Rolex GMT-Master II Everose Rolesor vs Rolex Rootbeer
Three new versions of the GMT-Master II made waves in last year’s Baselworld: the Pepsi in Oystersteel, with a Jubilee bracelet; the first solid Everose Gold GMT model; and its two-tone, Oystersteel and Everose Gold sibling.
The last one is officially called the Rolex GMT-Master II Everose Rolesor, but it has a passing resemblance to the sorely missed Rolex GMT-Master Rootbeer, which was discontinued in the 2000s. Can the Everose Rolesor be considered the new Rootbeer?
Check out the similarities and differences between the two, so you can decide:
Rootbeer or not, it’s a handsome watch. The bezel’s colors are deeply saturated, and the demarcation of brown and black are very crisp. The molded numerals and graduations on the bezel are coated rose gold with PVD, resulting in subtle shine.
Aside from its bezel, what else separates it from previous models of the Rootbeer?
Movement – it’s equipped with a new version of the GMT-Master II movement, Caliber 3285. It benefits from Rolex’s Chronergy escapement, which has an improved geometry over the traditional Swiss lever. The result is better efficiency and a power reserve of 70 hours, instead of 48.
Dial – the model’s dial is only available in black, with the familiar Maxi dial design, this time with rose gold outlined markers and hands.
Coronet – sharp eyes will also notice a small Rolex coronet between the “Swiss Made” text at 6 o’clock. This is a visual indicator that the model is using Caliber 3285, and not the older 3186.
Since the model has a Cerachrom bezel, it will have larger crown guards and a beefier looking case compared to previous Rootbeer models with aluminum insert bezels.
The Rolex Rootbeer
So what actually makes a Rolex GMT-Master watch, a “Rootbeer”? The first Rolex Rootbeer appeared in the early 1960s, when the reference 1675/3 was released.
From pure steel and solid gold models, Rolex launched combined steel and yellow gold styles, one of which came with a brown dial and brown bezel. The latter’s bezel would later become bi-color, with a combination of brown and tan or cream. The combination of these hues resembled the popular drink, hence its now iconic nickname.
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