Rolex GMT Two Tone 'Root Beer'

Rolex GMT Two Tone 'Root Beer'

Why We Love It

There are few things more '70s Chic' than a two-tone Rolex GMT 'Root Beer.

We're continually on the lookout for these special watches as they combine the outstanding functionality of a Rolex GMT Master with unmatched looks and tremendous value. They also came in a number of different subtle variations with different dial and bezel configurations, gold grades, and bracelet options. The one presented here is one of the coolest configurations we've seen yet - an early transitional Reference 1675/3 dating to circa 1972.

This particular example immediately stands out with its stunning matte brown nipple dial and faded two tone insert - one of the best looking bezels we've ever seen. Furthermore, this South American market model is fitted with 14k yellow gold components in place of the 18k elements found in other markets. The result is a 'softer' two-tone appearance than most. The watch is fitted on a Mexican made oval link Jubilee bracelet with matching 14k center links.

And if you're not already sold, take a gander at these unpolished (yep, we said it) lugs with some of the most incredible factory bevels we've ever seen on a GMT.

This watch is without question a very special example, and not one we're likely to find a duplicate of anytime soon! 

The Story

The Reference 16753, released in the late 1970s, provided a fresh new look to the GMT line. The combination of steel and gold perfectly encapsulated the preppy stye that prevailed in that period. Moreover, this shifted Rolex into the luxury sphere, which established an upward sales trend that infused much needed cash flow into the manufacture.

Visually and technically, the 16753 stands out from other iterations of the GMT-Master.

The glossy dial and colorful bezel give the watch a sleek appearance that’s magnified by the gold detailing on the crown, bezel, bracelet and handset.

But the improvements to the 16753 wasn't only skin deep—a new movement was also fitted, which had hacking capabilities as well as a quickset date, one of the first applications of this feature in the collection.

Sleek and functional, the 16753 "Root Beer" GMT makes a quirky but delightful choice for the sophisticated and playful traveler.


SKU: AS03606

Two-tone stainless steel and 14k yellow gold case is approximately 39mm (excluding the crown). Rolex reference 1675/3. Rolex automatic winding movement. Circa 1972.

Overall Condition: The case is in excellent, unpolished condition, showing normal signs of wear from age and use. Luminous matte brown ‘nipple' dial is in fantastic condition with even patination throughout. Luminous handset shows matching patina. Two-tone bezel insert shows deep 'ghosted' patina. Signed crown.

Includes 14k yellow gold and stainless steel oval link Jubilee bracelet.

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