Watches copies are forever. We own them our whole lives and pass them down to those we love. That’s one way to look at it. Another way is to realize that every watch gets discontinued at some point. Depending on the model, that can lead to a tremendous rise in monetary value. This past week, Danny Milton wrote about the existential dilemma that came with owning his own luxury replica Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman” – a watch discontinued in 2019. For this week’s Sunday Rewind, we thought we’d take a look at a pair of discontinued GMT’s of Rolex past.
In 2014, the Crown released the watch everyone was waiting for: A modern “Pepsi” Rolex GMT-Master II fake with black dial. There was only one catch – it was in white gold, meaning not stainless steel.
A year later, we went hands-on with that watch and pitted it against the older Pepsi reference 16710 with its aluminum (as opposed to ceramic) bezel, steel case, and older bracelet. This article is a fun high/low look at two aesthetically similar watches at vastly different price points – though the 16710 continues to rise in value every day. This one goes out to the discontinued.