Rolex GMT Master

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SKU AS02337
SKU AS02337

Why We Love it

Throughout history watches have been viewed as reliable, crucial, and even life-saving tools by the people who wore them. Soldiers, pilots, and race car drivers never went “over the top,” jumped into the cockpit, or slipped behind the steering wheel without a watch strapped to their wrists. It wasn’t until thirty years ago that people began to view them as luxury items to be collected, rather than tools to be used and discarded.

It’s in watches made by Rolex that one can most keenly see that transition take place—particularly in sports models like the GMT Master.

The GMT’s storied connection to Pan Am Airlines is ranked as one of the most iconic of horological origin stories. While the airline’s passengers were members of the Jet Set—that elite subset of society who could afford to breakfast in Rome and sup in New York in the same day—the pilots who got them from place-to-place were decidedly not. Each pilot hired by Pan Am had to be able to navigate using dead reckoning and celestial navigation; additionally, in the airline’s early days, a pilot who found himself stranded without a mechanic would often be called upon to repair the airplane himself.

That kind of rough-and-ready pilot deserved a watch that was as rugged as he was, and from the GMT Master’s debut it was that kind of watch.

But as the GMT Master’s appeal transcended the limited circle of pilots for whom it was made, Rolex made some changes to its distinctive appearance.

Starting in the 1960s, Rolex made GMT Masters with flashes of gold on the sturdy Oyster case—on the crown, the bezel, on the dial itself.

The watch that we offer here is a Reference 16753, the sister reference of the Reference 1675 worn by astronauts such as Jack Swigert and Edgar Mitchell (the sixth person to walk on the Moon).

However, unlike the 1675, the bezel of this Reference 16753 is black and gold rather than the red-and-blue “Pepsi” configuration most associated with the model. The black dial is glossy, rather than matte, with white gold surrounds to the hour plots. And the Jubilee bracelet (here with a F11 date code) has gold center links.

The touches of gold on this Reference 16753 from the 1980s elevate it to a sphere of casual luxury that won't make it look out-of-place when worn with a suit. Sophisticated yet sporty, it’s the perfect compromise between casual and formal, at home on the bracelet or on a nylon strap. With gold hardware, naturally.  

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Rolex GMT Master

Rolex GMT Master

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Rolex GMT Master

Why We Love it

Throughout history watches have been viewed as reliable, crucial, and even life-saving tools by the people who wore them. Soldiers, pilots, and race car drivers never went “over the top,” jumped into the cockpit, or slipped behind the steering wheel without a watch strapped to their wrists. It wasn’t until thirty years ago that people began to view them as luxury items to be collected, rather than tools to be used and discarded.

It’s in watches made by Rolex that one can most keenly see that transition take place—particularly in sports models like the GMT Master.

The GMT’s storied connection to Pan Am Airlines is ranked as one of the most iconic of horological origin stories. While the airline’s passengers were members of the Jet Set—that elite subset of society who could afford to breakfast in Rome and sup in New York in the same day—the pilots who got them from place-to-place were decidedly not. Each pilot hired by Pan Am had to be able to navigate using dead reckoning and celestial navigation; additionally, in the airline’s early days, a pilot who found himself stranded without a mechanic would often be called upon to repair the airplane himself.

That kind of rough-and-ready pilot deserved a watch that was as rugged as he was, and from the GMT Master’s debut it was that kind of watch.

But as the GMT Master’s appeal transcended the limited circle of pilots for whom it was made, Rolex made some changes to its distinctive appearance.

Starting in the 1960s, Rolex made GMT Masters with flashes of gold on the sturdy Oyster case—on the crown, the bezel, on the dial itself.

The watch that we offer here is a Reference 16753, the sister reference of the Reference 1675 worn by astronauts such as Jack Swigert and Edgar Mitchell (the sixth person to walk on the Moon).

However, unlike the 1675, the bezel of this Reference 16753 is black and gold rather than the red-and-blue “Pepsi” configuration most associated with the model. The black dial is glossy, rather than matte, with white gold surrounds to the hour plots. And the Jubilee bracelet (here with a F11 date code) has gold center links.

The touches of gold on this Reference 16753 from the 1980s elevate it to a sphere of casual luxury that won't make it look out-of-place when worn with a suit. Sophisticated yet sporty, it’s the perfect compromise between casual and formal, at home on the bracelet or on a nylon strap. With gold hardware, naturally.  

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

+

All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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