Rolex GMT Master*** 16753 Root Beer*** 1985
ROLEX GMT Master ‘Root Beer’ Bezel Ref. 16753, Brown nipple dial, 1985
Serial: 8727328
Circa: 1985
Reference No.: 16753

DIAL: Brown dial with beveled date aperture at 3 o’clock, gold applied tritium 'nipple' hour markers. Gold mercedes hour and pencil minutes hand, lollipop seconds and GMT hand indicating the second time zone.

CASE: 40mm, stainless steel with gold (brown/silver) rotating bezel and acrylic glass with loupe for date at 3 o’clock. Gold crown.

MOVEMENT: Caliber 3075, Self-winding mechanical movement with 27 jewels

BRACELET: Rolex steel/gold Oyster 78363/480, Code H

CONDITION REPORT: The dial is in mint condition and the original tritium lume in the indexes has aged with a nice patina. The hands match in lume color although they appear to have been color matched. Case is worn, but very sharp and appears unpolished with a nice original insert. The pinholes/bevels are intact and crisp.
The bracelet shows some stretch and matches the worn condition of the case.


The iconic Rolex GMT Master was developed as a collaborative project between Rolex and Pan Am Airways. As in the 1940s and 50s flying distances got longer and the pilots travelled through multiple time zones, Pan Am asked Rolex in the early 1950s to develop a watch which could tell different times simultaneously. The model was launched in 1954 and the watch was issued by the airline to their crews on long-haul flights. The first GMT (Ref. 6542) was a regular Turn-O-Graph (Ref. 6202) with a different bezel and a modified movement. The Rolex GMT was designed as an aviator watch: The newly introduced fourth hand allowed the display of an additional time, with the corresponding number markings on the outer bezel. Pilots used the second time to display the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which led to the name Rolex GMT Master.