The first taste of perfect Rolex replica I actually got was wearing a high-quality replica GMT-Master ref. 1675 when I was in my early twenties. And it was not a bad taste at that! I never really warmed up to the GMT-Master II as I did to the ref. 1675. That was until the first GMT-Master II Pepsi (ref.116719BLRO) returned in white gold with a Cerachrom bezel. There was one problem: it was in white gold. Like so many, I was waiting for that same watch in stainless steel…but not on a Jubilee bracelet! Oh, how I was wrong. Putting the ref. 126710BLRO on my wrist once was enough to put that complaint to rest for good.
The current GMT-Master II Pepsi is a watch that I would like to own very much. But it is one of those watches you can’t get at an AD, nor for a sensible price on the gray market. Pre-owned prices have risen to ridiculous levels. With prices starting at roughly 16K in Euros and quickly racing past 20K, it is twice its list price. And that is just insane. It is a figure something I would never even consider paying. The alternative? A vintage ref. 1675/16750.
I have grown to love a vintage GMT-Master even when it is pretty beaten up. Our own Fratello team member Balazs owns a ref. 1675 and every time I see him wearing it, I’m reminded how much fun it was wearing that same watch 20 years ago. With prices starting at 10K, both references have become quite pricey. However, it still saves you a significant chunk of change compared to buying a new one.