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Lot #1668

Rolex GMT-Master II Oyster Perpetual Date 116710LN with Guarantee Card

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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.

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Grade

M 8.5

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Guarantee Card, Hang Tag, Booklets

Est. value range

$8,000 – $120,000

The Details

Brand

Rolex

Dimensions

40mm

Model

GMT-Master II

Movement

Automatic cal. 3186

Reference

116710LN

Bracelet

Stainless steel Oyster bracelet

Year

2008

Condition

Excellent

Material

Stainless steel

Included

Watch and papers

Dial Color

Black

THE DIAL

Featuring a jet black dial, the 116710LN features a subtle hit of color with its green GMT hand and model name inscription at 6 o'clock.

THE CONSTRUCTION

Launched as the first ceramic GMT-Master II model, the ref. 116710LN features an all-black aesthetic thanks to its black bezel, a result of Rolex's inability to produce two-color ceramic bezels at the time.

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 excellent overall condition. Minor surface wear from use, no major dings or scratches visible. There is some dirt/debris that has collected along some parts of the bracelet and in the bezel, but can be removed with a soft brush. Bracelet has 12 full links, 2 half links - 4 full links removable, and shows little to no stretch.

Our Perspective

An important milestone within the GMT-Master collection's history, the ref. 116710LN, with its ceramic bezel, marked the first time Rolex would introduce a new material for their bezel inserts since 1956, when aluminum was introduced to replace bakelite.

Sam Hines

Managing Director