Our Watches: The Rolex 126710BLRO Review

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Jacky Chou

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After reading our Rolex 126710BLRO review, we hope that you better understand this watch and can see why it is so popular. The Rolex Pepsi GMT is a worthy addition to any collection, and some may even argue that it is a worthy addition to a single watch collection.

Rolex 126710BLRO Review

Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO Pepsi
  • Featuring a Silver-tone Band, Silver-tone Case, Scratch Resistant...

When the Rolex GMT-Master II "Pepsi 126710BLRO watch was first unveiled in 2018, it quickly became a favorite among Rolex watch collectors. It features an improved mechanism, ceramic bezel, and jubilee bracelet. With a colored bezel in the same colors as Pepsi's iconic soda brand, it's a revival of the popular classic that initially debuted in the 1950s.

The blue and red bezel had two functions. First, it not only has a stunning color scheme that stands out against the wrist, but it also has a 24-hour scale on its surface, allowing a second-time zone to be tracked alongside the hours and minutes on the main dial.

These two contrasting colors were originally meant to distinguish day from night on that 24-hour scale. Furthermore, to represent the colors of Pan American Airways, for whom the watch was built on request.

The 126710BLRO is a 40mm stainless steel watch with a sapphire crystal glass front and a cyclops lens over the date function. The watch has a black dial with luminous accents and an automatic movement housed in a 100-meter water-resistant case with a screw-down Triplock crown and a completely threaded case back.

The Jubilee bracelet made of 904L stainless steel secures tightly around the wrist with a safety folding clasp and an extension piece. The rotating bezel enables the wearer to easily and effectively set the watch to GMT by rotating the 24-hour scale on the bezel to set the offset and read a second-time zone.

The GMT-Master II Pepsi 126710BLRO watch, which can calculate a third-time zone, is a practical, comfortable, and functional modern-day travel watch.

Features of the Rolex 126710BLRO

1. The Case

The Rolex GMT 126710BLRO watch is versatile enough to be worn with almost everything, and it is this versatility that has ensured its success as an everyday companion. The 40mm stainless steel case with an easy-to-use winding crown.

You can unscrew to wind the watch, then return it to the initial position to modify the second time zone by sliding the primary hand back and forth in one-hour increments.

You can adjust the minutes by pulling the crown out to the second position, together with the primary hour hand and 24-hour hand. The watch's red and blue bezel, which rachets in hourly increments, can also be adjusted.

Rolex had to combine chromium oxide, magnesium oxide, and a rare earth oxide to obtain the watch's Cerachrom bezel's stunning red color. PVD technique is used in coating the entire ring with platinum to ensure the numerals remain clear and easy to see for years to come. The precious metal is then polished away, leaving only the recessed numerals and dots.

The Rolex GMT-Master II 126710 watch features a 100-meter water-resistant body and a flat piece of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass with an anti-reflective coating. In addition, this sapphire crystal pane features a cyclops lens that enlarges the numerals of the date aperture beneath it for better legibility.

2. The Rolex 3285 Movement

The Caliber 3285 was first introduced in the 126710. The Calibre 3186 was superseded by this movement, which has a 70-hour power reserve thanks to its big barrel. In addition, it has a revised Chronergy escapement, which Rolex claims increases efficiency by 15%.

Its accuracy of -2/+2 seconds per day, exceeding COSC-certified specifications, is regulated to Superlative Chronometer standards. In addition, it has a paramagnetic oscillator that vibrates 28,800 times per hour. The Rolex Calibre 3186's key advantage is its improved 70-hour power reserve compared to the 48-hour power reserve of preceding calibers from the 31xx series.

Also improved and optimized are the pallet fork and escape wheel. In addition, the movement is decorated with sunburst and hand-applied engravings. Finally, a minor detail can distinguish it on the watch dial – the "Swiss Made" wording, which appears at the dial's edge.

3. The Dial

Every dial of the GMT-Master II collection, like all Rolex watches, is designed to be extremely legible. The ref 126710BLRO model's dial has a striking appearance. An hour track of rectangular, round, and triangular hour markers is displayed on a black background.

A luminous material coats the central cathedral-shaped hour hand and the minute hand with a lollipop-styled second hand and a fourth hand - the GMT hand with a crimson covering and aluminous triangular tip.

4. The Bracelet

This GMT-Master II Pepsi is equipped with a stainless steel Jubilee bracelet. In addition, it has an Oysterlock folding clasp instead of the Oysterclasp and an EasyLink Extension system that lengthens the bracelet in 5mm increments. This allows the wrist to expand and contract in response to temperature changes or increased activity without using a tool.

5. The GMT

The GMT Master has minute and seconds hands, a triangle-tipped 24-hour hand, and a bidirectional rotatable Pepsi bezel with a 24-hour graded Cerachrom insert. It displays two time zones simultaneously: the local time and the reference time, or the local time and the time of an alternate time zone.

6. Pricing and Availability

The Rolex GMT Master II Pepsi 126710BLRO has a retail price of $10,750. The pre-owned market for this watch ranges from $18,000 to $21,000. The Rolex Pepsi GMT is nearly impossible to find at an authorized dealer. However, supply is plentiful on the pre-owned market but at exorbitant costs. If purchased new, the Rolex GMT Master II is an excellent investment.

Rolex Watches That Are Relatively Simple to Purchase

1. Rolex Explorer

The Rolex Explorer is a less controversial and widely accepted watch. Do not be confused with the Explorer II, which has a GMT hand and a 24-hour bezel. The original Rolex Explorer is a well-balanced and attractive sports watch.

