Rolex Original “SARU” GMT-Master, Ref. 16758

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Year of issue: 1984

Reference number: 16758

Serial number: 8,51X,XXX

Condition: mint

Status: available

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: 325,000

Watch details

Brand: Rolex Model: GMT-Master Reference: 16758 Gender: Gents Year: 1984 Material: 18k YG Dial Color: Pave Diamond with Sapphire Markers Dimensions: 40mm Watch Movement: Self-Winding Bracelet/Strap: Yellow Gold Diamond Bracelet Box/Paper: Leather Travel Case Condition: Like New, Worn a Few Times SKU: 157938

The original Rolex GMT SARU is one of the rarest Rolex models of all time. Very few were produced and only a handful have ever appeared on the market. This SARU, short for Sapphires and Rubies, was produced in 1984 and is in phenomenal original condition.


Justin Gruenberg


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.