1987 Rolex Two Tone GMT Master (Ref. 16753) "Root Beer"
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 1987 Rolex GMT Master Ref. 16753 would make a great daily driver for the man always on the go and would make a great addition to an existing collection with a twist! Additionally, the 16753 possessed the transitional quick set rolex 3075 movements allowing for quick and easy date adjustment.
18K YG/ Stainless Steel
"Root Beer" Dial
Two Tone 62523-18k Jubilee Bracelet
CASE & BRACELET
The case of this 1987 Ref. 16713 has previously been polished but retains thick and full lugs. The "Root Beer" insert is in handsome flawless condition. The 18k YG bezel is free of any dents or dings and matches the overall feel and condition of the watch. The two-tone 62523-18 jubilee bracelet in 18K YG also remains in wonderful condition showing typical stretch for a bracelet of this era.
DIAL & HANDS
The early swiss only luminova service "Root Beer" dial remains in wonderful and flawless condition showing no discoloration and or lume degradation. The date wheel also appears to be a service date wheel as it down not possess open 6's or 9's.
The watch just received a full service and comes backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.