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    Opinions on the Jubilee bracelet on a Rolex GMT ref 16710 Coke

    As the title says, just want some opinions as of now my Rolex GMT ref 16710 is at RSC for service. It wasn't in great shape when I dropped it off, needs a new bezel assembly, new sapphire glass, crown and the oyster bracelet is kind of stretched. Its going to cost just shy of £1k for the service and parts.

    I have a small dilemma. As the original bracelet is looking a bit sad I'm thinking of getting a Jubilee bracelet to replace it. What do you guys think? Is it worth £900?

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    Depends on what £900 means to you? In my view it absolutely is money well spent as it's so iconic with the GMT, and so comfortable to wear. Means you have 2 choices of bracelet also which if teamed up with the 3 bezel inserts means 6 different watches in 1. Sounds like good value to me.

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    When you say your current bracelet is looking a bit sad you could also think about having it restored.

    £250/300 will get you a brand new looking bracelet.

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    Opinions on the Jubilee bracelet on a Rolex GMT ref 16710 Coke

    Unless prices have shot up, I got a nice, used jubilee from MarcJ of this parish for £350 last year so he might have one (Marc is a reputable dealer and great guy).

    I think these watches look great on jubilee by the way but is always best to have both imho

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    Is that price based on an exchange Jubilee bracelet - do they retain the oyster bracelet ?

    I recall several mentions of a chap in Hong Kong who can restore badly worn bracelets ?

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    I have a 16710 that I bought with an Oyster bracelet.

    I had a Coke besel fitted and slapped a Jubilee as well. The Jubilee really enhances the watch and the wife agrees.

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    I have a Pepsi 16710, and I have both oyster and jubilee bracelets. I really like the look of the jubilee, and I occasionally switch to the jubilee, but inevitably it ends up going back on the Oyster in fairly short order, don't know why. Although the Jubilee is comfortable it just seems to suit and fit better on the Oyster. So would I personally spend £900 on an oyster? Probably not.

    (Right now I have it on a a blue Erikas MN strap with red stripe, and it looks particularly well in my opinion)

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    Pictures I took of the bracelet just before dropping off at RSC.

    My main concern is the Jubilee would make the watch look a bit dressier and I'm more into the utilitarian tool watch look. I'm not sure if I'd like it in the long term.

    Actually, blow it, I'm going get a jubilee and as someone has said get the oyster fixed up so I can change change them around whenever I feel like it.

    Thanks for the replies.

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    I bought a 2nd hand jubilee from a member here for £550-it was in good shape.
    I think it dresses the GMTs up a bit and with Rolex sticking them on the modern GMTs then they are "on trend".
    I'm not sure if I don't still prefer the oyster if I'm honest but nice for a change up.

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    Nice to have options but I much prefer the oyster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost Chilli View Post
    Nice to have options but I much prefer the oyster.
    Same here TBH - never been a fan of the Jubilee.
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    splash out they look great on a jubilee


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    When I was in Rolex St James for something else I asked the girl behind the counter about the jubilee price. She said £900, but also that if I waited until a service they can maybe bundle it in cheaper. Be interested if thatís the case?


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    That chap in HK is Michael Young aka The Bracelet Magician
    Hav a look at his site :
    www.classicwatchrepair.com

    He's just recently fixed the Oyster bracelet on my 1993 Sub 16610 Brilliant job.Came back as new.Very reasonable prices.

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    From a purely personal perspective, I do not like fussy (loads of different sized links, mesh etc.) bracelets and I'd class the jubilee in that category. I would have the oyster bracelet refurbished and stick with that. However, the only decision that matters is what you prefer as it's your watch.

    I used to own a 16710 pepsi for which I also had a coke bezel but sold it on here as 40mm is just a bit small for me. It was the hardest decision but I know it went to a good home.

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    I think itís worth it personally I had a 16710 a while ago serviced and opted to not change the oyster bracelet, it drove me mad in the end as the case looked brand new and the bracelet didnít, although yours doesnít look too bad


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    I had both on mine and for me I couldn't get away with the Jubilee, it was sold within days...

    Oyster every time...

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    GMT just feels right on a Jubilee for some reason to me. I like the fact it's dressier on what I feel is a "posher" watch than a tool watch like a sub.

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    Jubilee all the way

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    Much prefer the jubilee on the GMT. In fact, if anyone has a bracelet for a 16710 let me know!

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    Would be interested to see a Milgauss on a Jubilee... know it's not an official option and may not be possible to fit but can't help thinking it would look well.

