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A brief history of the Rolex GMT Master II Pepsi

September 17th, 2019
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What do you prefer – Pepsi or Coke? Although it is a matter of individual tastes, there is ideally one straightforward answer when it comes to the Rolex GMT-Master. The original Rolex GMT-Master introduced in 1955 featured a red and blue 24hour scale display, nicknamed as ‘Pepsi’. However, the new GMT-Master II Pepsi represents the rebirth of the classic model in its original form.

The Story of PanAm Airways and ‘Pepsi’ Generation

Rolex designed and developed the original Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 6542 in 1954 for the Pan American airways. They wanted a reliable timepiece that could display a second time-zone for the use of its pilots crossing different time-zones.

As a solution, the brand introduced a fourth hand whose pointer would make a full revolution each 24hours and will display the second time-zone on the rotating bezel. However, the rotating bezel featured a Bakelite insert that flaunted an upper blue part and a lower red part along with 24hour luminous numerals on them.

This unique blue-and-red bezel was immediately nicknamed as ‘Pepsi’ by collectors. Although the Pepsi Company at that time had upper red and lower blue colours, the name stuck and any Rolex GMT-Master with blue and red bezel insert was named as Pepsi.

The Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 126710 BLRO

The Case, Bracelet & Winding Crown

Rolex devised the Jubilee bracelet for the Datejust in 1945. However, the Rolex GMT-Master models with this bracelet option have been available since 1959. But the Jubilee bracelet in the GMT-Master II watches does not use the Oysterclasp folding clasp like in the Datejust. Instead, the bracelet has the Oysterlock folding clasp.

However, both the clasps provide Easylink extension piece that allows the bracelet to lengthen by 5mm. When it comes to craftsmanship and functionality, the quality of the clasp on the Jubilee bracelet goes closer to premium. When closed, the safety folding bar is hardly noticeable.

The winding crown is also easy to use. You have to just unscrew for winding the timepiece. In the first pulled-out position:

  • You can move the primary hour hand forward or backwards in an hour increment for setting a second time-zone,
  • The date will proceed in either direction accordingly.

Now, in the second position:

  • Users can adjust the minutes-hand along with the primary hour-hand and 24hour-hand.
  • The 24hour hand is primarily used for home time or all significant GMT, pilots while the hour hand shows local time.

The Rolex GMT-Master II watches are known for this specialised function meant for travellers. Moreover, the bezel can also be temporarily adjusted to display another time-zone.

The Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 126710 BLRO is crafted in the brand’s patent 904L Oystersteel and features a satin-finished 40mm diameter case with polished sides. However, the earlier GMT-Master Ref. 116719 BLRO in white gold was discontinued, and the Reference 116719 BLRO-002 replaced it.

Although the GMT-Master ref 116719 BLRO-002 flaunted the ‘Pepsi’ bezel, it had a dark blue dial instead of black. This reference retained the Calibre 3186; whereas the Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 126710 BLRO acquired a new movement.

The Colour & Patents

When introduced in 1955, the bezel of GMT-Master Pepsi was made up of Plexiglass. The red-blue colour, as well as the white track, was imprinted on the underside.

  • Rolex manufactured aluminium bezel with colours that was made utilising an anodising process, followed by the zirconium-oxide ceramic track.
  • However, the manufacturer came back to ceramic and added a rare earth oxide, chromium oxide and magnesium oxide, resulting in the red ceramic bezel.
  • On the other hand, half of the bezel is infused with a metallic salt solution before the sintering process to get the blue colour.
  • Finally, the bezel is sintered at 1,600 degrees Celsius for over 24hours that emanates the final colours.

The New Rolex Calibre 3285

Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 126710 BLRO ‘Pepsi’ is the first version to house the new patent Calibre 3285. Ten patents protect this newly developed movement, and today it offers a power reserve of 70hours. Moreover, the Calibre is fitted with the Chronergy escapement.

  • The Chronergy escapement is indeed a revived Swiss lever escapement. It is allegedly 15% more efficient than the conventional Swiss lever.
  • However, the escapement parts are known to be slimmer and thinner.
  • The pallet fork and pallet stones are lighter and smaller, respectively.
  • The escape wheel is skeletonised too.

