large indices and endows the hands with that special sparkle to go with the cerachrom bezel. For God’s sake, when we can finally travel again, why not do it in style! No athleisure for me, I’m dressing up for that special first flight in a suit and tie, and this needs to be on my wrist.
A personal honourable mention, maybe I need two GMTs?
I might add that I do also have a soft spot for the plain Jane black bezel 16710, the oft-forgotten Swiss movement replica Rolex GMT-Master. Still the same simple but brilliant functionality that makes it a reference for all GMTs and wannabes around the world, but in a very quiet monochrome suit. Casting aside the colourful bezel, it looks like a Submariner at a distance, until you see that fresh pop of red in the 24-hour hand. That’s why I might need this as a more subdued daily companion as, like Nick, I do love an underdog. Hang on, did I just say I wanted two GMTs?