The Rolex Root Beer watch has a history that goes back further than you might expect. As Root Beer is a nickname given to certain watches, rather than a term used by Rolex themselves, there are people who don’t even know these watches exist. This article will look at how these watches were developed and why they are still so popular today.
What watch has the nickname for root beer?
Rolex Root Beer is a nickname given to some watches in the Rolex GMT Master collection. The GMT Master was launched in 1954 at the request of airmen who needed to know the local time in two different time zones. Most of this demand came from Pan-Am Airways, so the bezel was blue and red in a two-tone design. According to Sell Rolex London, this was the first time that Rolex actually experimented with different colors for its watch bezels. Over time, it became clear that one color combination was far more popular than any other. The 1675/3 watch was the first GMT Master to be manufactured with yellow roles or which is a combination of steel and yellow gold. There were two color variations to choose from for this model. One with a black dial and bezel and the other with a brown dial and bezel. The bezel of the model with the brown dial would eventually become bi-colored, keeping the brown but also adding a tan color.
Why did you get this nickname?
The 1675/3, with its brown dial and tan and brown bezel, quickly became one of the most popular choices for consumers looking to own a Rolex. The colors reminded many people of root beer soda and the nickname was born. However, it is not the only nickname that has been given to this watch over the years. A much less common nickname is the ‘tiger eye’ and the origins of this nickname are not really known. It is believed that it may come from the depth of the glow of the brown sphere.
He has also been known as the ‘Clint Eastwood’. This is because it was the actor’s favorite watch and he wore one in several of his films, including Firefox, Tightrope, and In The Line Of Fire. He was also seen frequently wearing the watch when off camera. This is yet another example of the watch’s popularity, as these movies were released decades after Root Beer made its debut. Of all these nicknames, Root Beer is the one that instantly makes people think of 1675/3. The color scheme was one that hadn’t really been seen before, but it became one that others tried to emulate.
How well did the watch sell?
In the 1970s, the GMT-Master in the Root Beer color scheme was one of the best-selling watches Rolex had ever produced. However, in the late 1970s and early 1980s public spending fell dramatically as unemployment rose along with interest rates. This was not the first time in their history that things seemed to go against the company, but they always manage to bounce back from adversity and come out stronger than ever.
When spending rose again after this drop, Rolex was in the right place at the right time. Although Swatch watches were gaining popularity at the time, Rolex watches were still recognized as a touch of luxury, as well as a very useful timepiece. The buzz about root beer a decade earlier would have had a role to play in developing this reputation. This was also around the time that celebrities like Clint Eastwood, who was previously referenced, were spotted wearing the watches. Another reason the GMT-Master 1675/3 became so popular was because it offered a luxurious feel, as well as being a watch with many useful functions. It didn’t really matter that people weren’t going to fly planes or climb mountains because this was a watch that was for everyone. Rolex was already recognized as a brand that produced incredibly well-made watches, and wearing one of their watches became something of a status symbol.
The new Rolex GMT-Master II Root Beer 126711 CHNR
In 2018, the root beer colors were introduced once again, and they were equally popular with the new generation of people looking for a luxury watch. Watchfinder believes that the fact that the colors have been toned down slightly from what would have been used in the 1970s makes the watch appear more modern. There were three GMT-Master II watches that were launched at Baselworld 2018, and once again, the Root Beer color scheme is the one that garnered the most attention.
The GMT-Master II Root Beer 126711 CHNR is based on the Root Beer design from the 1960s, but has a few new touches that update it. The watch is made of gold …