While the design of all the components is refined for better performance, these reduce the escapement’s weight that eventually enables it to conserve much more energy. However, the new movement is equipped with the usual blue paramagnetic Parachrom hairspring along with Paraflex shock absorbers.

Moreover, the Calibre is certified by COSC along with the Rolex Chronometer Certification. The movement is synchronised to +2/-2seconds per day, and it is ideally the highest precision that any manufacturer can guarantee for mass-produced timepieces.

Rolex produced the new GMT-Master II Pepsi in minimal numbers since June 2018. However, some watches are resold via online auctions that cost nearly two times more than new. The fact is that demand surpasses supply in no small degree. While the brand made minimal changes and reintroduced new revised blue-and-red GMT-Master II, it became timeless with a classic look instead of simply vintage.

Where Can I Sell My Rolex?

Whether you are looking for ‘Where can I sell my Rolex watch, or ‘How to sell my Rolex GMT-Master II’, trustworthy watch buyers like at The Luxury Hut in London ensures to make the process of selling straightforward and convenient for you. Begin the process by filling up the online form, providing all details of your luxury watch as much as you can. You will receive an initial price quote shortly.

If you are satisfied with it, bring in or send your Rolex watch to get a final offer. Accept the offer and get paid with minutes. With professional watch buyers at The Luxury Hut, you can rest assured you will obtain the best price possible for your watch in the second hand market.

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The History of Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

 

Top 5 Most Popular Rolex Watch Models

September 10th, 2019
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Owned by the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation, Rolex is indeed a registered charity and eventually, is not obligated to bring out anything in the way of sales figures. Thus, it needs a substantial amount of educated guesswork to compile a list of the top most popular watches. However, the interesting fact is that:

The most well-known Rolex watches typically possess a few common things. While they are consistently stylish and sleek, Rolex watches are built to last for generations. Here is a list of some of the most popular Rolex timepieces that are not only desirable in the retail market but also sought-after in the pre-owned luxury watch market. Take a look!

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The Rolex Submariner

Ideally, the most popular and recognisable Rolex watch of all time is the Submariner. Introduced in 1953, the Rolex Submariner has been in a class and sphere of its own. The timepiece was initially devised keeping scuba divers in mind. Sporting the Rolex patent Oyster case, the Submariner indeed became the first timepiece to serve as a highly reliable tool watch, while remaining modish enough to suit any outfit and occasion.

However, while the earliest versions were water-resistant up to a depth of 330ft, the watches helped the divers in tracking their time underwater. The contemporary Rolex Submariner watches are waterproof to a depth of 1,000ft.

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The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past 20years or so, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that:

The Rolex Daytona has been the world’s most coveted and iconic model for two decades now. The watch was originally produced for racecar drivers and named after the famous Daytona Florida – one of the car racing capitals of the world.

While it bears a masculine, bold aesthetic and exclusive sporty look, Rolex Daytona is one of the most famous and desirable men’s Rolex watches. However, the watch flaunts a reliable, accurate tachymeter and chronograph scale that helps car racers in measuring their speed up to an extraordinary 400kph.

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The Rolex Datejust

The Rolex Datejust is among the most historical models that enjoyed one of the most extended production runs in the Rolex catalogue. Launched in 1945, the Rolex Datejust is the ever first watch to sport a self-winding and date complication. However, the watch comes with a proprietary Cyclops lens and available in a variety of finishes, metal colours and without or with diamonds.

The Rolex Datejust is equally popular among both men and women. Whether it is a vintage Rolex Datejust or a contemporary one, the Datejust can be a perfect everyday watch that can make you feel classy in any wardrobe.

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The Rolex GMT-Master

Introduced in 1954, the Rolex GMT-Master was made especially for the use of Pan American Airways’ pilots and navigators. The original watch model featured a 24hour display with fourth-hand complication. This allowed the users to set their timepiece to Greenwich Mean Time or another time-zone, followed by setting the 24hour bezel to the second time-zone.

Although the production of the original model persisted till the late 1990s, Rolex introduced the GMT-Master II in the early 1980s. The Rolex GMT-Master II watch looks virtually identical to the original. However, the difference lies in their technology. The technology in the new GMT-Master version is updated and includes a quickset hour hand that wearers can adjust to set the local time without stopping the minutes and seconds-hand.

