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What makes The Rolex GMT Pepsi so desirable?

The Rolex GMT Pepsi

When you hear the word ‘Pepsi’, the first thought to strike your mind is the famous black sugary soda. But for a watch lover, the term hits different. Since last month, Pepsi has been on the lips of all Rolex enthusiasts. And, why not! The famous Rolex pilot’s watch with a bi-colour bezel (iconic blue and red) has everyone talking. It is known as ‘PEPSI’.

‘Pepsi’ is the name of the latest US£10,180.73 Rolex GMT- Master II. The timepiece arrived back in 1954, and its moniker has been presented its moniker because of the striking blue and red bezel colour.

However, if you’re looking to get a quick loan against a Rolex watch, get in touch with the most trusted pawnbrokers in London at The Luxury Hut.

Before disclosing the Top 6 variants of this most desirable model, let’s dig into its history.

Brief History about the ROLEX GMT-MASTER

The first Rolex Pepsi appeared in the mid-1950s. Rolex has made the red and blue bezel in aluminium, Bakelite, and now Cerachrom ceramic. A Rolex Pepsi timepiece came out in 2014 with an 18ct white gold, and the cost was £27,811.77.

However, the famous timepiece’s Jubilee five-piece links bracelet design made its first appearance in 1945. This model was considered a bit outdated by the younger generation.

6 Most Interesting Facts to know about the iconic GMT MASTER PEPSI

  • The first-ever red and blue Rolex GMT came out in 1954 with a Bakelite bezel.
  • Rolex 6542 is known by the nickname ‘Pussy Galore’ after actress Honor Blackman’s sported the watch throughout the 1964 James Bond movie ‘Goldfinger’.
  • Rolex replaced the Bakelite bezel with a metal bezel in 1956 until 1959
  • One of the most sought-after classic Rolex ‘Pepsi’ models (1959-1980) is 1675. This variant is prevalent for its reliable calibre 1565 and 1575 movements.
  • Many vintage watch fanatics believe that the creamy colour of the hour markers caused by ageing is a cream.
  • Many big names like Dizzy Gillespie, artist Pablo Picasso, and Che Guevara, and Fidel Castro wore the model.

The Rolex Pepsi GMT is probably one of the most easily recognizable watches on the planet. The model is for the pilots in the era of transcontinental flights.

Did you know that the Iconic Blue and Red from the Pepsi variant hold a secret message?

The colours of Pan American Airways have inspired the characteristic red and blue bezel. After all, they are the ones to commission the watch from Rolex. And, for watch lovers, the colours red and blue represent the difference between day and night. The stunning Rolex Pepsi keeps evolving through the years, and each of them bears a striking colour-way.

Let’s check out the most prominent models that are available with a Pepsi bezel.

6 most popular ROLEX PEPSI models are:

1. GMT-Master Ref. 6542

Production Year: 1954-1959

Metal: Stainless Steel 38mm case

Bezel: Bakelite Pepsi

Calibre: 1036, 1065, and 1066

Key Factor:

  • The Rolex GMT Master Ref. 6542 line started with a request from Pan Am Airways. They wanted a watch to display a second-time zone and show the time for both departures and destination airports.
  • The first Rolex GMT-Master came out in 1954
  • The first-ever GMT-Master model was the Ref.6542 that came in an iconic blue and red bezel. It was made of Bakelite and had no crown guards.
  • The GMT-Master 6542 model soon earned the name ‘Pussy Galore’ amongst the fans.

2. GMT-Master Ref. 1675

Production Year: 1959-1980

Metal: Stainless steel 40mm case with new crown guards

Bezel: Aluminum Pepsi bezel

Dials: Gilt-gloss or matte black

Calibre: 1565 or 1575

Key Factor:

  • The Rolex GMT-Master 1675 was one of the longest-running models in the history of Rolex.
  • Till the 1960s, the extra hour hand of the model had a small arrow. A more sizeable red-coloured arrowhead changed this.
  • Matte dials changed the early gilt dials during 1966
  • Ref.1675 was the first Rolex sports watch that was available in both Jubilee and Oyster bracelets.

3. GMT-Master Ref.16750

Production Year: 1980-1988

Metal: Stainless steel 40mm case

Bezel: Aluminum Pepsi or Black bezel

Dials: Matte or Glossy

Calibre: 3075 with quickset date

Key Factor:

  • The Rolex Ref.16750 features a quickset date which allows the date to be set independently from the hour hand.
  • This model features a hacking feature. When you pull the crown, the secondhand stops, allowing the wearer to set a precise time.
  • The feature of water resistance is improved.
  • The 16750 variant is a transitional model under the Rolex GMT-Master II.

4. GMT-Master Ref.16700/ 16710

Production Year: 1988-2007

Metal: Stainless Steel 40mm case

Bezel: Aluminum Pepsi, Black, and Coke bezel

Dials: Glossy

Crystal: Sapphire

Calibre: 3175, 3185, 3186

Key Factor:

  • The Rolex Ref.16700 is the brand’s last ‘Fixed’ GMT movement watch
  • The Pepsi colour-way came in the Ref.16710 edition
  • A sleeker case replaced the thicker case of the 16760
  • A sapphire crystal replaced the acrylic one in 16700
  • The Rolex GMT-Master II 16710 is the last variant to sport a Pepsi bezel made of anodized aluminium

5. GMT-Master Ref.116719 BLRO

Production Year: 2014-2018

Metal: White Gold

Bezel: Cerachrom bezel

Bracelet: Oyster

Calibre: 3186

Key Factor:

  • The 116719 BLRO comes in 18k white gold rather than stainless steel
  • The Triplock system replaced the Twin-lock crown, which features three sealed zones for more sturdiness
  • This model can better withstand higher magnetic fields and temperature changes

6. GMT-Master Ref.126710 BLRO

Production Year: 2018-present

Metal: Oyster steel 40mm case

Bezel: Cerachrom Pepsi bezel

Bracelet: Oyster or Jubilee

Calibre: 3285

Key Factor:

  • The 126710 BLRO brings back the Pepsi to the sports watch roots
  • The new variant offers 70hours of power reserve and a precision of +2/-2 seconds/ day
  • The Jubilee bracelet is unlike any other Jubilee material. And is designed especially for the 126710 BLRO.

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5 Rare Gold Coins in the UK with Surprisingly High Values

rare gold coins

Coins are among the world’s rarest forms of currency. People have always been enchanted with valuable and rare coins. And coin collecting is a popular and profitable sort of collection. However, the value of a gold coins is widely determined based on several factors. It includes the surviving number, the initial number of the mint produced, the condition, the meltdown value/composition and more.

Well, you may possess a valuable piece of currency in your drawer without knowing it. So let’s take a look at some of the rarest and highly valuable UK coins that are worth looking out for.

rare gold coins

Nonetheless, are you wondering that pawnbroking coins or selling them can be the best way to secure some fast cash? Keep reading till the end to get your answer.

Edward III “Double Leopard” Gold Florin

This Edward III Gold Florin was minted in 1344, and you will hardly find the coin in regular circulation. If you are a metal detecting enthusiast, you can keep up the hope. The Edward II “Double Leopard” Gold Coin was excavated in 1857 in the River Tyne along with the other two coins.

The original value of this rare gold piece was six shillings or nearly 30 pence in the current money. However, the coin was sold privately in 2006 for about £460,000.

George V Penny 1993

You will be fascinated to know that the George V Penny 1933 is a ‘pattern coin’, which makes this UK coin so unique. This coin was actually an archetype that did not ever go into production. However, only four George V Penny gold coins are available.

Very few coins were in production in 1933 because the Royal Mint manufactured many coins the previous year. Nonetheless, this UK coin sold in 2016 for about £72,000.

George V Sovereign 1917

Minted during World War I in London, this coin was not particularly rare. This is because about 1 million sovereigns were manufactured for reserves of the Bank of England. Moreover, virtually all the coins helped pay for the war after being exported to the USA. They supposedly stayed in Fort Knox and eventually underwent melting to make bars.

In 2012, a George V Sovereign fetched £11,000 at an auction.

Elizabeth II 1983 Two Pence Gold Coin

These coins are rarer and highly valuable, thanks to a technical error. Sound interesting? The fact is that every coin until 1982 featured “New Pence” engraved on its rear side. However, after 1982, the mint production house changed the wording to manifest the coin’s value.

Interestingly, a series of two pence coins with wrong wording turned up in 1983. And the Royal Mint is not sure about the total numbers of the coins produced with this error. Well, the Elizabeth II 1983 Two Pence Gold Coins sold for more than £500 at auction.

Elizabeth II Bank of England 300th Anniversary 1994 Two Pound Coin

This Elizabeth II Two Pound Gold Coin turned up for commemorating the Bank of England’s 300 years. However, these coins are 22ct gold proof and are 1000 in numbers. Their value is about £2,500.

Well, you may not have these exceedingly rare gold coins in your collection. But you may have others, and the one in your drawer can be worth a significant amount of money. And your gold coin can indeed serve as an excellent asset to use as collateral for a pawn loan.

Get an instant loan against your gold from the trusted pawnbrokers online, The Luxury Hut. What you have to do is fill in an online form with details of your gold asset. Or call on 0207 242 9160 to obtain a free loan quote right away and book an appointment at our Hatton Garden office. Unlike many pawnbrokers, we pay spot cash.

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