Rolex GMT-Master II 'Fat Lady'
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Rolex GMT-Master II 'Fat Lady'

Why We Love It

Not only are GMT Masters a personal favorite here at A/S, they also serve to be one of the more functional pieces in Rolex's catalog.

The GMT function allows you to track two time-zones simultaneously, ideal and convenient for the busy traveler. 

This particular GMT reference 16760 gets its nickname due to the fact that the case size was increased to accommodate for the larger and more sophisticated calibre 3085. The 16760 was the first reference of the new GMT Master II when it was first released in 1983. At 39mm, it features an attractive 'Coke' bezel (black and red), with stunning patina within the white gold surround plots. 

Maybe you are hesitant to go down the vintage road - or maybe you are in need of a robust, modern, yet still classic timepiece that can take a beating - in either case, this GMT Master II has already become a favorite among collectors. 

The Story

As the legend goes, Pan-Am approached Rolex in 1953 looking for a watch specially designed for their pilots, and a partnership was quickly formed. A Submariner became the base for this new watch, and several important modifications were made to turn a Sub into the GMT-Master that we know today. Rolex added a date function with a cyclops lens magnifier, GMT complication, and two-colored bezel to provide long-haul pilots with the info they needed as they circumnavigated the globe.

The GMT-Master’s 24-hour hand works in conjunction with the rotating bezel to make tracking a second time zone incredibly simple. When the bezel’s triangle is aligned to 12 o’clock, the red arrow hand points to the time on a 24-hour military scale, which in itself is valuable as a day/night indicator (at least if you’re a cave explorer). The usefulness of the complication really shines when the wearer rotates the bezel so that the numbers around the bezel correspond the a 2nd time zone (such as Greenwich Mean Time), allowing the watch to track any two time zones in the world at once.

Details

SKU: AS03620

Stainless steel case is approximately 39mm (excluding the crown). Rolex reference 16760. Rolex calibre 3085 automatic-winding movement. Circa 1984. 

Overall Condition: The case is in excellent condition overall showing normal signs of wear consistent with age and use. Luminous black gloss dial is in excellent condition with white gold surround indices showing deep patina with professionally color-matched handset. Signed crown.

Includes 78360/501 solid link Oyster Bracelet.

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