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Rolex Pepsi Bezels -- Red vs. Blue back?

  1. RawArcher Measures thread drift on the Richter Scale Dec 20, 2014

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    Can someone please explain the significance of the color on the back side of a Rolex Pepsi bezel? Sometimes red, sometimes blue. Best I can tell through many Google searches is that red existed in earlier 1675s and blue came later in the 80s or so and also fit the 16750? I have a nicely aged 1969 1675 with a replacement Pepsi bezel and am considering getting a nicely faded bezel to match the rest of the watch. Just want to make sure I get the right thing. Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks, Tom
     
  2. omegastar Dec 20, 2014

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    As your Gmt is from 1969, you should get a red back insert. Blue back insert are either 16750 (which will fit in your bezel) or for mineral glass models like 16710, 16760,...
    Furthermore you should find a fat font insert, always look at the number 18 on the insert to find a gap between the two digits, this way you will be sure it is a vintage insert.
    Look on VRF ( network54 ) they have a good market for Rolex genuine parts.
    Good luck.
     
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  3. RawArcher Measures thread drift on the Richter Scale Dec 20, 2014

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    Excellent. Thank you!
     
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  4. jud Dec 21, 2014

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    Thanks for that information. I never understood what made a fat font insert.
     
  5. kyle L Grasshopper Staff Member Dec 21, 2014

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    Thin font vs fat font:

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    I have seen fat font inserts going for $600+. I was lucky to pick this one up.
     
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  6. TLIGuy Dec 23, 2014

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    $600 is a steal. I'm on the hunt for a nice FF insert for my GMT. Ebay is not a bad place to pick them up but the prices have recently soared into the $900-$1500 range. That's just crazy money.