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Rolex GMT-Master “Root Beer” – Top Reference Guide

Rolex GMT-Master “Root Beer” – Top Reference Guide

Root lager helps us to remember less complex occasions – days when you poured your beverage over frozen yogurt rather than ice 3D shapes. However, we needed to grow up at some point, and fortunately, we’ve been treated with something similarly as sweet, the Rolex GMT Root Beer bezel.

Rolex previously dispatched the GMT-Master in 1954 as an answer for the aviation world’s requirement for a watch that could help pilots and carrier groups monitor time as they traversed numerous time zones.  The outcome was a games watch that incorporated a 24-hour bezel that could be set against the GMT hand on the dial to follow two distinctive time regions at the same time. Since its delivery, the Rolex GMT-Master has developed into a noteworthy assortment of watches that are worn by everybody from proficient athletes and VIPs to pilots and military personnel.

Now, it may not be very pretty much as satisfying as the beverage of your youth, yet the Rolex Root Beer GMT is without a doubt a pleasant method to enjoy your extravagance watch fixation. In light of that, it most likely abandons saying that not every person concurs. Some Rolex GMT-Master devotees think that its difficult to fold their head over earthy colored crawling up any further than a leather tie. Be that as it may, for the individuals who love the root Rolex brew bezel, these watches are a genuine treat.

Rolex GMT-Master “Root Beer”

Rolex Root Beer GMT-Master Timeline

1970: Rolex presents the primary Root Beer GMT-Master, the ref. 1675/3 1989: Rolex presents the GMT-Master II Root Beer ref. 16713 2006: Rolex stops Root Beer GMT-Master II 2018: Rolex once again introduces the Root Beer bezel in dark and earthy colored Cerachrom with the ref. 126711CHNR

Root Beer GMT References:


– 16753

– 16713

– 126711CHNR (and 126715CHNR)

The First Root Beer GMT-Master ref. 1675/3

Root Beer GMT-Master 1675/3

Case Diameter: 40mm

Materials: Stainless Steel & Yellow Gold

Functions: Time w/Running Seconds, Date Display, GMT Functionality (2 Time Zones)

Dial: Brown w/Luminou Markers (Nipple Dial)

Bezel: Bi-directional, Brown and Gold Aluminum Insert w/24-Hour Scale

Crystal: Acrylic w/Cyclops Lens

Movement: Caliber 1575

Strap/Bracelet: Oyster or Jubilee Bracelet

It’s fitting that we were first acquainted with the root lager bezel in the 1970’s – it simply feels vintage and seepages with funk, isn’t that right? While it is a cool decision, it’s likewise astonishing. Rolex isn’t known for putting itself out there, so the root brew bezel is truly one of those uncommon occurrences when the brand chose to incline toward the occasions and delivery something somewhat offbeat and not quite the same as the other models in its portfolio.

The Rolex GMT-Master – a well known pilots watch since the 1950’s – had to a great extent been an attractive yet utilitarian watch for as far back as twenty years. Then around 1970, Rolex delivered the ref. 16753 as the main GMT-Master offered in Rolesor, which is the brand’s signature combination of hardened steel and gold. This watch had two variations, the first featuring a dark dial and matching dark bezel, and the second with an earthy colored dial combined with an earthy colored and gold bezel – the absolute first Root Beer GMT-Master.

Rolex had been creating strong gold adaptations of the GMT-Master fitted with earthy colored dials with earthy colored additions since the earliest reference point of the assortment and these all-earthy colored bezels are frequently alluded to as “Root Beer bezels” by certain gatherers, however it was really the ref. 1675/3 that denoted the main utilization of the bicolored, earthy colored and gold bezel, and imprints the genuine beginning of the Root Beer GMT. Other unmistakable features of this watch incorporate a matching earthy colored dial, and gold hour markers with a shape that ultimately come about in their ‘areola dial’ nickname. In conclusion, the Rolesor Root Beer GMT-Master was accessible with the choice of either an Oyster or Jubilee bracelet.

You can’t blame Rolex clients of the 1970s for becoming hopelessly enamored with this watch, as it was the shading disposition of the decade. It was affectionately called the “Root Beer” bezel for its slight similarity to a foamy cup of the famous soft drink of the same name. In any case, out of nowhere we saw it acquiring new nicknames like “Tiger Eye” or “Tiger Augen” due to its likeness to the valuable stone by the same name – a push to make the watch sound more elevated rather than stylish. Then Clint Eastwood got his hands on one and it was (un)officially the “Clint Eastwood” (it was his own watch and he wore it in some of his movies, including his 1982 film Firefox).

Today, these first iterations of the Root Beer GMT-Master are relatively elusive. While the GMT-Master ref. 1675 had a serious long creation period, the ref. 1675/3 had a more limited run and was in every case more restricted in numbers. Also, it has been a long time since these watches have been underway, and a few examples have essentially been lost to history. Costs for Root Beer GMT’s have likewise fundamentally expanded lately and despite the fact that they actually haven’t arrived at the purpose of certain other vintage Rolex models, all things considered, they are simply going to get more costly and harder to discover in the coming years.

