Great Replica Rolex GMT Coke "Fat Lady" Reference
In 1983, Rolex released the next chapter in the GMT-Master story in the form of reference 16760. This was the first GMT-Master II model, which is distinguished from the original GMT-Master models in that the 24-hour hand can be set personally from the traditional 12-hour hand.
At first, the 24-hour and 12-hour hands were coupled on the fake Rolex GMT-Master models. Remember, GMT-Master watches were originally developed specifically for Pan Am pilots, and airline pilots follow one universal time zone. Eventually, pilots would set the traditional 12-hour hand to GMT as their reference time and when they landed in a new time zone, they would simply rotate the 24-hour marked bezel to align the local hour with the triangular-tipped 24-hour hand.
But, thanks to the Caliber 3085 movement, the pair of hour hands on the GMT-Master II ref. 16760 is decoupled, leading to a "true GMT" watch. A "true GMT" watch is featured by an independently adjustable hour hand that moves in one-hour jumps without disturbing the reference time or date. A very fast jumping hour hand is especially convenient for frequent travelers who need to regularly change local time. And because the 12-hour and 24-hour hands are now independently adjustable, in fact, reference 16760 can indicate a third-time zone by rotating the bezel to the appropriate time offset.
So, why? This is because to accommodate the Caliber 3085, the stainless case of the Rolex GMT-Master II ref. 16760 is obviously thicker than its predecessors. Besides, while the 16760 retains the familiar 40mm case diameter, the crown guards are bigger than other models. The less common "Sophia Loren" nickname is in reference to the 16760's curvier profile.
Apart from the upgraded functionality, the GMT-Master II ref. 16760 included other outstanding features. Not only did the replica Rolex make the first GMT-Master II exclusively in stainless steel, but it was also only offered with a red and black bezel - the very first Rolex "Coke" bezel. However, buyers at the time did have the choice between an Oyster bracelet and a Jubilee bracelet. The GMT-Master II 16760 boasted other improvements such as a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal rather than acrylic, in addition to white gold surrounds framing the hour makers. Rolex's first GMT-Master II was truly a modern sports watch during its era with all these upgrades.