Rolex GMT-Master 16758Sold
Rolex GMT-Master 16758
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Doesn’t this olive beauty look positively delicious?
We love vintage sports watches because they combine the rugged aesthetic of a toolwatch with the elegant design cues of yesteryear. Take this wonderful ref. 16758 GMT-Master from 1982: it’s undoubtedly a sports watch but much sleeker and thinner than its contemporary brethren.
More importantly, the 16758 trades in the no-nonsense 40 mm stainless steel Oyster case for a luxurious 18k yellow gold one, here with a matching 18k yellow gold Jubilee bracelet. The 18k yellow gold rotating bezel features an anodized aluminium inlay that has faded to an exceptional olive color with some mustard undertones. The glossy nipple dial with gilt printing has also experienced beautiful patination, acquiring a lovely bronze hue with fiery red accents.
This 16758 runs on the upgraded caliber 3075 automatic movement, which introduced the quickset date function in the GMT line. The watch is in excellent condition with thick lugs and sharp lines. The bracelet features some stretch, but is in good condition considering it’s nearly 40 years old.
Fasten 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!