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Lot #1745

Rolex GMT Master II 16710 Box and Papers

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Introduction

Released in 1954, the Rolex GMT-Master resulted from a collaboration between now-extinct airline Pan Am and Rolex on a watch that would display the time across two time zones at once. Thanks to the popularisation of commercial air travel, planes were becoming more advanced and traveling longer distances. This resulted in pilots crossing time zones during flights more frequently, and thus a need for uniformity across the aviation industry was highlighted. To eliminate errors caused by time confusion, the industry adopted a standard time-zone, Greenwich Mean Time. As such, the GMT-Master's fourth hand, its 2nd hour hand, was used to constantly display Greenwich Mean Time, as its model name implies, while its regular hour hand displayed local time. While the aviation industry's standard time-zone switched to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in 1972, the name of the legendary GMT-Master was far too long in use for Rolex to change it. Today, the GMT-Master has become one of Rolex's most iconic models, with very few pilot's watches, if any, rivaling its level of fame, popularity, or signature design – and it certainly looks like it will stay that way.

Following the discontinuation of the black and red bezel GMT-Master II "Fat Lady" in 1988, a slimmed-down GMT-Master II was born, the ref. 16700. Available with the famous red and blue Pepsi bezel, or an all-black bezel, the ref. 16700 became Rolex's budget-friendly option when the ref. 16710 was released alongside it the following year, in 1989. Reintroducing the "Fat Lady" black and red bezel, the ref. 16710 quickly earned the nickname "Coke" - after the soft drinks company. Featuring the ref. 16700's slimmed-down proportions, the ref. 16710 was the slightly more premium version of the GMT-Master II at the time as it was powered by the new cal. 3185 movement, while the ref. 16700 had the cal. 3175 movement. Eventually discontinued in 2007 when the modern GMT-Master II was released, the ref. 116710, the ref. 16710 is famed now as the last GMT-Master II to feature an aluminum bezel. This accolade puts it in excellent standing with collectors, and allows buyers to combine beloved vintage aesthetics and design choices with relatively modern functionality in its robust movement.

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Grade

M 8.5

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Box, Papers, additional Coke Bezel Insert

Est. value range

$10,000 – $15,000

The Details

Brand

Rolex

Dimensions

40mm

Model

GMT-Master II

Movement

Automatic cal. 3185

Reference

16710

Bracelet

Stainless steel Oyster bracelet

Year

1997

Condition

Excellent

Material

Stainless steel

Included

Watch, box, papers, additional coke bezel insert

Dial Color

Black

THE DIAL

Featuring the very same iconic black dial that has stood as the marquee dial choice for the stainless steel GMT-Master II, our example is found with bright white luminescent 18kt white gold hands and hour markers, indicating careful use as well as correct storage over its lifetime.

THE CONSTRUCTION

With its bezel devoid of any form of wear and tear, this example's iconic blue and red "Pepsi" bezel insert retains its deep rich color and lacks any surface abrasions that might interrupt its beauty.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

Watch is in overall excellent condition. Surface wear along the case and bracelet, a small ding is visible on the lower right side of the case near the crownguards. The tritium dial is in near mint condition, showing no wear, and with matching hands. Watch comes on an oyster bracelet with 13 links total, 3 of which are removable. Additional leather strap and coke bezel insert are included.

Our Perspective

An iconic timepiece that set the scene for the modern GMT-Master II hysteria, the ref. 16710 contributed to the popularisation of the GMT function while remaining a lynchpin of Rolex's offerings through the decades.

Justin Gruenberg

Co-founder