The Rolex GMT is the jet-setting icon of the Rolex sports watch family. Like the Rolex Submariner, the Rolex GMT is sophisticated, rugged, and versatile.
In 1954 Pan Am started using the newly designed Boeing 707 which allowed for Pan Am to fly transcontinentally and is said to have started the commercially available jet age. In the same year, Rolex received a request from Pan Am to create a technical pilots watch which indicated two time zones simultaneously that could be issued by the airline to their crews on long-haul transcontinental international flights.
GMT or UTC stands for Greenwich Mean Time or Coordinated Universal Time which is the primary time standard by which the world regulates clocks and time. GMT or UTC is the time zone that is required for all aviation planning, weather forecasts, schedules, and other paperwork.
The original Rolex GMT Master has a fourth 24-hour hand directly displaying the same time zone as the standard 12-hour hand but on a 24-hour scale. This GMT hand enabled the crews to set the watch to GMT or another time zone, and, using the rotatable 24-hour scale bezel, set to the correct offset thus displaying a second-time-zone on the 24-hour scale.
This specific 1981 Rolex Two-Tone GMT Master Ref. 16753 is an excellent watch for the seamless switch from formal to casual making it the perfect daily driver for the businessman always on the go. The other convent feature of the ref 16753 is the quick set date feature of the Rolex 3075 caliber movement.
SS/ 18k YG
Metallic Brown "Nipple"
Rolex Two-Tone Jubilee 18K YG
CASE & BRACELET
The case has been previously lightly polished retaining thick and even lugs showing little wear from use. The 18k yellow gold bezel remains in excellent condition showing almost no wear. The two-tone Rolex 62523 H-18 stainless steel and 18k yellow gold Jubilee bracelet remains in good condition showing minimal wear and exhibits normal stretch for a bracelet of this style and age.
DIAL & HANDS
The metallic brown nipple dial is wonderful. There is very light hand drag underneath the hand stack that is not visible to the naked eye. The tritium lume plots have taken an excellent creamy coloration and show no lume loss when inspected under U.V. light. The original tritium hands have aged slightly lighter than the dial and show as fully intact under U.V. light inspection. The metallic gold date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.
The watch just received a full service and comes backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.