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About the Rolex Coke

When the GMT-Master II made its debut in the early 1980s, Rolex equipped it with a new black and red bezel colorway. Following the soda-inspired nicknames of the blue and red "Pepsi" bezel and the brown and yellow "Root Beer" bezel, the black and red GMT bezel quickly became known as the "Coke" bezel. There have only been two references of the GMT-Master II Coke made—neither of which are in production today. Therefore, the only option to own a GMT-Master II Coke today is to buy one from the pre-owned watch market.

GMT-Master II Coke History

While Rolex introduced the GMT-Master in the 1950s as a way for pilots to read two time zones simultaneously, it wasn’t until 1982 that the GMT-Master II joined the lineup. Similar in style to the original GMT-Master but more technically advanced, the GMT-Master II features de-coupled 12-hour and 24-hour hands that can be set independently from each other.

The first model to kick off the collection was the GMT-Master II ref. 16760, which was also dubbed the "Fat Lady" among collectors owning to its thicker case profile to accommodate Caliber 3085. After about seven years of production, the GMT-Master II ref. 16760 was replaced by the GMT-Master II ref. 16710 in 1989.

While the GMT-Master II ref. 16760 was only available with a Coke bezel, the later GMT-Master II ref. 16710 offered the option of a Coke bezel, a Pepsi bezel, or a black bezel. Compared to its predecessor, the GMT-Master II Coke 16710 featured a slimmer case, which housed Caliber 3185 inside. Over its almost 20-year manufacturing run, the GMT-Master II ref. 16710 underwent a handful of updates including changes in luminous material, case lug holes, bracelet solid end links, and caliber.

When Rolex released the then-new six-digit GMT-Master II with Cerachrom ceramic bezels in the mid-2000s, the Coke bezel disappeared from the catalog and has not returned—yet.

  • 1955: Rolex releases the GMT-Master model
  • 1982: Rolex launches the GMT-Master II Coke ref. 16760
  • 1989: Rolex releases GMT-Master II Coke ref. 16710
  • 2007: Rolex discontinues GMT-Master II Coke

GMT-Master II Coke References, Features, and Options

There have only been two GMT-Master II Coke references made:

  • GMT-Master II 16760
  • GMT-Master II 16710

GMT-Master II Coke watches are exclusively available in stainless steel and feature aluminum bezel inserts with 24-hour markings. They are automatic watches that offer dual-time functionality and a date window at three o'clock, magnified by a Cyclops lens. The 12-hour hand is a Mercedes-style hand that indicates local time. Conversely, the 24-hour hand features a triangular tip and displays a second time zone by pointing to the 24-hour marked bezel. A third time zone can also be read if the wearer rotates the bezel in accordance with the time difference of the second time zone.

While both GMT-Master II Coke watches are quite similar, there are some differences to note.

GMT-Master II Coke 16760 vs. GMT-Master II Coke 16710

GMT-Master II Coke 16760

GMT-Master Coke II 16710

Production Years

1982 – 1988

1989 – 2007 

Case

40mm, thicker profile, extra large crown guards

Stainless Steel

40mm, slimmer profile, smaller crown guards

Stainless Steel

Lug holes removed in 2003

Dial

Glossy with White Gold Applied Indexes

Date Window

Dual-Time

Glossy with White Gold Applied Indexes

Date Window

Dual-Time

Lume

Tritium

Tritum

Luminova from 1998

SuperLuminova from 2000

Bezel

Bi-Directional 

24-hour markings

Black/Red Aluminum

Bi-Directional 

24-hour markings

Black/Red Aluminum

Crystal

Sapphire with Cyclops

Sapphire with Cyclops

Micro-Laser etched crown from 2003

Bracelet

Stainless Steel Oyster or Jubilee

Stainless Steel Oyster or Jubilee

Solid End Links in 2000

Caliber

Caliber 3085

Caliber 3185

Caliber 3186 from late-2007

Water Resistance

100 meters

100 meters

Buying Pre-Owned GMT-Master II Coke Watches

Since Rolex is no longer producing them, GMT-Master II Coke watches are only available to buy from the pre-owned market. As such, GMT-Master watches with Coke bezel are prized among collectors and enthusiasts and they are valued in the five-figure range. The vintage GMT-Master II Coke ref. 16760 "Fat Lady" starts at around $12,000 while the later GMT-Master II Coke ref. 16710 starts at around $10,000.

Rolex GMT Master Coke

Rolex Coke Reference Number(s):

16760, 16710

Years Rolex Coke was Produced:

1983 - 2007

Rolex Coke Nickname Origin:

By the time Rolex introduced the GMT-Master II in 1983, the red and blue bezel insert from the original GMT-Master had already earned its now-legendary "Pepsi" nickname. While the half red, half black bezel insert from the "Coke GMT" is somewhat reminiscent of a full bottle of Coca-Cola with its red and white label, the "Coke" nickname most likely came about as a response to the previously well-established "Pepsi" nickname of the original version of the GMT-Master, with its red and blue bezel insert. To browse additional GMT models visit our used Rolex GMT watches for sale.

Rolex Coke Celebrity Associations:

Tim Roth, Hunter S. Thompson, Lance Armstrong

Unique Features for the Rolex Coke

A half red, half black, 24-hour bezel insert with silver text - made from aluminum.

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