Moreover, the rotatable bezel helps the users to speculate the third time-zone easily.

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The Rolex Yacht-Master

Rolex introduced the Yacht-Master in 1992 as a more lucrative alternative to the Rolex Submariner. The Rolex Yacht-Master was the first sports watch in Rolex collection to be available in three different sizes – 29mm, 35mm and 40mm. However, today’s Yacht-Master range includes a 37mm and 40mm version.

Both the Yacht-Master and Yacht-Master II are water-resistant and feature large hands along with legible numbers. The modern look and functionality of the models made them an instant favourite.

4 Rolex Watches to Consider This Valentine’s Day to express your Love in a Unique Way

February 12th, 2019
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February is here and Valentine’s Day is simply around the corner. Love is a beautiful adventure, and it deserves to be celebrated. While love is already in the air for some people, you may find it exhausting to find the perfect gift for your significant other. Although a small gesture is enough to express your eternal love, why not you go for a luxury present this year to convey your feelings?

This Valentine’s day, commemorate the season of love with The Luxury Hut and honour your loved one with a gift that she/he will truly cherish for a lifetime – a Rolex watch! To make the process simple, here we have assembled five beautiful Rolex watches that would make the perfect gifts for your beloved Valentine!

1.  Rolex Datejust

Ideally, Rolex Datejust watches are the brand’s most popular and versatile collection that comes with a plethora of dial materials, sizes, metals and colour combinations.

The Rolex Datejust 116233 flaunts the hallmarks of a classic Rolex watch with steel and yellow gold two-tone case and bracelet, yellow gold bezel along with gold Roman numerals and hands on an original Rolex white dial.

Learn more about the Rolex Datejust 116233.

 

However, white gold and diamonds are indeed a good choice for a ladies’ Rolex. This 28mm Rolex Ladies Datejust 279174 integrates the strength of stainless steel and sparkle of diamonds to be an exquisite and functional watch. The watch features the white gold serrated bezel that contrasts well with the original Rolex Dark Grey diamond dial and on the matching Jubilee bracelet.

2.  Rolex Submariner

Does your partner lean towards a more sporty style? If yes, then you cannot certainly go wrong with a bi-metal Rolex Submariner.

Rolex is well-known for its famous signature sports models, and the Submariner is the quintessential divers’ watch that possesses a history stretching back to 1950s. With 40mm steel case, gold & blue bezel on matching steel and gold oyster bracelet, and original blue Rolex dial, this Submariner Ref 16613 bears an outstanding masculine appeal that will never let you look out of place.

Learn more the Rolex Submariner 16613.

3.  Rolex GMT-Master II

Originally manufactured for aeroplane pilots, Rolex GMT-Master is one of the most coveted watches in the world. And, one of the most sought-after models of all time is the Rolex GMT-Master II 16710 with two-tone ceramic bezel in black and red.

Nicknamed as ‘COKE’, this watch features black stick dial with the larger luminous display, bi-directional rotating bezel in stainless steel, and Oyster bracelet. This 40mm steel case watch is also characterised by applied hour markers and a colourful GMT hand on the dial to match the red insert on the bezel.

Learn more about the Rolex GMT-Master II 16710

4.  Rolex Yacht-Master

It would ideally take a long time to find a watch more elegant and classic than the mid-size Rolex Yacht-Master R68628 in 18ct yellow gold. With a classic blue dial topped with luminescent hands, the watch creates a statement look that will mesmerise everyone in the room.

The yellow gold Oyster bracelet secured by Fold clasp is exquisitely accented with a yellow gold rotating bezel. Besides offering a stylish look, the Yacht-Master R68628 boasts a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, Quick-set movement and a 35mm stainless steel Oyster case that will flatter the wrists of both men and women. The watch comes with Original Wooden Rolex Box, Rolex warranty papers and more.

Learn more about the Rolex Yacht-Master R68628.

So, we ensure this Valentine’s Day will be the one that you and your significant other will cherish forever. Just make your Valentine’s dreams come true with a classic yet luxurious Rolex watch from The Luxury Hut. If you are still looking for the perfect gift for your lover, explore our extensive collection of Rolex watches that may serve as a unique token of your relentless love. Hurry up! Get your shopping done soon so that you can relish each other’s company utmost on that special day.

