Like just about every year, Rolex made major headlines at Baselworld 2018 by releasing a slew of stunning new watches. The highlights of this edition of the fair, however, was undoubtedly the trio of new GMT-Master II watches. While the new steel GMT-Master II Pepsi on a Jubilee bracelet was the talk of the town, we couldn’t help but fall in love with the new full Everose GMT-Master II too. Somewhat reminiscent of the vintage yellow gold GMT-Master “Root Beer” watches of yesteryear, this is the first time Rolex offers their famous pilot watch in rose gold. Let’s get hands-on with the new Everose Rolex GMT-Master II 126715CHNR.
A GMT-Master II in Everose Gold
As you may be aware, Everose is Rolex’s patented rose gold alloy. Introduced in 2005, Everose gold is a proprietary blend of metals made in the brand’s own foundry. Everose includes some platinum mixed in with gold and copper to ensure the watch never loses its warm rose color and appealing luster over time.
Given that GMT-Master watches were built in the 1950s as tool watches for commercial airline pilots, they were originally available in stainless steel. However, it wasn’t long until Rolex began offering more precious versions of the GMT-Master watch. Rolex has made yellow gold, two-tone gold and steel, white gold, and even full gem-set GMT-Master watches. However, this year is the first time Rolex makes the GMT-Master II in Everose gold–and it looks incredible.
Rolex GMT-Master II 126715CHNR
Identical to all modern GMT-Master II watches, the GMT-Master II 126715CHNR sports a 40mm Oyster case. Furthermore, on top of the 18k Everose gold case is the familiar Cerachrom ceramic bezel. However, also a first for Rolex, the ceramic bezel is fashioned in a two-tone black and brown color scheme.
Naturally, to match the case and bracelet, the 24 numerals on the bezel are also in Everose gold–as are the details on the black dial. From the round lume plots to the center luminescent Mercedes-style hands to the extra 24-hour arrow-tipped hand, most of the details on the dial are accented with 18k Everose gold. Also on the dial is, of course, the characteristic date window at 3 o’clock sitting under the Cyclops magnification lens on the sapphire crystal.
Unlike the new steel GMT-Master II Pepsi ref. 126710BLRO with the Jubilee bracelet, the GMT-Master II 126715CHNR comes with the sporty Oyster bracelet. Fashioned entirely in Everose gold, the GMT-Master II 126715CHNR’s Oyster bracelet comes with the sturdy folding Oysterlock safety clasp and the practical Easylink 5 mm extension system for those days when you want a looser band fit.
Rolex Caliber 3285 Automatic Movement
Along with the snazzy new styles of the latest GMT-Master II watches, all three models boast the new Rolex Cal. 3285 automatic movement too. Operating at a frequency rate of 28,800 beats per hour and providing 70 hours of power reserve as well as an accuracy rating of -2/+2 hours per day, the Cal. 3285 is Rolex’s best GMT movement to date.
The GMT-Master II collection has some of the most practical sports watches available in the Rolex lineup. In addition to the local time and date, these timepieces allow the wearer to read the time in another time zone via the 24-hour hand pointing to the 24-hour marked bezel. What’s more, turning the bezel in either direction can tell the user the time in another city. That’s a total of three different time zone indicators. The appeal of the GMT-Master II watch for a globetrotter is undeniable–particularly when it comes in the form of the stylish full Everose gold GMT-Master II ref. 126715CHNR.
Released just a few months ago, Rolex is starting this summer to roll out the GMT-Master II ref. 126715CHNR around the world. In fact, we’ve already spotted it on the wrists of some celebs like Mark Wahlberg and Nicky Jam. So if you want to wear one of the hottest luxury watches of the year, then don’t miss the new Everose Rolex GMT-Master II.