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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2002
    Reference No: 16710
    Movement No: 8’510’276
    Case No: K197’046
    Model Name: GMT-Master II "Coke"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3185, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped “78790A”, endlinks stamped “801”, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “DE8”
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee dated 19th October 2002 stamped Guangzhou Friendship Co. Ltd., China, instruction manual, product literature, service invoice, green wallet, hang tags, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex GMT-Master timepieces play a pivotal role in the history of Rolex sports watches and aviation. Initially introduced in the 1950’s, the collaborative effort between Rolex and Pan-Am Airways led to a groundbreaking wristwatch that would continue to become one of the most iconic timepieces in the world. In 1983, Rolex released the GMT-Master II ref. 16760 equipped with a thicker case, a wider bezel and larger crown guards, earning the nickname the “Fat Lady”. Three years later, Rolex introduced an upgraded GMT-Master II ref. 16710 with a slimmer case and a new bezel insert featuring “black” instead of “blue” and earned its nickname the “coke”.

    The present example Rolex GMT-Master II ref. 16710 “Coke” from circa 2002 is presented in attractive condition and offered with the original guarantee from Rolex China and other accessories that came with the watch when it was purchased by the original owner from the boutique in 2002. Superbly valued, the present example will surely delight collectors of Rolex sports timepieces.

  • Artist Biography

    Rolex

    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 fine and rare stainless steel dual-time wristwatch with center seconds, date, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2002
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$55,000 - 110,000 
€5,900-11,900
$7,100-14,100

Sold for HK$119,700

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi

Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031

[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2020