Rolex GMT-Master 16750

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The Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 16750 was a GMT watch produced from 1981 through 1988.


The Ref. 16750 GMT-Master replaced the Ref. 1675, which had been produced since 1959. Referred to now as a "transitional" model, this was nevertheless a major update after over two decades, with a new case, bracelet, and movement. The new Cal. 3075 was much more modern, running at 28,800 A/h and adding quickset date, a welcome feature. The new case is also more water resistant, now up to 100 meters.

Ref. 16750 was produced until just 1988. It was replaced by the GMT-Master Ref. 16700, which was a fully-modern take on the GMT-Master.

There are two dial variations of the Ref. 16750: Early examples have a matte black dial, while later models have a glossy black dial and white gold ("gilt") surrounds for the hour markers. The former are now rarely seen and much in demand. Variations included a "Pepsi" model with red and blue bezel as well as an all-black bezel version.

Rolex also produced luxury models of this generation GMT-Master. The Ref. 16753 is a two-tone Rolesor version in steel with yellow gold highlights. There is also a Ref. 16758 in solid yellow gold. This last model also came in a "Serti" dial version set with diamond hour markers and ruby or sapphires at 6, 9, and 12.


16750 Stainless steel
16753 Rolesor steel and gold
16758 Yellow gold


Self-winding calibre Rolex 3075 (bi-directional winding)
Certified chronometer (COSC), 28,800 A/h
27 jewels
Power reserve 42 h


Stainless steel case
Ø 40 mm, H 13.5 mm
Bi-directional rotating bezel with black or "Pepsi" (red/blue) insert
Sapphire crystal with loupe
Screw-in crown
Waterproof to 100 m


Round, rectangular, and triangular indexes and hands with luminous material


Hours, minutes, central seconds
Date window at 3:00
GMT function: Dual time zones by turning 24 hours bezel
Hacking seconds
Rapid calendar advance


Stainless steel Oyster or Jubilee bracelet with folding clasp


Production: 1981-1988
Predecessor: Ref. 1675 GMT-Master
Successor: Ref. 16700 GMT-Master