Rolex GMT-Master II 16710

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The GMT-Master II is not the successor of the GMT-Master. Instead, it's exactly the same watch with a different function and therefore another movement. The GMT-Master II got introduced in 1983. In 1989, Rolex introduced the reference 16710. It has a quickset hour hand, which entails that the hours can be adjusted without stopping the second-, minute- and 24-hour hand. Accordingly, you can - in combination with the rotable bezel - read the time in an extra time zone. Moreover, because of the quickset hour hand, it has a quickset date function. You only got to rotate the hour hand past midnight for two times. The only optical differences are the slightly thicker case (thanks to the movement) and 'GMT-Master II' displayed on the dial. The example that we, at Amsterdam Vintage Watches, have for offer dates back to 1991. One thing that should be mentioned is this piece's cool bezel inlay which has faded to matte blue and salmon pink. The case and bezel have pretty sharp edges. The matching, stainless steel solid Oyster bracelet is in good condition too. If you're looking for a classic Rolex in good condition for a fair price, this is the one you should go for!

Introduction

Rolex GMT-MasterFasten your seatbelts for the story of the Rolex GMT-Master. Aviation company Pan-Am requested Rolex to create a wristwatch that would display multiple time-zones simultaneously as their flights got longer and they had to cross multiple time zones. Rolex came up with the GMT-Master (‘GMT’ stands for ‘Greenwich Mean Time’) in 1954. The watch features a date-function and an extra hour hand (with triangle) that points out the second time zone on the bi-directional turning, 24-hour bezel.Still linked to aviation and although meant for professional use, it enjoys a much wider fan base ever since it first saw light. Over the years it underwent some changes and there are so many wonderful variations of this all-time Rolex classic. Some GMT’s are great as a single purchase, others are a wonderful addition to any collection and some of them can be considered as the crowning glory.PepsiThe red/ blue bezel inserts on the steel GMT’s are referred to as ‘Pepsi bezels’ as it assembles the same colours, but in fact Rolex chose this combination because of the Pan-Am colours. The heritage of the Pepsi bezel starts in 1959, when the rare bakelite bezels were used. Up until 2007 aluminium Pepsi bezel inlays were used (optional, next to an all-black or black/red a.k.a ‘Coke bezel’). After being discontinued for 7 years, Rolex re-launched the beloved ‘Pepsi’, yet this time made out of cerachrom and only available on the white-gold model. In 2018 Basel World, Rolex introduced the stainless steel Pepsi with Jubilee bracelet. 

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Packages are generally dispatched within 2 days after receipt of payment and are shipped within the Netherlands by Registered Mail through the Dutch carrier PostNL and for other countries by Fedex. Consult us if you prefer another method of shipping. For most destinations tracking is available.