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Rolex 16750 GMT-Master Ultimate Buying Guide

Paul Altieri

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In the ever-evolving world of luxury timepieces, few watches carry the weight of history, innovation, and sheer iconic status quite like the Rolex 16750 GMT-Master. A symbol of adventure, precision, and style, the GMT-Master has adorned the wrists of pilots, globetrotters, and style icons since its inception. At Bob’s Watches, we understand the gravity of choosing not just any Rolex, but the Rolex that speaks to your spirit of adventure and impeccable taste. That’s why we’ve meticulously crafted the ultimate buying guide for the Rolex 16750 GMT-Master, ensuring you make an informed decision on a watch that’s much more than a timepiece—it’s a legacy. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or on the cusp of your first Rolex acquisition, our guide is tailored to illuminate the path to your perfect match, blending historical insights, expert advice, and the nuanced details that set the 16750 apart.

About the GMT-Master ref. 16750

The Rolex GMT-Master 16750 is a vintage watch that was produced from the late 1970s to the late 1980s. The dual-color blue and red bezel quickly earned the nickname “Rolex Pepsi” and propelled its popularity among watch enthusiasts.

It is a successor to the GMT-Master model, which was introduced in 1954 and was designed for pilots to track multiple time zones. The GMT-Master 16750 is similar to the original GMT-Master, but it has a number of updates and upgrades that set it apart.

One of the main differences between the GMT-Master 16750 and the original GMT-Master is the movement. The 16750 has a caliber 3075 movement, which was a significant improvement over the caliber 1575 movement used in the earlier model. The 3075 movement has a quickset date function and a hacking seconds feature, which allows the watch to be set to the exact second.

Other notable features of the GMT-Master 16750 include an acrylic crystal, and a bezel that is available in several colors, including black, red and blue. The 16750 also has a case that is slightly larger than the original GMT-Master, measuring 40mm in diameter.

Rolex 16750 GMT-Master Pepsi Bezel

The Rolex Caliber 3075

The then-new GMT-Master ref. 16750 was equipped with the Rolex Caliber 3075. This automatic mechanical movement – beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour – introduced the quickset feature to the famous Rolex pilot watch collection. The quickset date feature allows setting the date independent of the hour hand.

Therefore, the wearer adjusts the date by simply turning the crown rather than continuously turning the center hands around the dial until you get to the right date. This is a particularly practical function that saves plenty of time and effort. The availability of the quickset changed the order of the center hands where the GMT-hand now came before the hour hand. The GMT-hand of course, along with the 24-hour marked rotating bezel, is what permits the GMT-Master to indicate two time zones simultaneously.

Similar to the previous ref. 1675, the Caliber 3075 of the ref. 16750 also has a hacking feature whereby the seconds hand stops when the winding crown is pulled out. This translates to a more precise time setting.

Yet another benefit of the GMT-Master ref. 16750 is its water resistance – 330 feet (100 meters), which is double to that of previous GMT-Master models.

Rolex 16750 GMT-Master Ultimate Buying Guide Matte Dial

Dial Variations of the GMT-Master ref. 16750

During its eight years of production, the Rolex GMT-Master ref. 16750 had two distinct dial variations within its steel case. The first generation had matte black dials with hour markers without white gold surrounds, while the later ones had glossy black dials with indexes that included the white gold surrounds.

A vintage GMT-Master ref. 16750 with the matte dials are actually very difficult to come by since they were often replaced with glossy ones during servicing. Naturally, because the matte dials lacking the white gold surrounds are rarer, they are indeed more coveted among the two versions.

The two bezel choices of the stainless steel GMT-Master ref. 16750 were the iconic bi-color red and blue Rolex Pepsi bezel, in addition to the black bezel option.

Rolex 16750 GMT-Master Ultimate Buying Guide Jubilee Bracelet

Gold Variations of the GMT-Master ref. 16750

Just like the GMT-Master ref. 1675, Rolex also offered more luxurious models of the stainless steel ref. 16750. The GMT-Master ref. 16758 is the full yellow-gold GMT version, while the ref. 16753 is the two-tone Rolesor yellow gold and steel model.

An interesting dial variation of the yellow gold GMT-Master ref. 16758 is the Serti dial. Derived from the French word “sertir” meaning “to set” in jewelry, Serti dials in the world of vintage Rolex collecting refer to distinct gem dials found on some Submariner and GMT-Master models. These dials have diamond hour markers accompanied by either ruby or sapphire indexes at 6, 9, and 12 o’clock and make for very lavish versions of the GMT-Master.

A great reference from the GMT-Master line, the ref. 16750 offers Rolex collectors the style of a vintage GMT-Master with the practically of a more modern feature like the quickset function. What do you think? Would you add the GMT-Master ref. 16750 to your personal collection? Leave us a comment below and tell us why or why not.

Also, stay tuned for our next installment where we delve into the first GMT-Master II model, the ref. 16760, the GMT Master has rich history and should be read if you’re a collector.

Rolex 16750 GMT-Master Ultimate Buying Guide 18k Yellow Gold

Considerations When Buying a Rolex 16750

Here are some things to consider when buying a GMT-Master 16750:

  1. Condition: As with any vintage watch, the condition of the GMT-Master 16750 is an important factor to consider when buying. Look for a watch that is in good overall condition, with a clean and legible dial, and no major signs of wear or damage.
  2. Authenticity: Make sure the GMT-Master 16750 you are considering is authentic and not a counterfeit. It’s a good idea to buy from a reputable dealer or seller who can provide documentation or a certificate of authenticity.
  3. Box and papers: It can be helpful to have the original box and papers that came with the GMT-Master 16750. These can add value to the watch and help confirm its authenticity.
  4. Bezel: The bezel of the GMT-Master 16750 is available in several colors, including black, red and blue, and some models have a two-tone bezel. Consider which bezel color you prefer and whether you want a solid-color or two-tone bezel.
  5. Price: The price of a GMT-Master 16750 can vary widely depending on its condition, rarity, and other factors. Do some research to get a sense of the market value for the watch you are considering, and be prepared to negotiate if necessary.

It’s clear that the Rolex 16750 GMT-Master isn’t just a timepiece; it’s a testament to Rolex’s unwavering commitment to precision, durability, and design. With its rich history, versatile functionality, and timeless aesthetics, the 16750 stands as a beacon for those who seek more than just time from their watches—they seek a story, a companion for life’s adventures.

At Bob’s Watches, we pride ourselves on curating an unparalleled selection of the finest timepieces, each with its own legacy waiting to become part of yours. Whether you’re drawn to the allure of the GMT-Master collection for its aviation heritage or its elegant design, your perfect Rolex awaits. Explore our comprehensive Rolex for sale collection, where the spirit of exploration meets the pinnacle of craftsmanship.

Paul Altieri
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