1979 Rolex Two Tone GMT-Master (Ref. 16753) *Heavy Patina*
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 1979 Rolex Two-Tone GMT Master Ref. 1675 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/ 14K YG
Gloss Black "Nipple Dial"
2pc Suede Leather Strap "Black"
CASE & BRACELET
The thick and honest case has been previously lightly polished and shows light wear. The 14k YG bezel has been lightly polished, remaining free of any dents or dings and matches the overall feel and condition of the watch. The bezel shows wear at the "22" and "6" positions, but is otherwise in decent condition.
DIAL & HANDS
The heavy patina original nipple dial has faded to a grayish coloration giving the dial a slight matte finishing. The dial markers retain their original tritium lume which has faded to an excellent orange coloration. The original hands show oxidation and the lume has taken on an interesting dark green/gray coloration, the hands remain fully intact showing no lume loss when inspected under U.V. light. The 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.