Rolex GMT-Master 16753

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The GMT-Master had always been a purpose-built, stainless steel pilot’s watch. The introduction of the two-tone 16753 in the 1980s signified Rolex’ shift from a tool watch to a luxury brand.This ref. 16753 GMT-Master combines the vintage details of the ref. 1675 with some notable technical improvements. The watch namely sports the improved caliber 3075, which for the first time implemented the quickset date function in the GMT line. Continuing with the modern details, it is one of the first GMTs to feature applied hour markers with 18k gold surrounds.On the other hand, the 16753 sports the vintage plexi crystal together with a nice matte-black dial with gilt text. This example dates back to 1986 and comes with a black bezel inlay. The stainless steel case—measuring 40 mm in diameter—is nice and thick. The watch comes with a sporty-chic 18k yellow-gold and stainless steel Oyster bracelet that is in excellent condition.

Introduction

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!

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