Rolex 16750 GMT Master Transitional "Pepsi Bezel" Matte Dial Circa 1980 (33515)

33515 Rolex 16750 GMT Master Pepsi Bezel, Early example of this transitional model which added a quick set date to the GMT mater, stainless steel on a stainless steel oyster bracelet (78360 with 580 endlinks), original matte dial with beautifully matching original tritium on the hands and dial markers, automatic Rolex caliber 3075 movement, quick set date, second time zone via bi-directional 24-hour bezel rotating bezel, 24-hour hand, COSC, water resistant to 100 meters, Serial Number: 672XXXX (1980), diameter: 40mm, thickness: 13.5mm, Excellent Condition.


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More about Rolex 16750 GMT Master Transitional "Pepsi Bezel" Matte Dial Circa 1980

This is a vintage c. 1980 Rolex GMT Master "Pepsi Bezel" 16750. It has an integral stainless steel Jubilee bracelet with a deployant clasp and an acrylic sapphire crystal with a Cyclops magnifying lens bubble over the automatic quick set date aperture at the 3 o'clock position. It has a screw-down solid case back and protected crown. The 40mm diameter solid three-body case, downturned lugs, and bracelet are polished/brushed. The "Pepsi" red and blue bi-directional rotating bezel has white Arabic numeral 24-hour index markers for the second time zone. The dial is matte black with luminous Rolex skeleton hands, a red GMT hand with a luminous arrow tip, and round, baton, and triangular hour markers. It has an outer minute track and it includes the Certified Official Swiss Chronometer (COSC) certification. It' water resistant to 100 meters/330 feet, and the 13.5mm thick case, dial, and movement are all signed.

This Rolex GMT Master "Pepsi Bezel" 16750 has a mechanical automatic self-winding Rolex caliber 3075 movement that's rhodium plated, and constructed with 27 jewels and a shock absorber mechanism. It includes a straight-line lever escapement, a monometallic balance that's adjusted to temperatures and 5 positions, and a self-compensating Breguet balance-spring.

The Rolex GMT Master "Pepsi Bezel" 16750 was produced from 1979 to 1988. One of the most distinctive sport watches in the world, the Rolex GMT Master has a red and blue bezel, which is often affectionately referred to as the “Pepsi bezel” in reference to the soft drink producer’s traditional color theme. In the mid 1950s, when Rolex first released the original GMT-Master - their first aviation watch - the blue color is actually attributed to Pan American Airlines who Rolex consulted with during the development of their two-time zone GMT sport watch.