Rolex GMT-Master II 16718

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Just look at this beauty. Why oh why would you ever opt for a modern GMT when you could go for such a classic?This reference 16718 from 1990 is executed in a lovely svelte 18k yellow-gold Oyster case that is sleeker and thinner than the modern executions of the GMT-Master II. The 18k yellow-gold rotating bezel features a black anodised aluminium inlay with charming yellow Arabic numerals. This baby comes on the dressy 18k yellow-gold Jubilee bracelet with the concealed Rolex clasp, just the way we like our GMTs.The glossy black dial with gilt printing is the perfect accompaniment to the bezel inlay and features applied 18k yellow-gold indices with tritium lume that has aged to a pleasing creamy colour that matches well with the tritium-filled handset.This 16718 GMT-Master II runs on the upgraded caliber 3185 automatic movement with the convenient option to separately adjust the 24-hour GMT hand in addition to a quickset date function. The watch is in excellent condition with a thick case, sharp lines, tight bracelet, and near mint bezel inlay.

Introduction

Rolex GMT-MasterFasten 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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