When making the argument for why I think two-tone works so well, I often bring up contrast. A two-tone watch is simply interesting to look at. The Root Beer GMT, while a knockout in solid gold, just loses its extra pop when not in two-tone. Rolex replica also made its famous Datejust Oysterquartz in two-tone, which is basically retro on retro. My favorite is the blue dial copy Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz, which has excellent contrast and handsome looks.
I will grant the haters this much: Two-tone photographs poorly. The gold sometimes looks unpleasantly yellow against the steel, and if you’re working with a matching gold (or champagne) dial, the whole package looks quite drab when captured through a lens. I suspect this accounts for its popularity lag during most of the social-media era. Two-tone wasn’t built for the gram. It reveals its pleasures the old-fashioned way: IRL.
One last point. Everybody loves a tropical Rolex fake watch with gold and steel bracelet, right? But when your vintage Sub or GMT patinas, when its markers and hands turn that desirable yellow color, what really happens? The watch effectively becomes two-tone. So, let’s not forget that the next time we’re scrolling through our social feeds and seeing those shots of aged lume. Two-tone is two-tone. It takes many forms – all equally and uniquely beautiful.