March 21, 2018
by David Bredan
At BaselWorld 2018 Rolex introduced the Rolex GMT-Master II ‘Root Beer’ in Rolesor two-tone and in all Everose gold. This brings back the brown-theme to the GMT-Master II collection, this time paired with Rolex’s proprietary 18kt rose gold alloy that actually matches it amazingly well, as well as a new-generation movement. There is a considerable difference between the Rolesor and the all-gold versions both in terms of looks, style, and price.
Model: GMT–Master II Root Beer 126711CHNR (Rolesor) and 126715CHNR (all Everose gold)
Lug Width: 20mm
Case Material: Rolesor two-tone combination of Everose gold and Oystersteel, or solid Everose gold
Crystal/Lens: Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, Cyclops lens over the date
Movement: 3285 Manufacture Rolex
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Strap/Bracelet: Oyster bracelet with Oysterlock safety clasp and Easylink 5mm comfort extension
Price & Availability: 13,400 CHF for Rolesor and 35,000 CHF for the all-Everose gold model
While there certainly are fans of the vintage GMT-Master “Root Beer” around, these new models I believe will require interested Rolex customers seeing them hands-on in the boutiques. We saw them live already (hands-on coming up soon) and they do look different than in images. As with all rose gold watches (Rolex’s Everose models included) the way the red-pink colored gold works with one’s skin will be a defining factor for how the watch actually looks and wears. The new generation movement is a welcome development, now with a 70-hour power reserve and a host of 10 patented solutions. Details to come in the hands-on article very soon.
The Pepsi (details here) is perhaps stealing the show a bit, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Root Beer be a strong option for many – especially since it is still competitively priced in two-tone and, as Rolesor models in general, is likely to be more readily available than the Pepsi. Price for Rolex GMT-Master II Root Beer is 13,400 CHF for Rolesor and 35,000 CHF for the all-Everose gold model.
Stay tuned for our hands-on article coming very, very soon and check our YouTube channel for a hands-on look at all Rolex BaselWorld 2018 novelties. rolex.com