Baselworld was chosen for Tudor what may will become one of their best sellers. We’re referring to the new “Tudor Black Bay GMT” with the crowd pleasing “Pepsi” bezel.

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After several years of Rolex not reissuing their “Pepsi” bezel models, this year horology enthusiasts get two options thrown at them at once!… Those that wanted the Rolex version can new acquire a new ”GMT-Master II” (Ref#: 126710BLRO) timepiece and skip the grey market, as we’ve review here.

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”Rolex GMT-Master II” (Ref#: 126710BLRO)

While those that either prefer a more manageable price-tag or are actually thrilled to see this GMT bearing model by Tudor with this historic color-scheme can rejoice, for the choice is in reach. There have been some “complaints and quarrels over the fact that Tudor after carving is on place with the successful “Black Bay” collection, has “lessened” itself by following in the Rolex footsteps. But, we find this discussion pointless. All we see here are some very alluring timepieces worthy of praise and getting wristed.


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The 41mm case is made of stainless-steel with a polished and satin finish, while attached to a steel screw-on case back. Equipped with a screw-in setting crown that ha the Tudor logo engraved on it. The lugs on this pieces have been made slightly longer for a more accommodating wrist fit.

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Mounted to the case is the traditional 24-hour rotatable bezel with the matte blue and red aka “Pepsi” color scheme. Well, actually though at first glance this Tudor totally brings to mind the Rolex “Pepsi” model. With a closer examination and after consulting Tudor’s press release the bezel is actually colored blue and burgundy, as seen on the original “Black Bay” model, so it’s not really red.


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But, it’s a comprehensible mistake and then again burgundy tone is in a quite reddish color spectrum. Water-resistance can reach up to 200 meters (656 feet), out doing the ”Rolex GMT-Master II” (Ref#: 126710BLRO) which can only resist up to 100 meters (330 feet).


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Time is exhibited on a black dial with a round, rectangular and a triangular hour index marker, followed by a railroad-motif ring of minute index markers circling the dial. GMT time is indicated by a red central hand.

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The central “snowflake” hands, tip of the GMT hand and the hour index markers have all undergone a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility. There is a date aperture at the 3 o’clock positon and unlike on the Rolex version, Tudor has wisely chosen not to incorporate the cyclops lens.

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Tudor Black Bay GMT

This “Tudor Black Bay GMT” (Ref#: 79830RB) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber MT6552 with 28 jewels and 28,800 Vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 70 hours, when fully wound.


Mounted to the watch is either a: stainless-steel rivet-style bracelet; a brown leather “Tierra di Siena” strap with a folding clasp; or a black fabric strap with a burgundy stripe. For more up to date information visit the official Tudor website here.

MSRP: $3,900.00 USD


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Written by Mauro Az