The Rolex GMT is the jet-setting icon of the Rolex sports watch family. The history of this sophisticated, versatile style dates back to 1954 when Rolex received a request from Pan Am to create a technical pilots watch that could indicate two time zones simultaneously. As advances in aviation made transcontinental flights commercially available Pan Am needed a watch that could be issued to their crews on the long-haul international flights.
GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time - the time zone which regulates world clocks and is required for all aviation planning and schedules. The Rolex GMT Master has a fourth 24-hour hand that directly displays the same time zone as the standard 12-hour hand but on a 24-hour scale. The addition of this GMT hand enabled crews to set the watch to GMT or another time zone, and, using the rotating 24-hour scale bezel, correct the offset to display a second time zone on the 24-hour scale.
This feature is just as useful today, allowing the modern traveler to easily keep track of his home time zone, no matter how far he may have journeyed.
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 Oyster 78790A
CASE & BRACELET
The case of this Rolex GMT-Master II 16710 has been previously been polished is in excellent condition with thick and even lugs. The 78790A bracelet with 12 links and solid end links shows little stretch and is in overall great condition. The original black insert is free of any scratches and retains deep black coloration.
DIAL & HANDS
Excellent black gloss dial is in an immaculate condition free of any blemishing or patina. The luminova hands match the lume plots and are show no lume degradation.
The watch just received a full service and comes backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.