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Even the most casual observer could not help but have noticed that the big news from Basel this year was GMT. It was Explorer Rolex Replica flagship novelty and it had been a long-anticipated addition to the horological Goliath's sports line. The ceramic Pepsi bezel first debuted a number of years ago on a white-gold watch. But Rolex fans have a special place reserved in their hearts for the steel sports watches and the GMT in steel didn't disappoint. The GMT-Master II (to give it its full title) range was actually extended by three pieces this year. The steel (although it's not just any steel it's now Oystersteel), Everose gold and Rolesor two-tone steel and Everose. However,a the steel version, ref. 126710BLRO, was the one that people wanted to see. I have always loved the GMT-Master on a Jubilee bracelet and so it was a delight to see that Rolex chose this combination for the new watch. And like all steel sports watches, there will certainly be a long waiting list at all authorised dealers.
Rumours had been circulating about the Rolex GMT-Master, but the Tudor was a huge surprise. I have seen, on numerous occasions, the comment that this is the first GMT complication from Tudor, but it actually isn't. During the time that Tudor was absent from the UK and US markets, it had a watch in its catalog called the Aeronaut. It had a GMT function that wasn't executed with a Pepsi bezel, but rather an all-steel version.
The Black Bay GMT, though, is blessed with the Pepsi bezel and it looks very cool. The all-red 24-hour hand utilises the snowflake seconds hand shape, but the overall look is very familiar. The first surprise for many was the use of the GMT text on the dial. Whilst it is a generic term for dual-timezone timepieces, it is very closely linked to the Rolex watches. But it was a joint launch campaign and this leads to the second surprise.
The Tudor press launch very much referenced the launch of the Rolex GMT-Master in 1954 and there was a real focus on the fact that both brands were celebrating the 64-year anniversary by launching their own GMT watches with complementary aesthetics. The Tudor has a more obvious vintage vibe around it, in line with its place in the Heritage collection. An aluminium insert in a steel bezel gives the watch more in common with vintage pieces, too, as does the riveted bracelet and lug bevels. Where the ceramic bezel on the Rolex is vibrant and fresh, the Tudor looks more subdued and mellow. Different watches, but with the same DNA true brothers.
The GMT-Master saga began, as I mentioned above, in 1954 when Rolex unveiled the ref. 6542. The watch was housed in the classic Oyster case, which was 38mm in diameter and had a 6mm screw-down winding crown. This was one of the first sports watches from Rolex and construction-wise, it set the standard for the foreseeable future.
As with the present-day watches, the 6542 case was essentially of three-piece design. The mid case is what held the movement and dial, onto which a bezel ring was pressed to keep the acrylic crystal in place. The third piece of the case was the screw-on case back. This system, combined with the screw-down winding crown, is what made the Oyster case waterproof and able to withstand more than a slight splash it was guaranteed down to an underwater depth of 100m.
The watch had two innovations that were big news at the time, but are aspects we take for granted in the modern era. The first and less obvious was the date magnifying bubble, or to use Rolex terminology, the cyclops. This was a new feature introduced the year before (1953) on the Datejust line. The second was, of course, the dual-timezone complication.