Up for grabs a beautiful tropical fat lady from 1988. The dial and hands match nicely and the glossy surface of the dial has turned to a matted finish with a deep chocolate brown and red hues. The case was previously polished however remains thick and in excellent shape with clear numbers. The bracelet is original tight and fully linked and the insert is an original coke that has gone grey ghost on the black part . The movement is running well and keeping excellent time. Comes complete with box and original punch guarantee
The Rolex 16760, also known as the Rolex GMT-Master II "Fat Lady" or "Sophia Loren," is an iconic watch model with an interesting history. Introduced in 1983, the 16760 was the first GMT-Master II model in Rolex's lineup, featuring several notable advancements and design changes.
The primary innovation of the Rolex 16760 was its introduction of an independently adjustable 24-hour hand, which allowed the wearer to track a second time zone. This feature was particularly useful for pilots and frequent travelers who needed to keep track of different time zones simultaneously. The addition of the independently adjustable 24-hour hand made the 16760 a true GMT watch, unlike its predecessor, the GMT-Master, which required rotating the bezel to track the second time zone.
The nickname "Fat Lady" or "Sophia Loren" is often used to refer to the Rolex 16760 due to its thicker case and broader overall design compared to earlier GMT-Master models. This nickname distinguishes the 16760 from subsequent GMT-Master II models that followed with slimmer profiles.
Another distinctive feature of the Rolex 16760 is its red and black "Coke" bezel, which refers to the alternating red and black color scheme. This bezel color combination became popular among Rolex enthusiasts and collectors.
The 16760 was also the first GMT-Master model to feature a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, replacing the acrylic crystals used in previous models. This upgrade enhanced the watch's durability and resistance to scratches.
In terms of movement, the 16760 was powered by the Rolex Caliber 3085, which featured a quickset date function and hacking seconds. The hacking seconds feature allowed the seconds hand to stop when the crown was pulled out, enabling precise time synchronization.
While the 16760 was produced for a relatively short period from 1983 to 1988, it holds a special place in the history of the GMT-Master line as the first GMT-Master II model. Its unique design elements, advanced functionality, and connection to the iconic GMT-Master lineage have contributed to its desirability among watch enthusiasts and collectors.