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Rolex GMT-Master 16753 ‘Root Beer Bezel’

Root beer: A sweet, alcoholic or non-alcoholic, soda of which the primary flavour is obtained from the sassafras tree.

However, in terms of watch aficionados, rootbeer is the nickname of the Rolex GMT-Master 16753. Let’s start with the 1675, which is the Rolex GMT-Master nicknamed “Pepsi” because of the blue/red-coloured bezel. This is one of Rolex’s most popular vintage watches nowadays. The GMT-Master was only available in stainless steel or yellow gold and came in different bezel and dial variations. Nevertheless, it was not available yet in the stainless steel and yellow gold combination. This all changed thanks to the 16753 a.k.a. ‘Root Beer’, which was the first bicolour Rolex sportswatch.

This example dates back to 1985 and has a beautifully faded ‘Root Beer Bezel’. People often mistakenly call a GMT-Master with a brown bezel a ‘Root Beer’ while only the models with a brown- and cream-coloured bezel are true ‘Root Beers’. The stainless steel case, measuring 40mm in diameter, and 18k yellow-gold bezel are in mint condition. The lugs are thick and the bevelled edges are very sharp. Possibly in unpolished condition. The 18k yellow-gold and stainless steel Jubilee bracelet is in fine condition. The watch is powered by the caliber 3075. So, it has the quickset-date function. The dial was available in black or brown and this one has a brown dial with 18k yellow-gold applied indices. Thanks to its index, the dial is better known as the ‘Nipple Dial’, because… Well, just have a look at the picture and you will get the point. What we, at Amsterdam Vintage Watches, really love about this specimen, are the flames around the indices, which is especially visible at the 6- and 9-hour position. This has to do with the use of a certain type of (bad) lacquer by Rolex.

It’s also nicknamed ‘The Clint Eastwood’ because he loves and wears this watch too. Getting this piece will instantly make you a badass and give you the right to call anybody ‘a punk’, punk!

Rolex GMT-Master II 16710

The GMT-Master II is not the successor of the GMT-Master. Instead, it’s exactly the same watch with a different function and therefore another movement. 

The GMT-Master II got introduced in 1983. It has a quickset hour hand, which entails that the hours can be adjusted without stopping the second-, minute- and 24-hour hand. Accordingly, you can – in combination with the rotable bezel – read the time in three time zone. The GMT-Master only has a quickset date function, so you have to use the rotable bezel to read the time in a second time zone. The only optical differences are the slightly thicker case (thanks to the movement) and ‘GMT-Master II’ displayed on the dial.

In 1989, Rolex introduced the reference 16710. The example that we, at Amsterdam Vintage Watches, have for offer dates back to 1996. One thing that should be mentioned is this piece’s pristine condition. The case and bezel have razor-sharp edges. The matching, stainless steel solid Oyster bracelet is in great condition too. If you’re looking for a classic Rolex in mint condition for a fair price, this is the one you should go for!

Rolex GMT-Master 16700 Full Set

A ‘Pepsi’ on its best. A stainless steel case, Oyster bracelet and a razor sharp red and blue bezel insert. This is exactly how we like to see it.

This watch is provided with a ‘Swiss only’ dial which were only produced in 1999 when Rolex switched from tritium to Luminova. The dial looks spot on and matches the ’99 ‘A-serial’. The watch measures a case size of 40 millimeter and houses the quick-set caliber 3175.

The watch’s case is in sharp condition and the bracelet (with some minor stretch) is stamped 1999. To make it even better, this piece comes as a Full Set, so including the inner box, outer box, booklets, papers and service papers.


Rolex GMT-Master 1675 ‘Radial Dial’

During its production of roughly twenty years, the Rolex GMT-Master reference 1675 has been subject to various alterations on both, an aesthetic and technological level. Especially, the dial underwent evident adjustments. The ‘Radial Dial’ is one of them.

This type of dial features a smaller, more centered index than the other GMT-Master dials. Furthermore, it can be seen that the writing on these dials have more serifs. Initially, this type of dial was introduced in the early 1960s but after a short production period it was discontinued and replaced by another type of dial. In 1977, however, the ‘Radial Dial’ made its reappearance on the market. Only now, with a matte, Swiss-T < 25 dial.

We are pleased to offer this example, which has taken on a white shade of patina. We think you should know that the tritium markers are not completely intact, which is reflected in the price. The watch is completely original with an original Pepsi bezel (with a red-back inlay) and comes on its original, stainless steel, folded Jubilee bracelet, which is in a very fresh condition. The stainless steel case, which measures 40 mm. is in a great condition, still has thick lugs and sharp bevel edges. The watch is powered by the caliber 1570. Thanks to the production period of just one year, the MKIII dial is very rare and interesting for collectors.

Rolex GMT-Master 16760 ‘Fat Lady’

A thicker case, bigger crown guards and a wider bezel. Those aspects created the very first GMT-Master II reference 16760. Thanks to its bigger case and elegant shapes the watch is often referred as ‘Fat Lady’ or ‘Sophia Loren’.

This Rolex GMT-Master II dates back to the year 1988, is (and was only) made out of stainless steel and runs on the renewed caliber 3085. This new movement made it possible to move the GMT arrow hand back and forwards separately from the minute- and hour-hand.

The reference 16760 was also the first GMT-Master that came with a black and red bezel insert that’s now better known as the ‘Coke’. The funny thing is, that this GMT comes with a ‘misprinted’ bezel insert. Those inserts are very rare and sought-after because it was almost impossible that imperfect parts came through Rolex’s quality inspections.

This GMT was also the first GMT-Master that was carried out with a sapphire crystal. When we take a look underneath the sapphire crystal we’ll find the black tritium dial. The watch’s tritium index is surrounded with white-gold hour marker surrounding. You wouldn’t guess is but also the white gold hour marker surroundings on the GMT were introduced on the 16760.

We hope you understand that the 16760 isn’t just a regular GMT-Master. So smash that piggy bank and head this way before it’s gone.

Rolex GMT-Master 6542


We love Pussy… 

… Galore. That’s the nickname of the reference 6542 as she – Pussy Galore – wore it in the James Bond film Goldfinger.

In 1954, Pan-American Airlines requested Rolex to produce a reliable wrist watch for their pilots. It had to be one that could simultaneously display two time zones. The very Rolex GMT (Greenwhich Mean Time) under reference is 6542 was the answer. The rotatable 24-hour bezel and extra hour hand made it easy for pilots to read both, the home and local time.

The watch was available in either stainless steel or 18k yellow gold and did not have the crown guards yet. The wrist watch we can offer you is carried out in stainless steel. Because bakelite would reflect less (to prevent pilots from being blinded) Rolex chose to use this materials for their bezel inlays. Unfortunately, due to its fragility (the bezel cracks easily), radioactivity and because the numbers tend to flake of in warmer environments, Rolex discontinued the bakelite bezel after a couple of years of production. After this, Rolex switched over to aluminium inlays and something not everyone knows is that they already made this switch before the 6542 was discontinued. So, there are examples of this reference with aluminium inserts. The smaller case size, the gilt dial, the bakelite bezel and the absence of crown guards make this watch aesthetically very pleasing and beloved among aficionados worldwide.

Unfortunately we broke the original bezel so we had to replace it for an aftermarket one. This is not how we usually like to see it but will give you more pleasure to wear it without being terrified to break the original (ten thousands of euro’s worth) bakelite bezel. The 6542 was only produced for five years and replaced by the reference 1675 in 1959.

Rolex GMT-Master 1675 ‘MKII Pepsi’

This Rolex GMT-Master 1675 definitely is one of the most beautifully aged pieces we’ve ever had in store.

The watch dates back to 1977, is made out of stainless steel and runs on caliber 1570. We really like the fact that the ‘Pepsi’ insert has discoloured and faded beautifully on the outer side of the bezel. This gives the watch an amazing look in combination with the yellow-coloured tritium plots. Geeks will notice that the watch doesn’t have the ‘Radial MKIII Dial’ and that 1977 with a 5-million serial is pretty late for an ‘MKII Dial’. But this watch is 100% correct as it happened quite often that Rolex used earlier left-over dials to assemble their watches. There are just a few examples of this watch – the dial in combination with the case from 1977 – that we know of so it’s pretty rare. Last but not least, the watch is in great condition and it comes with its original ‘78360’ Oyster bracelet and 580-stamped endlinks.

Rolex GMT-Master II 16718 ‘Serti Dial’

Rolex GMT-Master II 16718 “Sultan”

What makes this 16718 so beautiful?

18k yellow gold case and Jubilee bracelet in perfect condition ✓
Champagne gold serti dial with factory-set diamonds and rubies ✓
Chocolate brown bezel matching with the gold ✓
Clear, white Mercedes hands ✓

Shall I continue?

It’s just gorgeous! This watch is nicknamed the “Sultan” and once you wear it, you will understand why. It’s absolutely outrageous, yet, so nice! You’re right to say that this watch is not for everyone. Still, this piece is highly sought after by enthusiasts worldwide. Not only the looks are awesome, the watch is also water resistant and has, most importantly, a second-arrow hand to display the hour in a different time zone. We are happy to announce that this piece is in great shape. Like it? Get it! And… don’t listen to your wife. You’re the sultan!

Rolex GMT-Master II 16710 ‘Pepsi’

The GMT-Master is a classic and beloved among many!

In 1989, Rolex introduced the successor of the reference 16760. Namely, the GMT-Master II under reference 16710. This stainless steel sports watch had a slimmer design than its predecessor. The example that Amsterdam Vintage Watches has for offer today, dates back to 1999. One thing that should be mentioned is this piece’s pristine condition. The case and bezel have razor sharp edges and barely have any scratches. The matching, stainless steel solid Oyster bracelet is in great condition too. If you’re looking for a classic Rolex in mint condition for a fair price, this is the one you should go for!