Rolex GMT-Master II 16718

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A precious metal toolwatch is an oxymoron, save for one exception: the pilot’s watch.And sure, not every pilot’s watch is suited for the full gold treatment. But just imagine that you’re a person of some means who has decided to take on flying as a hobby and you’re looking for the perfect sporty yet precious wrist companion. Well, there really is just one choice: the venerable Rolex GMT-Master.And vintage GMTs are perfectly suited for the occasion. Take this wonderful ref. 16718 GMT-Master II: it’s undoubtedly a sports watch but much sleeker and thinner than its contemporary brethren.More importantly, the ref. 16718 trades in the no-nonsense 40 mm stainless steel Oyster case for a luxurious 18k yellow gold one, here with a matching 18k yellow gold Jubilee bracelet. The 18k yellow gold rotating bezel features the classic black anodized aluminium inlay with gold colored numerals.The 16718 GMT-Master is powered by the upgraded caliber 3175 automatic movement with the handy quickset 24-hour hand. This watch comes as a full set with the original box and papers, which indicate that the watch was produced in 1994 and sold in 1999.

Introduction

Fasten your seatbelts for the story of the inimitable Rolex GMT-Master! As civil aviation took off after World War II, airlines began to fly over longer distances. As a result, pilots required accurate watches that could display multiple time zones simultaneously. In the early 1950s, Pan American Airways (Pan-Am) requested Rolex to develop a watch for this very purpose. The GMT-Master (‘GMT’ standing for ‘Greenwich Mean Time’) was introduced in 1954. It featured a 24-hour hand alongside the regular 12-hour hand. In combination with a bidirectional 24-hour bezel, this GMT hand could be used to read the home time zone while the 12-hour hand displayed the ‘local’ time. Despite its close links to aviation and its professional purpose, the Rolex GMT enjoys a fanbase far beyond the pilots it was originally intended for. Over the years Rolex has introduced many wonderful variations of the GMT: take your pick!

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