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Why We Love It
Few watches make a statement like a solid gold sports model Rolex.
This anachronistic blend of technical design and functionality with a precious metal casing material is a polarizing one, and depending on how its worn (and indeed, by whom), can send very different signals - and we'll just leave it at that. Of course, if you want to avoid any possible negative stereotyping, going with a vintage model will certainly alleviate the concern!
But don’t make the mistake of thinking that just because its vintage it isn’t bomber. The first thing you’ll notice about a watch like this is the weight. There is something instantly satisfying about the heft of a solid gold watch. And for some inexplicable reason, Rolex gold is so much more satisfying than all other gold. Theres no science behind that statement - just trust us.
This particular watch, a Reference 16758, dates to circa 1980 and features a beautifully patinated black nipple dial with creamy luminous plots and hands. Sporting a thick case matched up to a green leather strap, this is the perfect combo for a subtle flex!
The GMT-Master Story
The years following the end of The Second World War saw the world become a much, much smaller place.
Advances in aviation technology led to the world’s first nonstop Transatlantic passenger flights between Europe and North America, and the era of the jetsetter began. Along with this new age of travel arose a need for travelers, and more importantly pilots, to have a wristwatch that could display two time zones at once.
As a pioneer of transatlantic and transcontinental flight, Pan American Airlines approached Rolex in 1953 looking for a watch specially designed for their pilots, and Rolex agreed to take on the project. The newly designed Submariner became the base for this new watch, and several important complications were 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 a rotating bezel to make tracking a second time zone incredibly simple. When the wearer rotates the bezel so that the numbers around the bezel correspond to a second time zone (such as Greenwich Mean Time, the inspiration for the model’s nomenclature), it allows the watch to track any two time zones in the world at once.
Not long after the debut of the GMT-Master at the Basel World Fair in 1954, Pan-Am adopted the GMT Master as its official wristwatch. Decades later, the GMT-Master and its “Pepsi” bezel has become a true icon of the watch world. It is instantly recognizable and eternally stylish – the very best of what Rolex has to offer.
18k Yellow gold Oyster case is approximately 39mm (excluding the crown). Rolex automatic winding movement. Rolex Reference 16758. Circa 1980.
Overall Condition: The case is in excellent condition overall with thick lugs and crisp hallmarks, showing normal wear consistent with age and use. Luminous black nipple dial shows even 'matting' patination throughout with evenly aged creamy indices and matching handset. Signed crown.
Includes green leather strap with pin buckle.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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