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Rolex GMT-Master II ‘Fat Lady’ Ref. 16760

$13,295

Vintage Rolex 40mm GMT-Master II, Black Dial, Oyster Bracelet, Ref. 16760

The Rolex GMT-Master was initially developed in 1954 in collaboration with Pan American Airways, with the aim of providing pilots with a watch that could display multiple time zones simultaneously. The original model featured a 24-hour bezel and a fourth hand that could be set to a second time zone. Over the years, the GMT-Master underwent various design changes and upgrades, including the addition of the iconic red and blue “Pepsi” bezel in 1959. In 1982, the GMT-Master II was introduced, which allowed for the independent adjustment of the hour hand, making it easier to track multiple time zones.

The reference 16760 was the first of the new GMT-Master II collection. In terms of design, the GMT-Master II 16760 sported a thicker case, a wider bezel, and larger crown guards than its predecessors. These design details led to the ref. 16760’s famous nickname, the “Fat Lady”. The Rolex GMT-Master II 16760 was in production until 1988 and was only ever crafted in stainless steel with a red and black bezel. This was the first time Rolex used that color combination on the bi-directional bezel and it quickly gained the nickname “Coke”. Prior to the ref. 16760, GMT-Masters were protected with acrylic crystal. The first GMT-Master II was inaugurated with a sapphire crystal instead, which makes for a more scratch resistant timepiece. New to the dial of the GMT-Master II 16760 was the use of 18k white gold around the luminous hour-markers. This was done to prevent tarnishing on the dial in an effort to maintain the watch’s beauty for as long as possible. Today, all Rolex watches are made using 18k gold to surround the indexes.  Perhaps the biggest innovation was the new generation automatic mechanical movement from Rolex that allowed the center hour hand to be set independently from the arrow-tipped 24-hour hand, thus also independently from the minute and seconds hand. Therefore, when travelers arrived to a new destination they could easily set the watch to the local time by having the center hour hand “jump” from hour to hour (forward or backward) autonomously from the minute and seconds hand, thus maintaining the precise time.

This remarkable timepiece boasts a 40mm stainless steel case featuring a bi-directional rotating bezel with a black and red ‘Coke’ aluminum insert and a black dial adorned with tritium-lumed hour markers. The hands however are service hands offering luminous visibility in low light. Powered by a self-winding 3085 caliber movement, the GMT-Master II 16760 ensures impeccable timekeeping accuracy, making it the perfect companion for globetrotters and those who appreciate precision engineering. The watch is not only a paragon of functionality but also a style statement. Its stainless steel Oyster bracelet is not only durable but also adds a touch of elegance to your wrist. Whether you’re crossing time zones or attending a sophisticated event, the Rolex GMT-Master II 16760 combines the best of form and function.

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Additional information

Band Material

Stainless Steel

Band Type

Oyster Bracelet

Bezel

Rotating, Bi-directional, Aluminum, 24-Hour

Box and Papers

No Box | No Papers

Brand

Rolex

Caliber

3085

Case Material

Stainless Steel

Case Size

40mm

Caseback

Solid

Complication

Date, GMT/World Time

Crown

Screw Down

Crystal Material

Sapphire

Dial Color

Black

Movement

Automatic

Size

40mm – 42mm

Warranty

2-Year Watchworks Guarantee

Item ID0006371
Model #16760
Model NameGMT-Master II
Year Producedca. 1987
Serial Number9XXXXXX

Description

Rolex is recognized throughout the world not only as a brand associated with luxury, but as a watch that is both luxurious and precise.  For Rolex, this hard-won and well-deserved recognition was never in doubt.  The founder, Hans Wilsdorf named the company Rolex to be pronounceable in any language, as he anticipated the acclaim his company would receive due to relentless pursuit of precision and accuracy in a wristwatch.  Soon after its founding, Rolex produced the first wristwatch to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, which was followed rapidly by receipt of a certificate of precision from the Kew Observatory in Great Britain.  From those roots Rolex built a legacy of innovation.  The Oyster watch was the first waterproof and dustproof wristwatch in 1926, followed by the first self-winding Perpetual rotor.  Building once again on innovation, the Datejust became the first self-winding wrist chronometer to include a date in a window on the dial.  Adventurous women and men who strive to make history have chosen Rolex for their expedition, which both perpetuates the brand’s claim to precision and dependability as well as attests to its veracity.  Hans Wilsdorf may have anticipated the acclaim Rolex would someday achieve, but even he might have been impressed with its success.