In the weeks and days leading up to Basel, the tension, speculation and near-hysteria around Rolexís impending releases is palpable, and this year was no different. And while the popular predictions in the lead-up to Baselworld 2019 were the usual mix of near misses and safe guesses, that didnít stop the Rolex watches ó especially the sports watches ó from being the most talked-about pieces of the fair.* The Yacht-Master on Oysterflex has, since its debut in 2015, been one of the most distinctively modern models, with its matt cerachrom bezel and understated bracelet. This year saw two significant changes to the model. Firstly, it was offered in white gold, which only adds to the under-the-radar appearance; secondly, itís bigger than ever, with a 42mm case ó both these elements have been generally well received in the Halls.* And then thereís the new version of the GMT-Master BLNR. Itís packing the new 3285 calibre, which means a new case. Itís also got a new Jubilee strap, giving the Batman a whole new look. But the real story here is the news that all steel GMT-Masters are only available on Jubilee, and that all GMT-Masters with a single colour bezel (i.e.…

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