1982 Rolex GMT Master Unpolished Ref. 16750

Year of issue: 1982
Reference number: 16750
Condition: mint
Status: sold
Dealer country: Dubai
Price in US $ n/a


16750 Matte dial       - Here's a great example of the last GMT Master series with matte dial. Visually there isn't any difference to the earlier reference 1675 however the movement has gone through a major upgrade allowing the date to be changed in quickset mode. The example offered here is in excellent condition featuring a sharp and unpolished case showing beautiful factory finishing, equally on the Oyster bracelet which remains tight and sharp. The dial is very well preserved and does not show any signs of wear bearing original Tritium plots and hands which have aged to a vanilla color. The bezel is sharp and holding a nicely faded insert with the red portion having aged from red to a warm rose color. Overall a very strong GMT Master ticking all the boxes.

Brand Rolex
Model GMT Master
Ref. No. 16750
Serial No. 7227XXX
Year 1982
Gender Gents
Case Size 40mm
Case Excellent unpolished case that is showing light wear from age. The case is showing original factory finish with  beautiful and crisp bevels. Bezel insert in great condition with a beautiful fading on the red portion.
Bracelet / Strap Excellent 78360 Oyster with 580 ends not showing much stretch from age. The bracelet has 11 links
Dial Excellent or better flawless matte dial with original Tritium luminous and matching hands. The luminous material has aged to beautiful vanilla color
Price Sold
Crystal Acrylic
Movement Automatic
Functions Date, GMT
Condition Mint
Box No
Papers No


Tariq Malik


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.