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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1989
    Reference No: 16710
    Movement No: 5'593'981
    Case No: L604'278
    Model Name: GMT-Master II
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3185, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, reference 78360, end links stamped 501B, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp, reference 62523 H 18
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex presentation box with outer packaging, punched guarantee, leather wallet, product literature and service paper dated 2017

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex GMT-Master II revolutionized the original GMT. The model was fitted with a new calibre that allowed the user to quickly adjust the hour hand forward or backwards in one hour jumps. When the hour is adjusted, the minute hand continues to run, which increases the efficiency of the watch and its accuracy. In 1983, the first GMT Master II was the reference 16760 aka “the Fat Lady” that was replaced in 1989 by the present reference 16710 sporting a slimmer case. The reference was available with three bezel variations: the Coke bezel (black and red), the All Black bezel, and the most sought after Pepsi, blue and red bezel, like the present example.
    Presented today in excellent overall condition, the watch comes complete with its box, original punched guarantee and product literature. This versatile watch with a strong and very recognizable design and color scheme is the perfect watch to be worn as a sports watch but will also add style to any formal wear.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 16710
A very attractive stainless steel dual time wristwatch with bracelet, box and guarantee

Circa 1989
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for CHF18,750

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The Geneva Watch Auction: NINE

Geneva Auction 11-12 May 2019