Last Saturday during the Chrono24 GTG in Karlsruhe (you’ll discover our occasion report here ) my consideration was attracted to a Rolex GMT-Master in steel and gold. For sure, Robert-Jan and myself talked about this watch on our way to the GTG (a 5-hour drive). What’s more, you realize what occurs straightaway. You’ll notice that a few orderlies to the GTG really have this watch with them.
Rolex GMT-Master 16753
In the mid seventies, the steel and gold 16753 variant was an expansion to the treated steel and full-gold models of the Rolex GMT-Master. The steel and gold rendition opened up with a dark dial and pivoting GMT-bezel, too with an earthy colored dial and gold-earthy colored hued bezel. It’s the last this 52Mondayz article is about.
While most Rolex sports watches have dark dials, an earthy colored dial very stands apart from the group. Furthermore, that is something which draws in to me, for sure. This earthy colored dial too is the purpose behind this watch’ epithet, ‘Root Beer’. The shade of the dial clearly looks like the shade of root lager in that time.
And in the event that one epithet isn’t enough, the Rolex GMT-Master 16753 can be found too under the names of ‘Tiger Eye’ (or Tiger Auge in German), and even ‘Clint Eastwood’. Surely, the two-shaded bezel has pretty much similar tones as can be found in Tiger Eye stones. Also, the 16753 appears, or appeared, to be Clint Eastwood’s most loved watch. But frequently off-stage, it very well may be seen on his wrist in the 1982 Cold War film as well.
The last thing I need to specify on monikers is about the file markers. A large portion of the earthy colored dialed Rolex GMT-Master 16753’s you’ll find have thicker and higher (brilliant) files than normal Rolex sports models. Dials with these somewhat cone-formed high thick file markers are frequently, well consistently, alluded to as ‘nipple dials’. The watch I’m wearing this week, notwithstanding, has a later created administration dial with ordinary ring-formed file markers. Albeit the name of the other files, obviously, pulls in additional towards them, the customary ring-formed files look excellent and are really harder to find.
The Rolex GMT-Master 16753, similar to the 16750, is viewed as a ‘transitional’ model. This implies that the packaging, plexiglass, and dial are equivalent to the previous 1675 models. Notwithstanding, a more up to date type development has been utilized. The more seasoned GMT-Masters had a Rolex Caliber 1570 type. The 16753’s contains the then new higher beat 3075 development with an advantageous quickset date.
Should you purchase one?
If you like it as I do, indeed, why not. In any case, purchasing a Rolex GMT-Master 16753 resembles purchasing some other vintage Rolex. Entering a snake-pit. You’ll barely at any point know without a doubt if the watch you’re taking a gander at is ex-processing plant unique. Such countless experts will prompt you, frequently un-requested. They precisely ‘know’ everything about your watch, and how it ought to be.
My exhortation is to remain genuine. In the event that you’re not out for the 1% of these watches which are as yet immaculate and ex-production line unique, don’t trouble excessively. Guarantee yourself that all parts are unique Rolex parts, be it from the date the watch was created, or unique assistance parts supplanted by Rolex or one of their administration places. In the event that a vintage watch has been acceptable dealt with previously, parts ought to have been supplanted. If not, exactly a couple of them are exhausted and ought to be viewed as broken by this time.
And at that point simply address a satisfactory cost, not an overrate. Search for a legit model which pulls in to you, and address a cost a steel and gold Rolex watch should cost. A Rolex GMT-Master 16753, in the state of the one I’m wearing, can be found for around € 6.000,= at the hour of composing. Which I consider a reasonable cost for a particularly excellent and top notch watch.
You shouldn’t miss the enlightening article our Michael Stockton did about this watch here . For more data on the current Rolex GMT-Master II model, if it’s not too much trouble, visit their site .
The Rolex GMT-Master 16753 Jubilee wristband with all-steel catch Someone gorging the Rolex GMT-Master 16753 to the Chrono24 GTG