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!