The Rolex GMT-Master 2 in its Attractive BLRO Configuration

December 13, 2016

With the same bezel colors as the original GMT-Master model released in 1955, the white gold Rolex GMT-Master II (Reference # 116719BLRO) combines the legacy of the model with the prestige of a precious metal configuration. It is also known as the "Pepsi" by watch enthusiasts due to its color combination. By any other name, this reference is just as attractive to those looking for a robust professional watch with all the luxury appeal of a gold Rolex. 

Rolex GMT-Master II BLRO (photo: Rolex)
Technical Information
The GMT-Master II BLRO is currently available in white gold with a black dial as shown in the photo above. It is powered by a 3186 self-winding mechanical movement manufactured by Rolex in-house. It features a bi-directional rotatable bezel with a 24-hour display that corresponds with a 24-hour hand to provide GMT functionality. It is waterproof up to 100 meters due in part to its Oyster case and Triplock winding crown. The BLRO features a power reserve is 48 hours and it functions with a precision of -2/+2 seconds per day after casing. The 18 carat white gold bracelet is brushed with polished center links and the sapphire crystal features the watchmaker's characteristic Cyclops magnifying lens over the date aperture at 3 o'clock.

First GMT-Master Model from 1955 (photo: Rolex)
Introduced at a time when international travel was a novelty, the original GMT-Master featured the same color combination as the current BLRO. However, it was made from stainless steel and other materials that were more common at the time. Releasing it now in white gold elevates the new configuration while still paying homage to the original aesthetic. As the official timepiece of airlines like Pan Am, the GMT-Master paved the way for GMT watches and forever linked it to the legacy of air travel. Rolex still offers the GMT-Master II in stainless steel, with either a blue and black bezel or a plain black bezel.

The retail price for the white gold GMT-Master II BLRO is approximately $38,250 US. This price point makes it less common than the BLNR and LN references, which is wonderful for those who own one. It may not be considered a dress watch, but the BLRO is certainly on the high end of watches made by Rolex today. For more information on this model visit


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