1982 Rolex GMT Master (Ref. 16750) "Pepsi"
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 the long-haul international flights.
GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time - the time zone which 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 1982 Rolex GMT Master Ref. 16750 retains its original dial and hands. The tritium lume has achieved a pleasing eggshell coloration and the watch retains its original "Pepsi" bezel insert and 78360 Rolex oyster bracelet. This specific example would make a great daily driver for the man always on the go and would make a great addition to an existing collection as the Ref.16750 is not only classic it is extremely functional and handsome on the wrist!
|Dial||Black WG Surrounds|
|Strap||Rolex 78360 Oyster Bracelet 580 Ends|
The case has been previously polished but retains nice thick lugs. The original Rolex 78360 bracelet with 580 ends does show some light stretch normal from use and retains 12 links. The original "Pepsi" insert is free from any scratches and retains a deep blue and red coloration without any visible fading.
The matte black dial is in a flawless and original condition free of any blemishing or marks. The tritium lume plots and hands have taken on a nice off-white eggshell-like patina. The hour hand appears to have been replaced at some point with luminova hand. When the dial and hands are inspected under U.V. light they show no lume degradation. The original date disc displays the era correct open 6's and 9's.
None. Watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty.