Rolex GMT Master Ref. 16758 with Ruby & Diamond Dial

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Model: ,

Year of issue: 1986

Reference number: 16758

Serial number: xxx125

Condition: hardly worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

An exceptional example of an early gem-set sport watch, offered in mint original condition. The piece is noted for its unpolished case with the original sticker still present on the case back and clear original beveled edges and perfectly preserved original bracelet. 40mm. Stock 42268


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.