The Second Generation: GMT-Master II ref. 16713

Root Beer GMT-Master II 16713

Case Diameter: 40mm

Materials: Stainless Steel & Yellow Gold

Functions: Time w/Running Seconds, Date Display, GMT Functionality (3 Time Zones)

Dial: Brown w/Luminous Markers

Bezel: Bi-directional, Brown and Gold Aluminum Insert w/24-Hour Scale

Crystal: Sapphire w/Cyclops Lens

Movement: Caliber 3185

Strap/Bracelet: Oyster or Jubilee Bracelet

Within GMT-Master history, it’s critical to take note of that during the 1980s Rolex dispatched its first historically speaking GMT-Master II. This updated GMT watch featured enhancements like another kind of GMT development where the 12-hour and 24-hour hands are freely movable, dispatching the brand’s notorious pilots watch into a completely new time. During the original of the GMT-Master II, Rolex additionally presented another bi-shaded bezel embed, the dark and red ‘Coke’ bezel.

It wasn’t until the late 1980s that the second generation of the GMT-Master II came about, driving Rolex to once again introduce the famous Root Beer bezel into the assortment. Dissimilar to the Pepsi and Coke bezels which were just accessible on the tempered steel models from this generation, the earthy colored and gold Root Beer bezel was fitted to the two-tone mode, while the all-earthy colored bezel embed was saved for strong 18k yellow gold adaptations with matching earthy colored dials.

Offering the most stretched out assortment of tones hitherto, this generation is additionally noted similar to the last GMT-Master II to feature aluminum bezel embeds before Rolex updated the assortment to feature its restrictive Cerachrom ceramic bezels (more on that in the following segment). However, to draw a nearer take a gander at this second generation of Rolex Root Beer GMT watches, we should investigate the reference 16713.

In expansion to the new development and sapphire gem, perhaps the most observable contrasts between this generation of the Root Beer GMT and the past one is the style of hour markers fitted to its earthy colored dial. Truly, Rolex’s two-tone and strong gold GMT watches featured areola dials. Notwithstanding, the earthy colored dials fitted to the ref. 16713 featured applied markers with yellow gold encompasses that are very much like in plan to the ones as of now being used by Rolex today.

Although a relatively little feature, this advanced way to deal with the dial caused it to feel considerably more in-accordance with the remainder of Rolex’s catalog, and the ref. 16713 denoted a perceptible esthetic takeoff from the past Root Beer GMT-Master reference 16753. The Root Beer bezel adaptation of the reference 16713 remained underway all through the 1990s and mid 2000s. In any case, Rolex ultimately ceased the Root Beer GMT-Master II in 2006 with many contemplating whether this interesting watch could at any point get back to the collection.

The Comeback Kid: GMT-Master II ref. 126711CHNR

GMT-Master II 126711CHNR

Case Diameter: 40mm

Materials: Stainless Steel & Everose Gold

Functions: Time w/Running Seconds, Date Display, GMT Functionality (3 Time Zones)

Dial: Black w/Luminous Hour Markers

Bezel: Bi-directional, Black and Brown Ceramic Insert w/24-Hour Scale

Crystal: Sapphire w/Cyclops Lens

Movement: Caliber 3285

Strap/Bracelet: OysterBracelet

When Rolex delivered its updated Root Beer bezel in 2018, it truly reinvigorated authorities’ adoration for this one of a kind watch. For a certain something, we hadn’t seen a Root Beer GMT watch in over 10 years, and keeping in mind that it was never the most well known GMT model among gatherers, it was appreciated for its interesting esthetic and the imprint that it had made on the assortment. So when Rolex once again introduced the Root Beer bezel in 2018, many were stunned to see it return.

Of course, the new Rolex GMT-Master II Root Beer ref. 126711CHNR had been carried into the 21st century for certain genuinely necessary updates. The two-tone configuration with yellow gold had been traded out to tempered steel and Everose gold for a hotter and more current appearance. Moreover, the bidirectional ceramic bezel is currently dark and earthy colored with recessed Eversoe gold numerals, rather than being half earthy colored and half gold and produced using anodized aluminum like on all past iterations.

With that at the top of the priority list, the greatest and most striking move up to the bezel is the utilization of Rolex’s restrictive ceramic material, which the brand calls Cerachrom. Taking a gander at a portion of the prior Root Beer bezels that were made out of aluminum, you can see that large numbers of them have been liable to scratching and blurring throughout the long term. By utilizing this new, staggeringly strong and blur safe ceramic material for the bezel, Rolex can guarantee that these warm shadings will stay pretty much uncertainly. The creation of the bi-shading Root Beer bezel in ceramic is additionally striking since it is staggeringly hard to make. Rolex might have gone with simply an all-earthy colored Cerachrom bezel, so the push to return to the bi-hued bezel however with more present day tones and materials is absolutely noteworthy.

The dial additionally got a genuinely necessary update. Rather than being earthy colored with a sunburst pattern like previously, the dial is gleam dark with applied Everose gold markers that are loaded up with blue-sparkling Chromalight lume. Obviously, there are as yet unchanged Mercedes hands, however these are likewise now made from Everose gold and completed in Chromalight. While some incline toward the naturally retro-feel of the warm earthy colored dials found on more established Root Beer GMT watches, the sparkle dark dial on the new reference 126711CHNR furnishes the watch with an irrefutably more current generally appearance.

This is the sort of watch that causes you to do a twofold take, as earthy colored (not tan or beige) is as yet an impossible tone to be featured on a watch. Nonetheless, the manner in which it’s been integrated here close by the totally dark dial and the warm 18k Everose gold feels easily upscale and contemporary. It is unquestionably conceivable that numerous years from now, we will think back on the ref. 126711CHNR and appreciate it for its retro esthetics similarly that we do the ref. 1675/3. In any case, (at least for the present) it addresses a really current interpretation of the exemplary Root Beer GMT-Master, and it fills in at this point another example of how Rolex can generally push advance and innovate while never dismissing its past.

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