Rolex Watches - GMT-Master II Gold
The famed Genevese watchmaker, Rolex, has released a new version of its iconic model which first appeared in 1955 and with an original red and blue color scheme popularly referred to as “Pepsi” bezel because of its similarity to the logo of the soda manufacturer. New Rolex Perpetual GMT-Master II model was originally made for pilots and that is why it has appropriate functions for them, namely the presence of the second time zone presented in a 24-hour format. There is also an option of telling the time in the third zone by rotating the bezel. However, none of these functions are much unusual or special. The importance and exclusivity of Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II timepiece lays exactly in the arrangement of bright colors on its bezel, especially when you consider the material that it is crafted in. This is the world’s first piece that includes red color on the bezel made of extremely resilient ceramic. The newcomer will come strictly in a white gold casing and will be sold at the price of $41, 475.
Flying Origin and the Color Scheme that Made It an Icon
Originally, Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master timepiecewhich became the official timepiece of the Pan Am pilots, was designed in order to facilitate flight between different time zones as the age of intercontinental flight reached its boom. To avoid any confusion, Rolex equipped its timepiece an additional GMT hand and a dual colored bezel which would clearly show whether it is night or day in that time zone. Except being very readable in that manner, the new color scheme with the bezel being divided into red and blue halves looked pretty neat and became very sought after. In those days, the best way to create a bi-colored bezel included a transparent Plexiglas section that revealed painted surfaces underneath it.
Some five years after the creation of the first model, the brand mastered a new technique which allowed it to make a dual colored bezel of anodized aluminum. New color schemes followed one of the examples of the new color arrangement that was seen on the first Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II watch from 1982. The second generation of the watch abandoned a fixed GMT hand and offered the wearer an option to set it to time zone of its preference. This way, the pilot’s timekeeper got the third time zone which could be read in the combination with the movable bezel. Despite the addition of new colors, the original red and blue scheme still remained a crowd favorite and the best liked when compared to all of the following iterations.