What’s in store from Rolex at Baselworld 2019?
When it comes to highly anticipated watches, we love a good rumour. And if the latest whispers are anything to go by, Baselworld 2019 could be showcasing some very desirable watches from Rolex.
Here at Luxe Watches, our reliable source has told us that a new white gold version of the Rolex GMT-Master II ‘Coke’ is certainly on the cards. This offering, ref 126719RONR, could perhaps replace the black and blue cerachrom bezel- known as Batman due to its dark profile and similar hues to Gotham’s superhero from DC Comics. This model is said to be phasing out – leaving a space for this highly anticipated ‘Coke’ model.
The new model would be incredibly similar to a Pepsi model released last year but with an oyster bracelet and iconic Coke bezel. Judging by the vintage air the brand is showing at the moment, we’d say this little number is a distinct possibility at this year’s most influential show for watches, jewellery and precious stones, running from March 21 – 26.
GMT-Master and GMT-Master II watches
The GMT-Master and following GMT-Master II watches are some of the most iconic Rolex timepieces. They were first created for pilots to help them keep track of two time zones during the 1950s. One of the most distinctive features of these models were the two-tone bezels, which are still popular today.
The iconic Coke bezel
Over the years Rolex have acquired nicknames that have become as widely accepted as their actual reference numbers.
Rolex GMT-Master and GMT-Master II watches with red and blue bezels are often referred to as ‘Pepsi’ by collectors. In the same way, those with black and red bezels are referred to as Coke or Coca Cola.
Although Coca Cola as a brand only use red and white, the overall colour profile is said to be like a full bottle of Coca-Cola, with its bright red and white label contrasting against the dark bubbly liquid inside.
An updated Rolex Submariner
We predict it’s about time for a new Rolex Submariner – perhaps with more up-to-date 72-hour power reserve. Tudor is set to release its version and the brands often release together.
And these days, with women wearing bigger sporty watches as opposed to dainty dress ones, we’d love to see this beauty this year.
We’d expect a new release to be equipped with the new calibre 3235 movement. This long-awaited Rolex Submariner in Everose gold would receive a warm welcome at Baselworld.
There have only ever been men’s sizes offered since its introduction in 1953 but there are many followers of the brand who’d love to see a smaller dial of around 36mm.
Those avid followers of Rolex on social media will have clocked their latest marketing drive, with all fingers pointing at the beautiful Rolex Milgauss. Often overlooked as a sports watch, but the timepiece is popular with ‘science professionals’ as it can withstand magnetic fields of up to 1,000 gauss, hence the name.
Today’s version looks incredibly changed from the debut in 1956 but with a growing love of vintage styles, Baselworld could be set for an updated ‘blast from the past’ next month.