If you’ve been lusting after a steel Rolex sports model, you probably already know that new ones are nearly impossible to find — even if your local authorized dealer received his or her paltry offering of a handful of watches, chances are high that unless you’re an extremely good client, you’re not getting your hands on one any time soon. What’s more, a watch like 2018’s GMT Master II 126750BLRO, the first steel GMT Master II released with a “Pepsi” bezel in some years, routinely sells for well over its MSRP of $9,250.
Lucky for today’s watch owners, however, there are more GMTs from myriad brands floating around than you can shake a stick at. There are options from the big Swiss companies, from Japanese brands like Grand Seiko, from microbrands such as Monta, and from lesser known but well established companies, such as French brand Yema.
If you’ve been following Yema, you’ll know that it’s been reissuing models from its respectable back catalog, such as the Superman series, as part of its Heritage line. Yema’s newest watch isn’t a direct reissue of one of these pieces, but uses the Superman as a platform upon which to build a GMT watch, called the Superman Heritage GMT. Available in “Pepsi” (red/blue), “Coke” (red/black) and what Rolex fans would dub “Batman” (blue/black) variants (the last is sold out), each models is being produced in 100 pieces, and features the automatic ETA 2893-2 movement. Other features include a domed crystal, an aluminum bezel with 24-hour scale and the classic Yema bezel-lock mechanism.
The Superman Heritage GMT is an opportunity to get a GMT watch in the Rolex aesthetic without breaking the bank — the watches are $1,499 — but in a package that are dive-ready (the watches are rated to 990 feet). Act quickly before they’re all gone.
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