Rolex Yellow Gold GMT-Master Diamond Ruby Sapphire Watch Ref. 16758

Year of issue: 1984
Reference number: 16758
Condition: mint
Status: available
Dealer country: United States
Price in US $ 375,000


Brand: Rolex Model: GMT-Master Reference: 16758 Year: 1984 Material: 18k YG Dial Color: Original Pave Diamond with Sapphire Markers Dimensions: 40 mm Watch Movement: Self-Winding Bracelet/Strap: Original Yellow Gold and Diamond Rolex Bracelet Box/Paper: Handmade Travel Pouch SKU: 169646 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.