Rolex GMT-Master 16750 'Pepsi'

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This lovely transitional GMT-Master combines the vintage details of the reference 1675 with some notable technical improvements.The transitional reference 16750 was produced for just seven years, from 1981 until 1988. It was very similar to its predecessor, the 1675, but introduced a new automatic movement (the calibre 3075) that for the first time carried a quick-set date function.The 16750 carries the same thin case and plexi crystal as the 1675, but the modern glossy black dial with white-gold hour markers. This 16750 from 1983 contains an early execution of the glossy dial, sporting the text ‘OYSTER PERPETUAL’ instead of the ‘OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE’ found on later iterations. The white-gold surround hour markers and hands contain the original tritium that has patinated to a lovely custardy colour.As these watches were used heavily by their original owners, it is difficult to find cases that are not over polished. This case is in wonderful condition, with thick lugs and sharp edges, and the colours on the red/blue ‘Pepsi’ insert are super vibrant. The watch comes on a tight solid link Oyster bracelet.


Rolex GMT-MasterFasten your seatbelts for the story of the inimitable Rolex GMT-Master! As civil aviation took off after World War II, airlines began to fly over longer distances. As a result, pilots required accurate watches that could display multiple time zones simultaneously. In the early 1950s, Pan American Airways (Pan-Am) requested Rolex to develop a watch for this very purpose. The GMT-Master (‘GMT’ standing for ‘Greenwich Mean Time’) was introduced in 1954. It featured a 24-hour hand alongside the regular 12-hour hand. In combination with a bidirectional 24-hour bezel, this GMT hand could be used to read the home time zone while the 12-hour hand displayed the ‘local’ time.Despite its close links to aviation and its professional purpose, the Rolex GMT enjoys a fanbase far beyond the pilots it was originally intended for. Over the years Rolex has introduced many wonderful variations of the GMT: take your pick!‘Pepsi’ bezelThe red/ blue bezel inserts on steel GMTs are often referred to as ‘Pepsi bezels’ because people associate the color scheme with the famous soda company. However, the colors red and blue were actually taken from the Pan-Am logo and meant to indicate day (red) and night (blue).The Pepsi bezel was available for nearly sixty years until it was discontinued in 2007. In 2014, Rolex relaunched the beloved Pepsi bezel with the new Cerachrom insert, which was only available on the white-gold model. At Baselworld 2018, the Pepsi was reintroduced on a stainless steel model.


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