Rolex GMT-Master II 16710 “Coke” (1994) [ID14849]
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Rolex GMT-Master II 16710 "Coke" (1994)
Pre-owned Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 16710, with 40mm brushed and polished stainless steel case, steel bidirectional rotatable bezel with red and black (“Coke”) aluminum lunette, black Tritium “SWISS-T<25” dial with applied polished indices, hour, minutes and seconds and red GMT hour hand with arrowhead, date indicator at 3 o’clock with cyclops magnifier. Sapphire crystal. Automatic movement calibre 3185. Oystersteel bracelet with Oysterlock safety deployant clasp.
Perhaps the most defining characteristic of Rolex’s pilot watch lineup is the colorful assortment of the bezels that have come, gone, and stayed over the years. Two of the most popular GMT-Master II bezel colorways are the red and blue “Pepsi” and the red and black “Coke” (also there was a solid black option). The very first GMT-Master from 1955 sported the red and blue bezel while the very first GMT-Master II from the 1980s featured the red and black bezel. Today Rolex still makes the “Pepsi” bezel variant, but not the “Coke” one. In fact, the Rolex GMT-Master II “Coke” was one of the last GMT-Master II models to feature aluminium bezel before they were replaced by ceramic in the current generation of the GMT-Master IIwhich first started to make an appearance in 2005. This makes this red and black bezel highly-collectable today.
This is an earlier version of GMT-Master II, it ran on calibre 3185, while later versions came with calibre 3186. Caliber 3185 operates at 28.800 BPH (beats per hour). The movement includes the hacking feature (where the seconds hand stops when the crown is pulled out) but not the quickset date feature. To change the date, the hour hand has to rotate the dial until it passes midnight.
In a very good condition, with all the original parts. Complete with original box and papers (including the calendar and the invoice of purchase from 1994).
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As the world became a global territory for industrialization, a growing population in the need to travel between countries boosted civil aviation. In 1953, Rolex was entrusted to design a technical wristwatch specially for Pan Am’s crew. The result of this important task was the GMT-Master: able to read the time in 2 different time zones simultaneously. But as in every Rolex development, this model evolved into GMT-Master II.
With the introduction of the GMT-Master II came a slightly thicker case, designed to accommodate the newly independent 24-hour hand. The reference 16710 was presented in 1989 as a successor to the reference 16750. For the first time the 24-hour-GMT hand could be adjusted separately, allowing for simultaneous reading of time in 3 different time zones. The independently moving 24-hour hand allows the wearer to sync with an additional time zone without disturbing the central hour, minute, and second hands. Another distinct function of the GMT-Master II is the addition of a bezel, that can be rotated to sync with local time. In total, the GMT-Master II is capable of tracking up to 3 time zones simultaneously. Rolex GMT-Master II 16710 was manufactured in the long period between 1989 and 2007.
One detail on the GMT-Master II 16710 that underwent changes was the luminescence of the watch - first beginning with tritium (until 1997), then moving to Luminova (from 1998 to 1999), and finally, to Superluminova (from 2000 to 2007). This is a Tritium dial: at 6 o’clock we can see the text “SWISS-T<25”, which refers to the amount of tritium used.
The Ref. 16710 was available with a stainless steel Jubilee or Oyster bracelet. The watch that we offer has an Oystersteel bracelet. The Oyster bracelet is far more understated and sporty.
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