Rolex GMT Master*** 16753 Root Beer*** 1980
ROLEX GMT Master ‘Root Beer’ Bezel Ref. 16750, Brown glossy nipple dial, 1980
Serial: 6545812
Circa: 1980
Reference No.: 16753

DIAL: Brown glossy 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: leather strap

CONDITION REPORT: Excellent condition. The indexes have a stunning cream patina and glossy surface is almost perfect. There is only a tiny discolouration on the very edge of the dial at 1 o'clock. The hands match as well although they may appear lighter in color.
The case is in excellent condition, appears to have been lightly polished maintaining thick even lugs. The pinholes/bevels are still intact.


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.