1991 Rolex GMT-Master II (Ref. 16710) "Coke"
The Rolex GMT is the jet-setting icon of the Rolex sports watch family. Like the Rolex Submariner, the Rolex GMT is sophisticated, rugged, and versatile. 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!
|Strap||Black NATO Strap|
The excellent case has been lightly polished in the past, retaining very strong and even lugs that show some signs from use. The "Coke" bezel insert is in wonderful condition, showing very little signs of use and its colors remaining deep black and bright red. The original sapphire crystal remains in excellent condition as well. The watch will come supplies on a black NATO strap.
The glossy black dial with white gold surround markers is absolutely flawless, showing no blemishes or signs of aging. The tritium lume plots show no patina, remaining bright white in coloration, and exhibit no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly and show no degradation or lume loss when inspected under U.V. light.
None. The watch is keeping time within COSC spec, previous service history is unknown.