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Yeah, we get it.
The thought of a Two-Tone Rolex often conjures images of ancient Datejusts dangling from you uncle's tanned, wrinkly wrist as he tells obnoxious stories at the family barbeque. We all have those memories (or at least have watched The Sopranos) and have sought to stay far away from any suggestion of similarity to them. With that said, it is understandable to some degree why steel timepieces with gold ornamentation have been on the outs with the latest generation of enthusiasts.
However, after some careful consideration, elapsed time, and some wrinkling of our own, we have realized that we have been dead wrong about them. Two-Tone Rolexes aren't the old man watches we've thought they were. They are in fact every bit as cool as their steel counterparts - or possibly even cooler. They add a subtle suggestion of experience and success to the simple, iconic nature of the Rolex Oyster, without getting too loud.
Maybe we'll chalk it up to maturation of taste, evolving sense of style, or some level of accomplishment that Two-Tone models once so commonly commemorated. The bottom line is that we've come to really love them, and whether it is a Datejust, Turn-O-Graph, Sub, or GMT Master we find ourselves lusting after their subtle flash on the daily.
Maybe you're the same way. Maybe you've had a secret love for them all these years and have been hiding it. Maybe you think we're crazy.
Whatever the case, there is no denying the wrist presence they suggest. The gold elements (bezel ring, crown, markers, and hands) play off the black dial and insert brilliantly, giving a sophisticated yet sporty feel. Kind of like a Tuxedo T-Shirt. You know, one that says "I want to be formal, but I'm here to party".
The watch we have here is very much an 80's survivor. Dating from approximately 1986, it retains thick, sharp lugs and a vibrant luster to its 18k elements. Furthermore, it has standard size markers with awesome cream colored luminescent plots - perfect for those of you who don't like nipples. (heh, heh). Let's also not forget that underneath all that outward beauty is a downright brilliant GMT Master with second timezone and quickset date - quite possibly the most useful timepiece complication and functionality we can think of. Whether you pair it up with the included Crown & Buckle nylon straps (with Gold hardware, natch) or Don Johnson-ify it with a matching Two-Tone Jubilee bracelet, this watch is an incredibly versatile and wearable choice in a variety of settings.
We can't guarantee it will make you look good in white linen suits or pastel shirts. We can't guarantee that you'll be given priority parking at the beach side nightclub in your Daytona Spyder. But we can guarantee one thing: As sexy as it is now, Two-Tone watches will get even better as you age.
Steel Oyster Case is approximately 39mm (excluding the crown). Rolex Reference 16753.
Overall condition: Case is in excellent condition, showing no signs of over-polishing. Very sharp & thick lugs! Original dial is in great condition overall, with only very light signs of hand drag around the center post. Markers are all intact with no flaking and have a light even patination matching the original hands. Original bezel insert is in excellent condition. Original Rolex signed crown.
Includes two 20mm Nylon Straps by Crown & Buckle.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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