1990 Rolex GMT-Master II (Ref. 16710) "Coke"
In 1954 Pan Am started using the newly designed Boeing 707 which allowed for Pan Am to fly transcontinentally and is said to have started the commercially available jet age. In the same year, Rolex received a request from Pan Am to create a technical pilot's watch which indicated two time zones simultaneously that could be issued by the airline to their crews on long-haul transcontinental international flights.
GMT or UTC stands for Greenwich Mean Time or Coordinated Universal Time which is the primary time standard by which the world regulates clocks and time. GMT or UTC is the time zone that is required for all aviation planning, weather forecasts, schedules, and other paperwork.
The original Rolex GMT Master has a fourth 24-hour hand directly displaying the same time zone as the standard 12-hour hand but on a 24-hour scale. This GMT hand enabled the crews to set the watch to GMT or another time zone, and, using the rotatable 24-hour scale bezel, set to the correct offset thus displaying a second-time-zone on the 24-hour scale.
This modern classic is absolutely stunning and would make a great stand-alone piece or a great addition to and existing collection!
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The strong case has been lightly polished in the past retaining full and even lug dimensions. The original "Coke" bezel insert is in wonderful condition remaining deep black and bright red in coloration, showing little signs of use. The Rolex 78360 Oyster bracelet with 501B end pieces is excellent unpolished condition, displaying light stretch and retains 11 links.
None. The watch just received a full service and is running at COSC spec, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.