I never truly enjoyed Coke too much.
I was consistently a Pepsi fellow. No, I’m not discussing the beverage. I was unable to think often less about the deep rooted discussion of which soft drink is better. I’m discussing two explicit Rolex GMT-Masters. The decision is between Pepsi (blue/red) or Coke (dark/red) bezel inserts.
I shared the thinking behind my choice to go with reference 1675 in this old #TBT article of mine. As far as I might be concerned, the tones on the bezel were the essential factor. I loved the appearance of a vintage Sub, yet I burrowed the GMT with its Pepsi embed. It added a fly of shading to the watch. For a very long time, I imagined that no other GMT would have its spot. Until this week came…
Don’t stress, I’m actually Team Pepsi, yet for the following five days, I’ll test drive something different. Still a Rolex, again a GMT. Despite the fact that a more current reference, the 16710 Rolex GMT-Master II with a Coke-enhanced insert.
Before I talk about my pick for the week, we should investigate different references that preceded the 16710. Everything began with reference 6542. The principal GMT turned out in 1955 and was made for just four years. During its fleeting profession, reference 6542 accomplished something that numerous watches couldn’t — it featured in a James Bond film. To be exact, it graced the screen close by Auric Goldfinger, maybe Bond’s most well known villain.
Then came reference 1675, which I have discussed in my #TBT (connect above). Next was the 16750 from 1981 to 1988. It was an updated adaptation of the 1675. Somewhat later (between 1983-1988) came the 16760. This was the primary GMT-Master II and first with a Coke bezel. Nicknamed the Fat Lady for its thick case, the 16760 was the archetype Master II of our subject of the day.
In 1988 Rolex delivered the 16700, it was just a GMT-Master, and the brand made it until 1999. The motivation behind the 16700 was to supplant the 16750. At the time, the 16700 was less expensive than the 16710, which came out generally along with the 16700. Our watch, reference 16710, had an exceptionally long life expectancy. Rolex delivered it from around 1989 to 2007 as you can envision it got numerous updates through the years.
Just like the 16700, reference 16710 likewise went to the market as a substitution. You can get it; for the 16760. This was the subsequent GMT-Master II, and Rolex offered it with a Coke bezel too. Different choices were BLRO (blue/red), AKA Pepsi, or LN (dark). In the event that you liked an alternate case material, you could pick a two-tone steel/gold (16713). For the genuine hotshot, nonetheless, Rolex made the 16718, in a 18k yellow gold case.
I love my GMT 1675 for the way that it’s light and flimsy. In any case, as it is a watch from the mid-60s, it isn’t up to present day guidelines using any and all means. The watch simply feels excessively light; the Jubilee is flimsy and slim. Obviously, the 16710 is a lot more youthful than my watch, and I need to say I sort of like it. There is more haul to it. The arm band and the watch head function admirably and give you a strong vibe. It is a piece that is not difficult to wear. It has a 40mm case with 12.5mm thickness — many would call this the ideal size. With respect to me, I need to concur. For somebody with a more modest wrist, it’s as yet a piece that they can pull off. I have a bigger wrist, and hile the 16710 feels like a strong watch, it isn’t cumbersome in any way. Moreover, it tends to be effectively hidden under the shirt cuff.
The 16710 creations ran for right around twenty years; it saw numerous updates. This model is from ’99 and, accordingly, has the most amazing aspect the two universes. Allow me to clarify. As I said, the 1675 is my game. Slender case, bored carry openings, smooth patina; what more do you need? The 16710 Coke has practically these highlights (albeit positively not the patina) blended in with a lot of new highlights. Rolex went from Tritium to LumiNova and not long after that, SuperLumiNova on the dial. From 1997 onwards, you can’t discover Tritium any longer. All things considered, there was still no quickset date except for a quickset 24h-hand and hacking system had advanced into the type (reference 3185 later 3186). This 1999 model actually doesn’t have the strong wristband end joins, much the same as a vintage GMT. Those came a year later. Enough updates to be new yet a lot of vintage vibes.
Pepsi or Coke
The incredible fight between the shading combinations of red/blue versus red/dark is a ceaseless one. There are a few different ways one can see this discussion. Some say it’s something visual. Dark and red and more inconspicuous than blue and red henceforth the watch is more under the radar. Others like the harmony among red and blue, that circle around the dark dial. Another perspective is perceivability. Red and blue stand apart more than red and dark. This implies that a Pepsi GMT is simpler to peruse than a Coke. Once more, others say that the main Coke GMT (16760 from 1983 to 1988) was at that point excessively new. These individuals acclaim the 1675 and the 16750 Pepsi. They additionally will in general leap to the 16700 since that is likewise a Pepsi. The lone issue is that it’s significantly more youthful than the previously mentioned 16760.
I would prefer not to, nor would i be able to tackle the issue. Everything I can say is this: I love my 1675 Pepsi, however I think I feel weak at the knees over Coke 16710 now as well. Coke is without a doubt an alternate sort of ballgame to me. Yet, I like to shake things up a piece. What’s more, let’s face it, I can envision more awful things in life than the predicament between the Pepsi and the Coke GMT. Particularly since the 16710 will in the long run get back to its proprietor. Up to that point, notwithstanding, we will have a stunning week together. Is it going to develop on me? Likely so. Will it make me trade my Pepsi for a Coke GMT? I exceptionally accept that it will not. In any case, I’m anticipating this week with the 16710 Coke on my wrist.