Transitional Rolex GMT ref. 16750 with Quickset and Plastic Crystal

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Year of issue: 1984

Reference number: 16750

Serial number:

Condition: hardly worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

This is a solid example that looks vintage, yet has the modern function of a quickset date. This watch is ideal for someone searching for the aesthetics of this now-discontinued classic, yet the robustness of a more modern time piece. This transitional model is noted for having both the older plastic crystal, yet also the newer updated movement with the rapid-set date function. The pleasant patina heightens the authentic vintage look. 40mm. StockĀ 37890


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.