Rolex Late Plastic Crystal GMT ref. 16750 with Beautiful Patina

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Model: , ,

Year of issue: 1985

Reference number: 16750

Serial number: 8909xxx

Condition: hardly worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

A transitional model, showing the evolution of this illustrious model, this piece is noted for retaining the classic plastic crystal, yet the newer dial, with white gold surrounds. Note the beautiful patina on the hands and markers. Note the gently-faded original insert. This model seems like a bargain compared to its matte dial counterparts. Bracelet #78360 with #580 end pieces. 40mm. Stock 42968


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.