It’s become common practice for Rolex to steal the show at each edition of Baselworld with their watch releases. And this year’s event was no different. The minute pictures of the brand new stainless steel GMT-Master II “Pepsi” ref. 126710BLRO began showing up on Instagram back in March, you could almost hear the roars of excitement coming from all corners of the globe. Here it was, a brand new Rolex GMT-Master II in steel with the iconic blue and red bezel in ceramic. The stuff Rolex sports watch dreams are made of.
The new Rolex GMT-Master II Pepsi
Wait, why did Rolex go with a Jubilee bracelet?
Almost as fast as the gleeful comments came pouring in applauding the Rolex novelty, another camp of commentators began growing and contesting. Looking beyond the Pepsi bezel, the new GMT-Master II revealed another surprise—a steel Jubilee bracelet.
Yes, Rolex has already fitted the GMT-Master with a Jubilee bracelet in the past, but that was over a decade ago. Surely, this time the Jubilee bracelet was just an option on the GMT-Master II 126710BLRO alongside the sportier Oyster bracelet. Particularly since these days all modern Rolex sports watches come equipped with either a metal Oyster bracelet or a rubber Oysterflex strap, while the Jubilee is reserved for select Datejust watches and women’s Rolex watches.
This isn’t the first GMT to feature a Jubilee bracelet
It was almost as if Rolex anticipated some protests to the bracelet choice because it was soon revealed that due to the slight redesign of the 126710BLRO case, it would not be possible to switch out the Jubilee bracelet for an Oyster bracelet. After all, there needs to be an obvious way to differentiate between the white gold GMT-Master II “Pepsi” and the less costly steel GMT-Master II version.
The GMT-Master II 126710BLRO On An Oyster Bracelet
But just like Rolex is going to do whatever it wants to do, some rebellious Rolex enthusiasts are going to want to customize their Rolex watches to suit their own personal tastes.
Rolex GMT-Master II 126710 with an oyster bracelet
Take @gmtandsubs for example who posted a picture last week on Instagram wearing his GMT-Master II 126710BLRO on a steel Oyster bracelet to the delight of many of his followers. According to his comments, he took the steel Oyster bracelet from his GMT-Master II “Batman” and combined it with the spring bars from the Jubilee bracelet of his GMT-Master II “Pepsi.” Using this method, he successfully attached the Oyster bracelet from his ref. 116710BLNR to his ref. 126710BLRO.
Now we don’t necessarily condone doing this, especially if you don’t know how to change the bracelets on a Rolex watch. We wouldn’t want you to scratch up or damage either of these GMT-Master II beauties. However, it’s satisfying to know that this option is out there should you wish to take the chance.