The world’s biggest watch exhibition may have closed its doors for another year, but at One To Watch we’re still talking about the biggest surprise of this year’s event – the dual release of new GMT models from both Rolex and its sister company Tudor. So, we asked David Duggan for his thoughts on why the GMT continues to make waves and what he makes of these new offerings.
Rolex is known for making watches that appeal to specific audiences and the original GMT Master was no different. Featuring an extra hour hand and a 24-hour rotating bezel this timepiece was developed for Pan Am pilots after the American airline company asked for a watch that could tell the time in more than one time zone. The first model was released in 1954 and became an instant hit with pilots and travellers alike. More than half a century later it remains a firm favourite in the horological community, thanks to a combination of beautiful aesthetics and utter practicality.
Rolex actually released three new references at Baselworld 2018: the GMT-Master II 126710 BLRO in stainless steel with the Pepsi bezel and a jubilee bracelet not seen on the model since its original debut; the 126711 CHNR in stainless steel and Rolex’s custom 18-carat Everose gold with a black and brown bezel; and the 126715 CHNR, in full 18-carat Everose gold.
Each reference also features the new 3285 calibre Rolex movement. The self-winding new calibre both improves accuracy and extends the power reserve life to 70 hours compared to a previous 48. It also features Rolex’s Chronergy escapement, improving efficiency. There’s also the date cyclops for legibility, is waterproof to 100m and features the Easylink 5mm bracelet adjuster for those days when it just doesn’t fit quite right.
Where the three models differ, though, is in their look. The GMT-Master II 126710 BLRO features one of Rolex’s most iconic features – the red and blue Pepsi bezel – and is an absolute stunner in my opinion. Meanwhile, the 126711 CHNR and 126715 CHNR feature a brand new black and brown bezel, giving the watch a vintage feel. I must admit, I’m not usually a fan of the steel and gold combination, but these are quite tempting.
First are four watches that are inspired by a watch first released in 1968, powered with a hi-beat movement and capable of 300 meters depth.A lot of people are loving this green dialed and bezeled variation of the 1968 classic. The SLA019 is a limited edition of 1,968 pieces, and while it’s definitely still a high end Seiko diver, it’ll be available for less than the SLA025 above. Seiko’s recommended retail price is 3,200 Euro.
After the raging success of Seiko’s 62MAS reissue last year (resulting in the SPB051/053) Seiko has decided to continue the trend of modernizing and re-releasing classic divers this year.
Just announced at this years major watch fair in Basel, Switzerland are six new Prospex dive watches that are recreations/variations of a couple of classic Seiko divers.
Rory McIlroy has been an Ambassador for Omega the last few years. He wears the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Golf. This unique piece was inspired by the greens, transferring the green color onto the Seamaster name, minute track and central seconds hand. The watch features the Co-Axial calibre 8500 which is anti-magnetic up to 15,000 Gauss. In 2017, Omega released a new version of the Aqua Terra Golf, featuring orange accents and a black and orange striped NATO strap.Rickie Fowler Another golfer with eclectic style on the golf course, he is also known for his collection of Rolex watches. He has been sponsored by Rolex for a few years and has quite the collection.
Rounding out the official world ranking top 10 is Sergio Garcia. Between 200 and 2009, Garcia spent over 300 weeks in the top 10 rankings. Even with being a strong player and winning the Omega Dubai Desert Classic 2017, Garcia has yet to win a Major title, that is – until he took home the green jacket at the Masters in 2017.
He did however, win when he became a brand ambassador for Omega. He can be seen wearing a “Black Black” Dark Side of The Moon. Most recently, with his Dubai win, he is now the proud owner of a Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m with rose gold case and brown leather strap which he won alongside the trophy and winner’s check.Update: Congratulations to Sergio Garcia on his first Major win in 2017! He first played Augusta in 1999 as an amateur and finally took home the Green Jacket after a playoff round against Justin Rose. Garcia was spotted wearing a blue Seamaster Professional GMT from Omega as he put on his new jacket.Since the big win in 2017, Garcia has been seen wearing the green Seamaster Aqua Terra “Golf” more frequently – the green matches perfectly with his jacket!
On the off chance that you’ll permit me to wax a bit, we discuss vintage observes today for the most part from the viewpoint of what they look like – well, today. Without a doubt, we talk about how the watch came into generation, any specialized developments and why it was made. What we regularly miss, in light of the fact that the data once in a while exists, are the firsthand discernments that existed replica watches around a brand or model amid its real generation date. In the event that I had a time machine, beside purchasing everything (and obviously modifying the time-space continuum), I’d affection to perceive how certain brands were advertised, how they contrasted with others, and so forth., and so forth. While it’s reasonable a gross exaggeration, a percentage of the watches we really grovel over may have been seen as what might as well be called today’s Michael Kors pieces! Thus, yes, I get amped up for conversing with individuals about the past and why they picked certain watches
It was just for recreational plunging, yet not all simple bounce in and go. I did numerous strenuous jumps from rocks and magma streams in changing tide and surf conditions and as profound as 165 feet, max on compacted air. This watch with its size was anything but difficult to peruse in all conditions and the ergonomic bezel fast to set. They (Replica Seiko Watches ) considered everything to make it confront the rigors of substantial use, bore witness to by the execution today, after 40 years, despite the fact that it invests a great deal of energy in my work area drawer. I’ll presumably never part with it… recollections, you know.
Today’s short record, however, is truly around a peruser who posed a few questions on where to fake watches administration a Seiko symbol, the 6159-7019 unique ” Grandfather Tuna”. We had an any longer audit on this watch not long ago, yet felt you’d like to see pictures and hear the tale of a unique proprietor piece.