Exclusive Timepieces & Jewels 17 July 2019 | Monaco LOT 195
Rolex A nice and beautiful Rolex GMT Master reference 16750 in stainless steel with date, 24hours indication and bracelet
Estimate € 8,000 – 15,000
Model: GMT Master
Material: stainless steel
Reference N°: 16750
Case N°: 8246074
Movement N°: 1040655
Bracelet: stainless steel
Signed: Dial, Case and movement
The first GMT model, Reference 6542, was launched in 1954 and is immediately recognizable by the bright acrylic or “bakelite” bezel insert with the twenty-four hour markings printed on its underside.
Next came the now iconic reference 1675, made from 1959 to 1980. Reference 16750 (the present watch) followed in 1981 introducing the quickset feature and a new higher beat caliber 3075 movement. With this update the order of the hands changed from GMT/Hour/Minute/second on reference 1675 to Hour/GMT/Minute/Second on the new model.
Much to the delight of collectors, the 16750 retained some of the character of the 1675 with the continued use of an acrylic crystal. Discontinued in 1988, the 16750 is now a highly desirable model. The present watch is a very nice exponent of this family still very well preserved: the tonneau-shaped case in stainless steel is embellished by the iconic jubilee bracelet with deployant clasp. The black matte dial sees applied luminescent dagger, baton and disc numerals with white-gold edges, the Mercedes-style hands and the red arrowhead 24 hour indicator hand. The bidirectional revolving bezel calibrated for 24 hours has the unusual monochromatic structure in black instead of the classic red-and-blue one.