Rolex 18K Yellow Gold GMT Ref. 16758 with Nipple Dial

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Model: , ,

Year of issue: 1982

Reference number: 16758

Serial number: 7474xxx

Condition: hardly worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

An attractive transitional example, with the earlier nipple dial, yet later sapphire crystal and quickset date, this handsome GMT further boasts an impeccably-preserved original Jubilee bracelet, beautiful patina, original date wheel and unpolished case. This model wears well as both a sport or dress watch and has an authentic vintage look. 40mm. Stock 42610


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.