*Unpolished* 1985 Rolex GMT-Master (Ref. 16750) Tiffany & Co. "Spider Dial"
The Rolex GMT is the jet-setting icon of the Rolex sports watch family. The history of this sophisticated, versatile style dates back to 1954 when Rolex received a request from Pan Am to create a technical pilots watch that could indicate two time zones simultaneously. As advances in aviation made transcontinental flights commercially available Pan Am needed a watch that could be issued to their crews on long-haul international flights.
GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time - the time zone that regulates world clocks and is required for all aviation planning and schedules. The Rolex GMT Master has a fourth 24-hour hand that directly displays the same time zone as the standard 12-hour hand but on a 24-hour scale. The addition of this GMT hand enabled crews to set the watch to GMT or another time zone, and, using the rotating 24-hour scale bezel, correct the offset to display a second-time-zone on the 24-hour scale. This feature is just as useful today, allowing the modern traveler to easily keep track of his home time zone, no matter how far he may have journeyed.
The Rolex Ref. 16750 was first introduced in 1979 and was in production until 1988. The main difference between the Rolex GMT ref Ref. 1675 and the 16750 was the introduction of the Cal. 3075 movement which allowed for instantaneous date advancement also known as "quick set"
This specific 1985 Rolex GMT Master Ref. 16750 is insanely special for a couple of reasons. For starters, the case is unpolished retaining its factory finishing with the chamfers on the lugs clearly visible. This specific example retains its original dial and hands as well as its original bezel insert. The tritium lume has achieved a nice ivory patina with the dial acquiring a lovely spidering effect on the lacquering of the dial. But "Look Closer" yes this specific 16750 reference was retailed by Tiffany & Co. which makes this insanely rare and also insanely cool! This example would make a great daily driver for the man always on the go who needs a little extra something special!
|Dial||Black WG Surrounds "Spider" Tiffany & Co.|
|Strap||Rolex 62510H Jubilee Bracelet W/ 550 End Pieces|
The unpolished case is in beautiful condition with light honest signs of use, showing original chamfers and factory finishing. The original "Pepsi" bezel insert remains deep red and blue, showing no noticeable fading or excessive wear. The original Rolex 62510H Jubilee bracelet with 550 end pieces remains unpolished in excellent condition, exhibiting very little wear and light stretch from normal use.
The original glossy black "Tiffany & Co." dial has taken on an attractive and desirable spidering patina that is even and consistent throughout the dial. The white gold surround tritium lume plots have aged to a charming ivory patina, showing no lume loss or degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly and exhibit no degradation under U.V. light. The date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty.