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Why We Love It
Of the entire Rolex professional line, the GMT-Master is definitely a favorite here at Analog:Shift!
The GMT-Master has a rich history and there are a wide variety of options on the table when considering a purchase. Whether you decide to go with a vintage model or a more contemporary variant, you can rest assured that you are getting a timeless classic with a functional complication in the form of a second timezone indicator.
This particular example, a Reference 116710BLNR, shares all the key design cues with previous iterations of the GMT, yet is unapologetically modern. Its ceramic bezel and blue 24-hour hand really set this piece apart from its vintage brothers, while its classic steel case and bracelet construction links it firmly to the past.
If you're hesitant to start down the vintage road - or simply need of a robust modern classic that can take a beating, this GMT-Master II will do the trick.
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The years following the end of The Second World War saw the world become a much, much smaller place.
Advances in aviation technology led to the world’s first nonstop Transatlantic passenger flights between Europe and North America, and the era of the jetsetter began. Along with this new age of travel arose a need for travelers, and more importantly pilots, to have a wristwatch that could display two time zones at once.
As a pioneer of transatlantic and transcontinental flight, Pan American Airlines approached Rolex in 1953 looking for a watch specially designed for their pilots, and Rolex agreed to take on the project. The newly designed Submariner became the base for this new watch, and several important complications were added. A date function with a cyclops lens magnifier, GMT complication, and two-colored bezel to provide long-haul pilots with the info they needed as they circumnavigated the globe.
The GMT-Master’s 24-hour hand works in conjunction with a rotating bezel to make tracking a second time zone incredibly simple. When the wearer rotates the bezel so that the numbers around the bezel correspond to a second time zone (such as Greenwich Mean Time, the inspiration for the model’s nomenclature), it allows the watch to track any two time zones in the world at once.
Not long after the debut of the GMT-Master at the Basel World Fair in 1954, Pan-Am adopted the GMT Master as its official wristwatch. Decades later, the GMT-Master and its “Pepsi” bezel has become a true icon of the watch world. It is instantly recognizable and eternally stylish – the very best of what Rolex has to offer.
Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 40mm (excluding the crown). Automatic-winding movement by Rolex. Rolex Reference 116710BLNR. Circa 2013.
Overall Condition: The case is in exceptional condition overall showing only light wear from handling. Luminous gloss black Luminova dial is in as-new condition with matching handset. Signed crown.
Includes solid link stainless steel Oyster bracelet with signed Fliplock clasp (78200/SEL). Also includes warranty card from Mamic VI. Pero Mamic, Croatia dated 7/20/2013.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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