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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1998
    Reference No: 16700
    Case No: U37****
    Model Name: GMT Master "Salmon Pink"
    Material: Stainless Steel
    Calibre: Automatic Rolex GMT Calibre 3175
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless Steel Oyster
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless Steel Oyster Fliplock
    Accessories: Rolex box punched certificate, hang tag

  • 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. 16700
The world's most famous pilots watch is undoubtedly Rolex's original GMT-Master. Conceived at the dawn of the jet age to allow pilots to keep track of increasing time differences via a now-iconic blue and red rotatable bezel. Incredibly desirable with its perfectly faded pink bezel, this example from 1998 with lightly aged cream coloured Tritium lume, is in superb condition and has retained its original box, certificate and hang tag. With Rolex 5 digit sports references now firmly in the 'neo-vintage' category, sourcing high quality examples like this is only getting harder by the day.