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 chaperons to the GTG really have this watch with them.

Rolex GMT-Master 16753

In the mid seventies, the steel and gold 16753 form was an expansion to the hardened steel and full-gold models of the Rolex GMT-Master. The steel and gold adaptation opened up with a dark dial and turning GMT-bezel, also with an earthy colored dial and gold-earthy colored hued bezel. It’s the last this 52Mondayz article is about.

The Rolex GMT-Master 16753 on my wrist


While most Rolex sports watches have dark dials, an earthy colored dial very stands apart from the group. What’s more, that is something which draws in to me, without a doubt. 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 brew in that time.


And in the event that one moniker isn’t enough, the Rolex GMT-Master 16753 can be found also 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. Furthermore, 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.

No nipples


The last thing I need to specify on epithets is about the list markers. A large portion of the earthy colored dialed Rolex GMT-Master 16753’s you’ll find have thicker and higher (brilliant) files than ordinary Rolex sports models. Dials with these marginally cone-molded high thick file markers are frequently, well consistently, alluded to as ‘nipple dials’. The watch I’m wearing this week, be that as it may, has a later delivered administration dial with customary ring-molded record markers. Albeit the name of the other records, obviously, pulls in additional towards them, the customary ring-molded files look generally excellent and are really harder to find.

Someone gorging the Rolex GMT-Master 16753 to the Chrono24 GTG


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. Nonetheless, a fresher sort 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.

Jubilee wristband with all-steel clasp

Should you purchase one?

If you like it as I do, indeed, why not. Be that as it may, purchasing a Rolex GMT-Master 16753 resembles purchasing some other vintage Rolex. Entering a snake-pit. You’ll scarcely at any point know without a doubt if the watch you’re taking a gander at is ex-industrial facility unique. Such countless experts will prompt you, regularly un-requested. They precisely ‘know’ everything about your watch, and how it ought to be.

My guidance 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-industrial facility 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 habitats. On the off chance 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 follow through on a satisfactory cost, not an overrate. Search for a fair model which pulls in to you, and follow through on 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 useful 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 .


Somebody gorging the Rolex GMT-Master 16753 to the Chrono24 GTG Jubilee arm band with all-steel catch The Rolex GMT-Master 16753