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Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 16700 B+P

On offer here is an absolutely amazing example of a 16700 GMT Master II in the “Pepsi” guise.

The GMT Master is the ultimate globe-trotter’s watch. Originally designed for Pan-Am pilots, it features a bidirectional bezel to indicate a second-time zone and a fourth hand to indicate military (24 hours) time.

This allows you to display the local time, plus the time for a relative abroad and one for a business partner on the other side of the globe. And when you set off on new adventures, you will track home time and local time with the rotating bezel. Adittionally, the watch comes with box and papers.

The GMT Master is similar in appearance to the famous Submariner. Same Oyster case, a similar dial, and a rotatable bezel. It is the Pepsi color scheme that truly sets this model apart.

€ 13.800

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Details
Brand Rolex
Movement Automatic
Model GMT Master
Diameter 40 mm
Reference 16700
Bracelet/strap: Steel
Year of production (circa) 1998
Lug Width 20 mm
Material Steel
Set Content Original box & papers
Crystal Sapphire
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color Black
Backstory

The Rolex GMT Master was developed on request by Pan-Am airways in 1954. It was the age of air travel and for the first time in history, it became common practice to routinely cross timezones. Pan-Am requested a watch for its crews, that would allow for easy referencing of the time while doing so. Rolex obliged with an adapted Turn-o-graph Ref. 6202. It got a different bezel and a fourth 24-hour hand. It was labeled GMT Master Ref. 6542.

Rolex fitted the GMT Master with a bakelite bezel insert, displaying 24 hours. A, now iconic, color-scheme of blue for the night and red for the day was introduced. The Pepsi Rolex was born. Since bakelite was prone to breaking, an aluminum bezel insert was introduced in 1956.

The Ref. 6542 had a relatively short production period of five years, before being replaced by the fan-favorite Ref. 1675 in 1959. The updated model was equipped with crown-guards and a hacking movement. It is the archetypal Rolex GMT Master we all know and love. It has been produced in a variety of colors, in steel, gold and two-tone variants and with different bracelet options.

In 1981, the Ref 16750 was introduced, which came with a quickset date and a higher water resistance of 100 meters over the Ref. 1675’s 50 meters. It was accompanied by the Ref. 16760 in 1983, also known as the GMT Master II. For the first time, the fourth hand could be individually set, upping the number of trackable timezones from two to three. The two versions coexisted for about five years. The Ref. 16760 featured a sapphire crystal and a slightly thicker case, earning it the nicknames “Fat Lady” and “Sophia Loren”.

The late 80’s and 90’s saw a few more updates to both the GMT Master and the GMT Master II. In 2005, the ceramic GMT Master II (the six-digit references) was launched, putting us firmly into modern GMT territory.

The GMT Master is still a watch that exudes adventure. It is all about globetrotting in style. It is both rugged and elegant, a tool and a piece of jewelry. You can opt for that iconic blue & red look, or go for an almost-Submariner-like black version. And as with all Rolex, there are loads of rare and exotic versions to be found.

Shipping

At AWCo we put the safety of our shipments upfront at all times. Therefore, we ship all our packages insured.

We strive to promptly handle packages to minimize delays. Delivery times begin from the day of dispatch. While we make every effort to ensure smooth delivery, we cannot be held responsible for delays caused by destination customs, local duties, taxes, or lost items during transit.

Certainly, we understand that overloaded mail-order companies can also contribute to potential delays in the delivery process. Despite our best efforts, external factors beyond our control may affect shipping times. Rest assured, we remain committed to providing timely service and will work diligently to ensure your order reaches you as promptly as possible. For any inquiries or updates, feel free to reach out to us at info@awco.nl. Your satisfaction is our priority.

Brand

Rolex

Model

Reference

16700

Year of production (circa)

1998

Material

Steel

Crystal

Sapphire

Dial color

Black

Movement

Automatic

Diameter

40 mm

Bracelet/strap:

Steel

Lug Width

20 mm

Set Content

Original box & papers