Since my Rolex Yacht-Master had to leave my modest collection of watches to make way for an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, I am left with some typical sporty Rolexes. Although I love my GMT-Master II and Sea-Dweller in stainless steel, the high polish and platinum effect of the Yacht-Master is definately being missed. So, after I finished my work today, I started looking around on the internet for a decent replacement in the (far) future.

Approximately 4500 euro will buy me a slightly used Yacht-Master ref.16622 again, however, this money also gives some nice alternatives that also might do the trick for me.

A steel/gold combination for a sports watch is considered not-done by many, but I don’t care and I think it can look wonderful in both casual and more formal occasions. I borrowed a gold/steel Rolex Submariner ref.16613 for a while, and the blue dial was coming on too strong for me. Another option I just found at SubGMT’s website, is a gold/steel GMT-Master. This vintage (1983) time piece has a 4400 euro price tag, but comes complete with box, booklets and papers.

During the 1980s, these gold/steel Rolex sports watches were the domain of shady types, doing questionable business in strange places. Miami Vice, white loafers and Mercedes S-class cars come to mind as I think of shady 1980 type of people.

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This sharp edged GMT-Master 16753 model has (ofcourse) a plexy crystal and the so called nipple dial. The ref.16753 is nowadays a respected vintage wrist watch that can be seen on wrists again, without being referred to as a crime suspect. This particular model has a gold/steel Jubilee bracelet, which is a matter of liking, but one can’t deny that this is the most comfortable bracelet Rolex has ever made. Perhaps I would opt for a gold/steel Oyster bracelet or even a brown leather alligator strap, but this Jubilee certainly ‘finishes the job’.

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Like I said, the edges on the lugs are still in tact, and even though this watch has been serviced a few times during its lifetime (as it should), it is still looking sharp.

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I really like the gold printing on the bezel and the relatively large numbers on it. Also notice the ‘open’ 9 on the date-wheel and the fact that the date-wheel is gold colored instead of white.

What do you think? Am I right about the gold/steel sports watch? Please leave your thoughts by clicking ‘comments’ below.

  • gotta love them, as your blog, great work, fun to read.
    As for the TT’s and full golden Rolex, someday….

  • I used to own a similar two-tone GMT Master and i’ve always thought it’s a real beauty. The only thing is… it was not getting any wrist time. Steel-gold is absolutely not my thing… great looks… but not for my wrist.

  • Rob

    Servus RJ,
    I’m currently on holiday in the south of Germany and just yesterday I took al look at the new GMT in steel/gold. A very nice watch I think. The combination of gold and steel, together with the black dial looks super. I also took a look at the everose turn-o-graph, which is also very nice. I’m not very fond of the GMT you’re refering to. I like the ‘Tigerauge’ more.


  • Hi RJ – a vintage brown-dialed Rolex would be a more subtle and less-seen reminder of the 70s. Having said that, the two-tone metal look seems to be resurgent this past year, still not to the levels we saw then but definitely more common.

    Best wishes from Canada

  • Hi all,

    Thanks for your comments. And thanks for the credits, Knauf!

    Indeed, the Tiger Auge is also quite nice, with its brown dial. And like Harry says, two-tone seems to be (or get) accepted again more and more. Lucky us 🙂


  • I do think that the 18k & stainless look is resurgent right now. If you get a deal that’s too good to pass , I’d do it.

    One thing to remember, these models hold their value better than most others,at least here in Texas, so when you get ready o move back to the Yachtmaster, you should get a good price for your GMT.