Early Gold Rolex GMT Ref. 16758 C1981

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Year of issue: 1981

Reference number: 16758

Serial number: 8510xxx

Condition: hardly worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

A mint example of a GMT showing the evolution of the model, this would have been one of the first gold GMTs offered with a luminous matte dial after the discontinuing of the nipple dials. Note the mint overall condition, including the original Jubilee bracelet, soft patina of the luminous and superior case condition. Vintage gold GMTs offer excellent value compared to gold Submariners, making this an attractive choice on yet another level. 40mm. Stock 41572


Joshua Bonifas


The GMT-Master was developed to meet the specific needs of airline pilots. It became the official watch of several airlines, among them the famous Pan American World Airways, better known as Pan Am. Its most distinguishing visual feature was the two-tone bezel which marked daytime from nighttime hours.


As intercontinental travel developed in the 1950s, airliners began to fly swiftly across several successive time zones. For the first time it became important to know the time in various places in the world, simultaneously. It was the dawn of the jet age, and Rolex responded with a watch to match the spirit of the times.