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Rolex GMT Master II Ref 16760 "The Fat Lady"


Ref. No. | Item No. | 859098

The Rolex GMT Master II Ref 16760 is the first of the GMT Master II models. Introduced in 1983, the GMT Master II was the first Rolex to allow independent setting of the 24-hour hand from the 12-hour hand, due to the Caliber 3085 movement. The styling of the case for the 16760 was thicker than the GMT Master, with larger crown guards, a wider bezel, and thicker case back, due in part to the size of the new movement. Known as “The Fat Lady”, or the “Sophia Loren” because of it’s wider, curvier styling, the GMT Master II 16760 is a beautiful piece with a rich history of “firsts” for Rolex.




$14,995

Description

The Rolex GMT Master II Ref 16760 is the first of the GMT Master II models. Introduced in 1983, the GMT Master II was the first Rolex to allow independent setting of the 24-hour hand from the 12-hour hand, due to the Caliber 3085 movement. The styling of the case for the 16760 was thicker than the GMT Master, with larger crown guards, a wider bezel, and thicker case back, due in part to the size of the new movement. Known as “The Fat Lady”, or the “Sophia Loren” because of it’s wider, curvier styling, the GMT Master II 16760 is a beautiful piece with a rich history of “firsts” for Rolex.

The History:

The Rolex brands needs no introduction. Founded in 1905 by Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis, these visionary men set out to do what had not been successfully and reliably done before. Build a timepiece to be worn on the wrist, that was both highly reliable, functional, and durable, as well as stylish. Wilsdorf’s dream was to create a watch that could accompany its owner through all facets of life and withstand any environment. His innovative approach and high standards for quality re-shaped the watch industry as a whole. It has made the Rolex name synonymous with quality, innovation, and elegance.

The Watch:

The GMT Master II 16760 was a milestone piece for Rolex manufacturing. The Ref 16760 introduced the first “Coke” bezel color combination for a Rolex GMT. It was also the first GMT Master II to have a sapphire crystal. Another first for the 16760 was the use of white gold surrounds around the hour markers, which was done to prevent tarnishing on the dial over time. The Ref 16760 was the first GMT to utilize the Caliber 3085 movement, which allowed the center hour hand to be independently set from the 24-hour hand, as well as the minute and seconds hand. This innovation allowed travelers to quickly and precisely set local time, as well as being able to utilize the 24-hour bi-directional bezel for a 3rd-time zone tracking.

The Details:

This Rolex GMT Master II Ref 16760 is in very good condition. There are minimal wear marks on the case and lugs. This 16760 has the Oyster stainless steel bracelet, which is also in very good condition, as visible in photos. This piece comes with double boxes, owners manual, and Rolex service papers from 2006, as well as the original purchase receipt.

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Additional Info

  • Manufacture:
  • Model/Ref#:
  • Movement:
  • Case Material:
  • Crystal
  • Bezel
  • Bracelet
  • Case Size:
  • Rolex
  • GMT Master II Ref 16760
  • Caliber 3085
  • Stainless Steel
  • Sapphire
  • Bi-Directional Rotating
  • Stainless Steel, Oyster
  • 40mm

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