The Replica Rolex ‘Pepsi’ GMT-Master
When I finally took back possession of the 1675 from my father, I experienced a swell of imposter syndrome. Popularity of vintage Rolex, and this reference in particular, were on the rise. Its profile increasing by the day, this was the watch that, for me personally, took this world from being a slightly nerdy hobby, to the realm of fashionable and hip culture. How the rest of the world started talking about watches like the 1675 changed, and I didn’t exactly recognize myself as fashionable, let alone hip. That’s not why I liked the watch in the first place, afterall.
Letting go of that 1675 remains one of my biggest regrets when it comes to watches. I’m comfortable with the watches I like these days, for my own reasons, and I genuinely like the 1675. What’s more, this particular watch had bonded my father and I in a way I didn’t fully appreciate at the time. The experience of this watch over the course of years is largely responsible for informing the watches I wear today: modern best swiss watches replica. Not because I prefer them to their vintage counterparts (I don’t), but because the element of wear over time, ownership, and experiences are what, in large part, motivate my enthusiasm around watches.
So, just how does that wear experience hold up with the latest iteration of the GMT, the 126710BLRO? A watch that, for all intents and purposes, is the very face of inflated resale prices, horological hype culture, and AD waitlist purgatory? Underneath all that, surprisingly well. Sure, sacrifices have been made, but the plot has not been lost.
I still remember the discussion I had with my wife about the prospect of buying a vintage Rolex GMT-Master reference 1675. It was a big purchase. Nearly $5,000. “I’ll only do it if I can sell a few other pieces” I promised. “…are you sure this is a good idea?” The year was 2012, and things were different in the world of watch collecting. Instagram was less than 2 years old, great watches sat in display cases, some available at a discount, and classic vintage Rolex references, like the 1675, could be had for less than $5,000.
THE AUTHOR’S 1675
The Rolex GMT-Master enjoys a certain lore today that’s steadily accumulated over the course of a few generations thanks to its association with the jet-set era, Pan-Am, astronauts, movie appearances, and, these days, celebrities. All this pinned to the instantly recognizable Pepsi colored bezel, blue on top, rouge on bottom (BLRO). As much as the watch has changed since it was first introduced to the world in 1954 in the reference 6542, the GMT-Master II of today follows the same basic formula. Still, the space between them is vast, and each has an appeal that seems to cater to different sensibilities.
Shortly after taking possession of the 1675 back in 2012, it found its way onto the wrist of my father for his role in helping me out of pickle after some expensive photo equipment was stolen. He would go on to wear the swiss replica rolex watches for years.
As is the case with many vintage objects, age makes itself known in unique ways, and watches are no exception. Sometimes it’s beautiful, sometimes not so much. The dial can brown, the lumed hour plots go yellow (or orange, or eggshell…), and of course, the bezel fades in all manner of ways, from ghost to fuschia. Vintage Rolex collectors and enthusiasts love these details, and something like a subtle hue shift of the dial from black to brown can mean a hefty premium on its value (to some collectors, at least).
It’s easy to fall in love with the stories told by these old watches, and it’s not just Rolex. Poke around any brand with some heritage under its belt and you’re likely to uncover a trove of romantic stories about their accomplishments, their historical importance, their ‘iconic’ bona fides, or the personalities that wore them. While many of those stories are responsible for pulling me (and likely, some of you) into this hobby, what’s kept me here are the stories created, worn, and owned. A concept I discuss in this article about future vintage watches.