Rolex GMT-Master II 16760

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The Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 16760 was a GMT watch produced from 1983 through 1988. It was the first Rolex GMT-Master II model.

Overview

The Ref. 16760 GMT-Master II introduced the independently-adjustable GMT hand to the GMT-Master range for the first time. It was a major upgrade in many ways, with a new larger case (earning it the nickname "Fat Lady") and upgraded high-beat movement with quickset date. Although a major advance, it is today considered to be a "transitional" model, produced for only a few years before being replaced by the 1989 Ref. 16710.

Although the GMT-Master was famous for its red and blue "Pepsi" bezel, the GMT-Master II broke new ground with a red and black bezel. This was nicknamed "Coke" for the contrast, and was the only bezel offered in this reference. The GMT-Master II was also only offered in stainless steel, unlike its successor model. This was the first GMT-Master model to use a sapphire crystal, now offered on all Rolex watches, and the first GMT-Master to use white gold outlines around the dial markers.

Ref. 16760 was produced for only six years, being replaced after 1988 by the GMT-Master II Ref. 16710.

Reference:

16760 - Stainless steel with red/black "Coke" bezel

Movement:

Self-winding calibre Rolex 3085 (bi-directional winding)
Certified chronometer (COSC), 28,800 A/h
27 jewels
Power reserve 42 h

Case:

Stainless steel case
Ø 40 mm, H 13 mm
Bi-directional rotating bezel
Sapphire crystal with loupe
Screw-in crown
Waterproof to 100 m

Dial:

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

Functions:

Hours, minutes, central seconds
Date window at 3:00
GMT function: Dual time zones by turning 24 hours bezel and hand as well as independently-adjustable 12 hours hand
Hacking seconds
Rapid calendar advance

Bracelet:

Stainless steel Oyster bracelet with folding clasp

Production:

Production: 1983-1988
Predecessor: Ref. 16750 GMT-Master
Successor: Ref. 16710 GMT-Master II

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