1984 Rolex GMT Master Unpolished Ref. 16750

Year of issue: 1984
Reference number: 16750
Condition: mint
Status: available
Dealer country: Dubai
Price in US $ 15,900


The Transitional      -      the 16750 is the last reference which bears a plexi crystal and is really considered as vintage before the sapphire models were introduced. This reference had a short production run from ca 1978 until 1986 and was made in two dial variants. The earlier version was the matte diel, not much different from the earlier matte 1675 dials. The latter one was a new dial variant at the time. It had a mirror glossy surface and white gold surrounds around the Tritium plots. It was a way to protect the dial itself from a possible luminous deterioration. This very gilt-dial looking variant was only produced for a ca.3 year production run and in two sub variants. The earlier of the two did not carry the word 'Date' in the second line on the dial (Oyster Perpetual Date in the later one.). If we sum that up we are speaking about a actually very rare dial version. The current watch offered here has such an early dial variant and is very fascinating. The mirror gloss in combination with the surrounded and patina'd lumes shows beautiful reflections when the right light falls. It is very mesmerizing to play around with the sunlight. Further the case and bracelet of this example are unpolished and retained in untouched factory condition making this a rare opportunity to acquire a great quality example of the last real Vintage GMT Master.

SKU 1.1.861
Brand Rolex
Model GMT Master
Ref. No. 16750
Serial No. 8523XXX
Year 1984
Gender Gents
Case Size 40mm
Case Very strong unpolished case still bearing the beautiful and sharp factory bevels. The lugs are fat and well defined like we expect them in unpolished state. The numbers between the lugs are crisp and fully intact
Bracelet / Strap Excellent and matching 78360 solid Oyster bracelet only showing little wear from age. The clasp is stamped I4 dating it to April 1984
Dial Very attractive glossy dial with white gold surrounds. The surface is showing some subtle aging visible under magnification. The original Tritium on dial and hands has aged to a beautiful and strong cream color
Price AED 58,430 / USD 15,900
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.