1989 Rolex GMT Master II Ref. 16710 "Coke Insert"
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 pilots 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!
|GMT Master II
|Rolex Jubilee 62510H 502B Ends
The case of this Rolex GMT-Master II 16710 is in excellent condition. The 62510H jubilee bracelet shows some stretch from use. The original red and black "coke" insert has a mild patina from general use.
The watch just received a full service and comes backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.