Rolex GMT Master Ref. 16700 with Box & Papers
One of the most iconic designs ever produced by Rolex, the esteemed GMT Master continues to be celebrated passionately in the watchmaking community. Released in 1988 alongside the GMT Master II, the Rolex GMT Master Ref. 16700 was originally proposed as the more affordable of the two models. While maintaining the majority of features, materials, and precision craftmanship, the GMT Master Ref. 16700 did not include the hacking and quickset features offered in its more expensive GMT Master II counterpart. Despite these differences and the models extensive 10 year run from 1988 to 1999, the GMT Master Ref. 16700 was produced in smaller numbers, making it an excellent and rarer collector’s piece.
In particular this 16700 reference incorporates the famous ‘Pepsi’ colourway, unofficially named after its blue and red bezel, where the once striking red has aged beautifully into a soft rose: such desirable effect has been achieved through this GMT’s long lifespan of continuous wear. A bold and timeless combination of colours allows this watch to command a real presence on the wrist, measuring at a moderate 40mm diameter. Moreover this particular watch is accompanied by its original inner and outer packaging as well as booklets, hang tags, details of its service in 2014 and warranty certificate. The GMT Master Ref. 16700 is a truly special Rolex release treasured by passionate collectors and admired by all. Standing as the exclamation point of any vintage watch collection, this execution of GMT Master is, without question, a must have.
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