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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1985
    Reference No: 16750
    Model Name: GMT-Master "Espresso" Bezel
    Material: Stainless Steel
    Calibre: Automatic 3075 Quick-Set Date
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless Steel Oyster Bracelet
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless Steel Folding Clasp
    Accessories: Original Rolex Box, Punched Certificate, Instruction Booklets
    Provenance: Property of an important private collector.

  • Provenance

    Property of an important private collector.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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"Transitional" GMT-Master

Ref. 16750
Vintage finds like this always put a smile on the face of the specialist team. This transitional GMT-Master from 1985 ticks a lot of boxes for a discerning eye, perfect crisp dial, creamy tritium lume, broad fat case and original box, punched certificate and cool cockpit booklet. Reference 16750 was introduced as an upgrade to the famous 1675 with quick-set date, and around 1984, the modern style glossy dial with white gold 'biccherini' surrounds on the lume. We are pleased to present this 'Espresso' GMT that is sourced from VIP private collector.