5 Reasons Why Watch Collectors Love Rolex

January 14th, 2019
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It is no secret that Rolex is ideally the most recognised and coveted luxury watch brand in the world. Since its inception, Rolex positioned itself as a watchmaker of reliable luxury watches that continue to appeal ardent watch collectors to date.

While some watch enthusiasts will know brands such as Omega, Breitling or IWC, but almost EVERYONE knows Rolex. For decades, Rolex watches have flaunted wrists of noteworthy individuals including the British racing motorist Sir Malcolm Campbell and also, Sir Winston Churchill.

With a distinctive design, high-end technology and precision, Rolex timepieces also tend to hold a resale value with time. Consequently, many people often decide to sell your Rolex watch in a hard-up situation to potential watch buyers in London or anywhere in the UK and raise the money they need.

Check out the five reasons why watch collectors love Rolex and indeed, tend to get pretty obsessed.

1.    Rolex has everything a luxury watch needs

Rolex watches have everything you need in a luxury watch. Of course, it tells the time! But the timepieces are the beautiful creations that combine updated technology and precious elements to maintain accuracy and look gaudy at the same time.

Another significant reason to love the brand is that Rolex excludes unusual complications. For example, the timepieces typically have no tourbillons, minute repeaters, power reserve indicator or not even, alarm function.

The fact is that the brand focuses on what it does the best, and refines the movement, the case and other details in progress. You will hardly find a rotating bezel that ratchets as smooth and clean as the one on the Rolex GMT-Master II or Rolex Submariner.

2.    Rolex watches are purpose-built

Rolex created many classic watch models for specific, functional purposes. And, watch lovers, especially vintage Rolex collectors love this notion. For example:

The brand manufactured the Rolex GMT-Master for Pan-Am’s pilots who were encountering a new phenomenon known as jet-lag. The pilots wanted a timepiece that could exhibit time of two time-zones at once. Similarly, the Rolex Submariner was created especially for divers.

3.    The Subtle Differences

The appeal of Rolexes resides in the varying bezels, crown guards, dials and other features. And, these subtle modulations allure the Rolex aficionados. More significantly, the nuances like an ‘exclamation’ dial, a ‘Bart Simpson’ dial or an ‘underline’ dial can boost the value as well as the collectability of a Rolex watch.

4.    Rolexes are tough and robust

With specifically mountain climbers in mind, the brand created the Rolex Explorer, for example, to be exceptionally tough and rugged. Special lubricants were used in the movement that could combat extreme temperature changes between day and night.

An Oyster Perpetual chronometer reference 6084 is one of the immediate forebears of Explorer that accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay during their expedition in 1953 to the peak of Mount Everest. Today, the watch is yet in working condition at the Beyer Watch and Clock Museum, Zurich.

5.    Rolex watches hold their value

Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex, set out to prove that wrist watches could withstand the extremes of human activities. And, the enduring quest and passion for perfection by Wilsdorf has prevailed till date. The brand claims that each Rolex watch takes one year to manufacture and more significantly, undergoes rigorous tests at the COSC (Official Swiss Control of Chronometer) before they are launched.

Thus, all Rolex watches hold intrinsic value and indeed, the prices typically increase with time. Many potential Rolex buyers in London or anywhere in the UK often also promise to pay the highest price for pre-owned Rolex watches that are in good working condition. However, there are exceptions.

For example, the value of sport watch models like Rolex Daytona, Rolex Explorer and Rolex Submariner typically tend to increase faster and steadier in comparison to other prevailing classic Rolex timepieces.

Want to sell your Rolex watch in London?

For those who are looking for “Where can I sell my Rolex watch“, get in touch with the most trustworthy Rolex watch buyers in London like at The Luxury Hut.

We, at The Luxury Hut, provide our customers with a simple, secure and straightforward way to sell Rolex watches, be it is online or via appointment. Begin the process by filling up our online form (providing all the details of your Rolex watch as much as you can) and receive a professional valuation right away.

Alternatively, you can also call us on 0207 242 5411 to arrange an appointment and visit us at our office in Hatton Garden, London with your luxury watch. Whether it is a Rolex Datejust, Rolex Submariner or any Rolex model, you are likely to acquire a fair and competitive market price when selling your Rolex watch to professional watch buyers at The Luxury Hut.

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