1969 Rolex GMT Master, 16753, serviced, w/box
This is a complete and original Rolex 16573, made in 1969 (64xxxxx serial). I love it, but gold just isn’t my thing, though I’m still going back and forth on it.
Movement serviced and is accurate & strong.
Hacks as it should
Date quickset works as it should
Original tritium dial with a few spots of tropicalization
Dial lume is original
Handset is immaculate and could very well be an older service handset. It glows at the same rate as the dial, maybe a titch more, but neither the dial or the hands glow as strongly or for as long as my 16610
Case has been polished but still is nice and beefy
All new seals, case and bracelet are fully cleaned and shiny
Original crystal has some marks on it, minor handling ones, swirlies etc.
Bracelet is full-length and more. This the JB Champion-made oval-link with 14k center links. These were fitted to some watches in this time period by Rolex to get around importation taxes / tarriffs on complete watches. So they contracted with several companies to make bracelets in the destination country. These JB Champion bracelets are actually fairly uncommon. This bracelet has some stretch and wear but is very usable and presentable
Comes with inner and outer Rolex box, I’m not sure of the period. Inner box is wood.