Speculation was rife across Rolex forums ahead of Baselworld that Rolex would be replacing its popular GMT Master II (116710 BLNR) this year, driving the price of new models with box and papers up to almost double its retail price of $9180.
If a new model creates an additional spike in prices, taking a punt on the old Black and Blue may pay off because Rolex has indeed released a new model, although with secondary market prices already up from around $9000 a year ago to over $15,000 today, that ship may have sailed.
The 2019 Oyster Perpetual GMT Master II has a 24-hour graduated two-color Cerachrom insert in blue and black ceramic, fitted with a Jubilee bracelet and new-generation calibre 3285.
As WatchPro waits for the Rolex press website to work — the new watches went live at 11am today but downloads are timing out, presumably because of a massive spike in traffic.
However, we can reveal in brief that the other new models launching this year are: