Rolex GMT-Master II ‘Pepsi’
A GMT Rolex is the ultimate globetrotter’s watch, even if that concept exists only in theory right now. Introduced in 1955 with the iconic red and white 24-hour scale on the bezel, it earned the nickname ‘Pepsi’. (A red and black ‘Coke’ appeared in 1983). The most recent version in steel adds a state of the art movement and a dressier ‘jubilee’ bracelet. Other than that, the design has changed little in 60 years – though you can file this under timeless, rather than vintage.
Rolex Explorer 1016
Sitting somewhere between a sports and a dress watch, the Explorer 1016 was in production for almost 30 years before being retired in 1989. As the name suggests it was made for explorers, and comes equipped with Paraflex shock absorbers to give it a higher shock resistance. But it’s really all about the handsomely proportioned dial, with its period detail numerals and matte finish. Ian Fleming owned a Ref 1016.