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What We’re Wishing For in 2016

It seems that journalistic literature this time of year is filled with two things – retrospectives and resolutions. What happened during last year, and what we’re promising to do in the next year.

And don’t get me wrong, looking back is fun. And certainly this past year was an interesting one in the watch world. Auction records were set and social media scandals erupted (remember the Omega Master Chronometer Globemaster and the Patek Philippe ref. 5524G Calatrava Pilot Travel Time?).

And really, we’re in no position to make New Year’s resolutions, other than to try and keep things interesting here in the Everest Journal.

But what we can do is discuss what we might like to see from the brands in 2016.

A few years ago, I thought Rolex should have come up with an updated Paul Newman for the Daytona’s 50th anniversary. Sadly, that ship sailed and I don’t know how much sense a watch like that makes at this point. Still, a panda or reverse panda Daytona in steel would be one cool watch.

And while we’re on the subject of steel, how about finally making the new Pepsi GMT-Master II in steel? The black and blue bezeled version (which you know as the BLNR, or ‘Batman’) is steel, so how about it, Rolex? And while you’re at it, how about a Coke bezel too?

GMT-Master II - Will we see the Pepsi in steel?

But you know what? I’ve been wishing for those things for a few years. Patience may reward me – especially on the steel Pepsi GMT. As for what else to wish for in 2016? Well, I don’t want to sound greedy, so how about stumbling on an estate sale and finding a nice, lightly worn Explorer or Sea-Dweller (it happened to a buddy of mine last year)? Or maybe a Day-Date ref. 1803.

On the other hand, wishing without a plan to get there is nothing more than peering into a crystal ball.

One thing you can be sure of – Everest Bands will keep expanding their line to include straps for more and more current and late model Rolexes. If your wish is for more and more variety of straps, then your wish is our command.

 

-Ed Estlow

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