Rolex GMT-Master Two-Tone 'Root Beer'

Rolex GMT-Master Two-Tone 'Root Beer'

Why We Love It

Our love for the Rolex GMT-Master isn't confined to the Pepsi variants so vaunted by Rolex aficionados. In fact, we're pretty much smitten with anything in the GMT family. 

Another love of ours is two-tone. From the simple Datejust to Thunderbirds and even Subs, we think two-tone Rolexes shouldn't just be the exclusive property of retired car salesman living in Boca Raton. 

So what could possibly be more alluring than a two-tone Rolex GMT? 

We'll admit, the "Root beer "GMT isn't everyone's style — the brown dial and orange, brown and cream colored bezels aren't as iconic (unless you're Clint Eastwood) as the beloved Pepsi, and the bi-metal look hasn't quite gained full-fledged acceptance in enthusiast circles. But damn if that doesn't make us love it even more!  

Collecting vintage is as much about establishing an identity through your watch as it is finding rare pieces, and what better way to stand out than with an "outsider"?

Besides, examples like this, with its unpolished case, sunburst brown 'nipple' dial, and crisp two-tone bezel, drip with patina, story and character. And did we mention that it comes with its box, punched papers and hangtags? It might be weird, but its our kind of weird.

Give it a shot. You'll be happy you did. 

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.


Available EXCLUSIVELY at Watches of Switzerland SoHo!

SKU: AS02943

Oyster Case is approximately 39mm (excluding the crown). Rolex Reference 16753. Circa 1979.

Overall condition: Stainless Steel Case is in excellent unpolished condition, showing only light wear from age and use. Dial is in great condition overall, with only very light signs of edge wear. Luminescent plots on the indices and handset have a light even patination. One plot has had professionally restored luminous material added. Lightly faded two-tone 'Creamsicle' bezel insert. Rolex signed crown.

Includes two-tone 20mm Oyster 78363/458B bracelet with signed clasp. Also includes box, booklets, punched papers, and COSC tag.

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