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The watch has a three-hand time-telling design that is instantly recognizable. In addition, the watch has a 39mm case diameter and is powered by an automated movement.

2. Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 Automatic Chronometer Blue Dial Watch 126000BLSO
  • Featuring a 1 Band, Case, Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal

Rolex introduced the Oyster Perpetual as an entry-level watch for men. The timepiece has a classic Rolex design that represents the brand's history in its purest form. The Oyster Perpetual comes in different sizes, and Rolex expanded the selection this year with a new 41mm model and a rainbow of colors.

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The 36mm Oyster Perpetual, on the other hand, can be a classic wristwatch for many. This watch is not only inexpensive, but it is also quite fashionable. Moreover, the clock is water-resistant to a depth of 100 meters, despite its formal appearance.

When you think of aviation-themed timepieces, the Rolex GMT-Master II comes to mind first, followed by the Rolex Sky-Dweller. Finally, the Rolex Air-King is another aviation-themed timepiece worth considering.

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The Air-King features a black dial with large Arabic numeral hour markers that readily identify the design. Contemporary models have a more youthful and polarising design.

Another noteworthy feature is that the Air-King does not now have a modern automated movement. While the watch is less well-known than others in the Rolex lineup, it can reveal a lot about the person who purchases a Rolex Air-King.

How to Care for Your Rolex Pepsi

1. Regularly Service Your Rolex Pepsi Luxury Watch

Rolex Pepsi premium watches are intricate devices that require your attention and maintenance to function properly. If you've had this watch for more than ten years, we recommend having it serviced every two to three years because the friction within the watch will wear it down over time.

It might mean the difference between a fast touch-up and a full Rolex restoration with replacement parts if you wait five years or more after that point.

2. Keep Your Rolex Pepsi Watch Moving

Wear it rather than letting your Rolex Pepsi luxury watch collect dust on your shelf. So, like a car that performs better when driven, the Rolex Pepsi was designed to be driven. Furthermore, if it sits for too long, the oils will dry out, and the movements will become stiff.

If any moisture gets in over the years, rust will form and might destroy some of the watch's critical components. In case you have to store your watch, make sure it is kept in a temperature and humidity-regulated environment.

Hot, dry, cold, and wet environments can harm the Rolex Pepsi luxury watch. Another no-no is direct sunshine. Although a top-quality watch winder can serve as a safe storage or display case for your watch if used for at least 5-8 hours every day, moderation is ideal.

3. Think About Rolex Restoration

Having your Rolex Pepsi premium watch restored is a challenging option largely influenced by your preferences. However, the bracelet and the case can be polished when you get your Rolex watch overhauled.

Furthermore, remember that refinishing a watch can wear away part of the precious metal. For authenticity, some people swear by sticking to their factory Rolex finish. It all comes down to personal preference, which is entirely up to the owners.

4. Be Careful When Wearing a Rolex Pepsi Luxury Watch

Rolex Pepsi luxury watches are built of high-quality stainless steel, gold, and platinum, and most feature scratch-resistant sapphire crystals, but it doesn't make them indestructible. Remember that if you catch the watch at the proper angle at the appropriate time, even a minor bump can cause harm.

5. Never Underestimate the Rolex Pepsi Water Resistance

Water is extremely damaging to the inside of your Rolex Pepsi watch. If you get water inside your watch, place it in a bag of rice. If you don't have any, put it on your wrist. Your body heat will help evaporate the water and keep it away from the complicated gears of your watch movement.

If you're about to enter a damp location, make sure the crown of your Rolex Pepsi is tightened; otherwise, your watch will not be water-resistant. If you want your Rolex Pepsi watch to retain its worth, you must take proper care of it.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

1. Is the Pepsi GMT Worth the Wait?

The Rolex Pepsi GMT is well worth the wait for two reasons. The first is because of the cost. The Rolex GMT Master II Pepsi fetches twice the retail price on the used market. So any buyer's time spent waiting to acquire it at retail is well worth it.

The Pepsi GMT is one of the best watches on the market, which is the second reason why it's worth waiting for. This watch is long-lasting, attractive, practical, comfortable, and dependable. The Rolex Pepsi GMT would be an excellent choice if you only had one watch.

2. How Long will I Wait to Get A Rolex GMT Master II Pepsi?

The Rolex GMT Master II Pepsi queue varies depending on the customer. Therefore, your current history and relationship with your Rolex authorized dealer are vital. Purchasers with a better relationship and a larger purchase history will wait less than buyers who do not have a relationship and have a limited or non-existent buying history.

Because the Pepsi GMT is created in such small amounts, history and relationships are important. Unfortunately, when the demand for this watch is combined with the restricted supply, long waitlists and inflated pre-owned prices result.

Few Rolex GMT Master II Pepsi watches are delivered to authorized Rolex dealers. The Pepsi GMT backlog can last from a few weeks to several years, and some buyers may not even be admitted.

3. Tudor Black Bay GMT Pepsi vs. Rolex GMT Master II Pepsi

Tudor, the sister company to Rolex, released their own Pepsi GMT watch a few years ago. The Tudor GMT was a huge hit, with a long waiting list. After a few years, demand has fallen a little but remains high.

The Tudor cannot compete with the Rolex GMT Master II Pepsi despite its high quality, considering the movement, dial, hour indication, bracelet, clasp, and overall value.

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Jacky Chou

Jacky Chou is the co-founder of Uberwrists and has gotten into watches from his father from a young age. His first watch was a black G Shock that was comedically large for his wrist. He appreciates watches from Seiko to a Patek Philippe.

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