    Anyway, I'd do it and have the choice OP

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    Looks great on both...but my marginal preference remains the Oyster...


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    Quote Originally Posted by 11erv View Post
    Looks great on both...but my marginal preference remains the Oyster...

    I have to say was leaning towards the jubilee, but side by side I think your right oyster has it


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    +1 for the Oyster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11erv View Post
    Looks great on both...but my marginal preference remains the Oyster...

    Prefer the oyster but when shown like that I don't think either looks bad and quite a close call.

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    Personally I prefer the oyster, I don't like the way the jubilee isn't flush between the lugs.

    However, on a separate note, does anyone question why this is called the Coke? It's black and red, but Coke's colours are red and white.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11erv View Post
    Looks great on both...but my marginal preference remains the Oyster...

    Lovely pic and great watches, i notice the font on the right hand bezel insert is noticeably fatter than the left - are they both period correct bezel inserts or is one a service replacement etc? Actually looking again the fonts are completely different.

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    I won't quote it again but great photo 11erv, a superb example of how the bracelet completely changes the watch. I still think it's Jubilee all the way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~dadam02~ View Post
    Lovely pic and great watches, i notice the font on the right hand bezel insert is noticeably fatter than the left - are they both period correct bezel inserts or is one a service replacement etc? Actually looking again the fonts are completely different.
    The one on the right is the original insert. The one on the left I had fitted at Rolex St James a couple of years ago to replace the original (fat font) faded insert. The difference is very noticeable, side by side.

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    Jubilee every day.

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    Oyster for me. The stretch in jubilees irritates me.

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    Jubilee on a GMT for me.

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    Opinions on the Jubilee bracelet on a Rolex GMT ref 16710 Coke

    To answer the original question, I believe personally that it is worth the £900. It would be good to get the jubilee but also have the oyster restored, that way youíre not eliminating options.

    Itís quite easy to express a binary preference, but with both on hand youíll find that your preference changes with the circumstances, and itís fun to switch things around.





    Ok, I know the last two arenít even 16710s!

    Iíll dig around to see if Iíve got a picture of the coke on jubilee configuration.
    Last edited by colin t; 9th November 2019 at 09:05.

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    ^^^ I do like a nice 16750, Colin, and actually let the most perfect example go a few years ago. What an idiot.



    Anyway, agree with what you say - both offer lovely alternatives, although my personal preference is, marginally, the jubilee. I think I'll try to get hold of one.
    Last edited by learningtofly; 9th November 2019 at 09:18.

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    ^^ I can see why that would smart Tony. I thought Iíd done pretty well finding good examples but that one really is something else.

    But donít worry, you donít even like vintage any more! Phew

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    ^^^ I do like a nice 16750, Colin, and actually let the most perfect example go a few years ago. What an idiot.



    Anyway, agree with what you say - both offer lovely alternatives, although my personal preference is, marginally, the jubilee. I think I'll try to get hold of one.
    My old watch...Iíd forgotten about that one. How did we manage to let that one go?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11erv View Post
    My old watch...Iíd forgotten about that one. How did we manage to let that one go?!
    Donít worry, John. It appears quite a few of us made this particular error!


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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    ^^^ I do like a nice 16750, Colin, and actually let the most perfect example go a few years ago. What an idiot.



    Anyway, agree with what you say - both offer lovely alternatives, although my personal preference is, marginally, the jubilee. I think I'll try to get hold of one.
    My god that's stunning. Too much 20:20 on TZUK. The pain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thom4711 View Post
    Don’t worry, John. It appears quite a few of us made this particular error!


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    Quote Originally Posted by wileeeeeey View Post
    My god that's stunning. Too much 20:20 on TZUK. The pain!
    Indeed!

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    Wow that 16750!!! What a beauty! Thatís is the reason I can never prefer a later 5 digit version over it.

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    I like them both, Jubilee and Oyster.

    For me, Coke/black inlays belong on Oyster and Pepsi (especially faded) on Jubilee.
    When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser - probably not Socrates

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raffe View Post
    I like them both, Jubilee and Oyster.

    For me, Coke/black inlays belong on Oyster and Pepsi (especially faded) on Jubilee.
    Absolutely the right options imo.
    It's just a matter of time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by colin t View Post




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    That 16750 on the oyster is the perfect GMT for me
    Maxi dial and fat font insert with lovely patina on hands and indices

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    I prefer the Oyster but youíve got me thinking, maybe I should try the Jubilee on my GMT? Itís a bit more dressy.


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