Rolex GMT Master 16700
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Rolex GMT Master 16700

Why We Love It

Pepsi GMT-Masters are, without apology, some of the most desirable and sought after Rolex sport models on the market. 

From the vintage Reference 1675 to the brand new 126710 BLRO- and everything in between- the demand for the classic 'Pepsi' GMT is at an all-time high.

This example, a Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 16700, features a short lived dial configuration featuring elements of both vintage and modern Rolexes. Its gloss black dial - a design language still used today - is highlighted by Tritium filled white gold indices which have just begun to develop a creamy off white tone. In other words, it balances the luxurious glossy finish used today with luminescent material that will continue to develop patina as it ages - something the current models will not do. It is also fitted with the properly vintage 'Pepsi' bezel insert, which offers a gentle contrast between rich blue and softly faded fuchsia coloration . 

For many collectors, the joy of owning a vintage watch is basking in the rich character and patina that has developed over the lifetime of the watch while also feeling comfortable in regular, non-precious usage. This 16700 sits on the cusp of neo-vintage design with its current -- and future potential -- patina, presenting an opportunity for the true enthusiast to witness the developing that character first hand while offering robust internals and modern usability.

Its the kind of watch that- years from now- collectors and enthusiasts alike will look back on and say 'I wish I had known that was the next big thing..."

The Story

As the legend goes, Pan-Am approached Rolex in 1953 looking for a watch specially designed for their pilots, and a partnership was quickly formed. 

That first reference of GMT-Master, the Reference 6542, was essentially a heavily-modified Turn-O-Graph with the Caliber 1035 movement upgraded to include a 24-hour driving wheel and a 24-hour-hand. The case was modified to include a rotating 24 hour Bakelite bezel in a distinctive blue and red, but lacked the crown guards that would adorn all subsequent references of GMT-Master. But the Reference 6542 was only produced from 1954 to 1960, and was the replaced with what was to become the gold standard of vintage Rolex GMTs- the Reference 1675.

In addition to the GMT's association with Pan Am, the model also has another surprising connection: to NASA. While a Rolex was never flight-tested by NASA for manned space missions, unlike the much-vaunted Omega Speedmaster, Rolexes did in fact make it to space on the wrists of astronauts. Jack Swigert, from the crew of the Apollo 13 mission, credited his Rolex GMT-Master--not his Omega Speedmaster--for allowing him to make life-saving calculations that allowed the astronauts to fly back to Earth after their spacecraft's oxygen tanks ruptured. Another visited the moon in the pocket of Ron Evans' space suit.

 

Details

SKU: AS03183

Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 39mm (excluding the crown). Rolex automatic winding movement. Circa 1997.

Overall Condition: The case is in near mint condition overall, showing no sign of polish and light wear from use. Tritium luminous gloss black dial is in near mint condition with applied white gold indicies. Service tritium luminous handset. Signedn crown.

Includes 78360/593 solid link Oyster bracelet with signed Flip-Lock clasp.

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