Bezel & Barrel REVIEWS, NEWS, AND INFO FOR ROLEX ENTHUSIASTS

How Did They DO That? Rolex’s Bi-Color Ceramic Bezel Inserts

One of the most popular pieces in the Rolex lineup is the GMT-Master II. When you see an old guy wearing the only watch he’s ever owned, chances are it’s a Pepsi or Coke GMT-Master – named for the red/blue or red/black bi-colored bezel inserts in those watches. Now, the GMT-Master and GMT-Master II were also available with all-black bezels (and occasionally in other colors too) marked in 24 hour increments to go along with the 24 hour hand the watches feature. But a single color can’t really represent day-night the way two colors can. So Rolex also equipped the GMTs with the bi-color bezels – one color representing day and another representing night. Those were the Pepsi and Coke bezels....

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A Coming of Age Story, the Rolex Way...

My story with Rolex begins roughly five years back, in a rather unimpressed state. Just like other collectors, old and young, I had been growing up with the coronet constantly being shoved in my face just anywhere I looked, both in the media and day-to-day life. This of course lead to me developing what I like to call the “everyone has one” attitude towards the brand, and its products. I then started to collect watches from a number of obscure smaller brands, with little to no following, since I thought that would set me apart from the rest, and result in an intriguing and unique collection. All of this would soon change. A few years passed, and my sights had now been set a tad higher. ...

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