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Rolex GMT-Master 16758 18k Gold Brown Dial
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Released in 1954, the Rolex GMT-Master resulted from a collaboration between now-extinct airline Pan Am and Rolex on a watch that would display the time across two time zones at once. Thanks to the popularisation of commercial air travel, planes were becoming more advanced and traveling longer distances. This resulted in pilots crossing time zones during flights more frequently, and thus a need for uniformity across the aviation industry was highlighted. To eliminate errors caused by time confusion, the industry adopted a standard time-zone, Greenwich Mean Time. As such, the GMT-Master's fourth hand, its 2nd hour hand, was used to constantly display Greenwich Mean Time, as its model name implies, while its regular hour hand displayed local time. While the aviation industry's standard time-zone switched to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in 1972, the name of the legendary GMT-Master was far too long in use for Rolex to change it. Today, the GMT-Master has become one of Rolex's most iconic models, with very few pilot's watches, if any, rivaling its level of fame, popularity, or signature design – and it certainly looks like it will stay that way.
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$20,000 – $30,000
Automatic cal. 3075
18kt yellow gold Jubilee bracelet
18kt yellow gold
Watch is in excellent overall condition. Case has thick symmetrical lugs with some light surface wear only. Having first been sold in France, the caseback bears the import stamps as required by France at the time of sale. Dial is in excellent condition, with some oxidation marks around some of the indexes and edge of dial as seen in the images. The hidden clasp band has 24 links total, 5 of which are removable. There is little stretch.
Blending luxury with utility, the ref. 16758's 18kt yellow gold construction and useful functions combine to offer a truly beautiful design that is both practical and stylish.