*Unpolished* 1996 Rolex GMT-Master (Ref. 16700) "Pepsi"
The Rolex GMT-Master, a symbol of sophistication and versatility, has a storied history that dates back to 1954. It all started when Rolex received a request from Pan American Airways (Pan Am) to develop a technical pilot's watch capable of displaying two time zones simultaneously. With the advent of commercial transcontinental flights, Pan Am needed a watch for their long-haul international flight crews that would enable them to keep track of time in multiple locations.
GMT, which stands for Greenwich Mean Time, is the universal time standard that regulates the world's clocks and serves as the basis for aviation planning and schedules. The Rolex GMT-Master is equipped with a fourth 24-hour hand that displays the same time zone as the standard 12-hour hand but on a 24-hour scale. This GMT hand allows wearers to set the watch to GMT or any other time zone and then adjust the offset using the rotating 24-hour bezel to display a second timezone. This remarkable feature makes the Rolex GMT-Master a must-have for anyone who frequently travels across multiple time zones, allowing them to keep track of two time zones with ease and precision.
The reference 16700 GMT-Master started production in 1988 as the upgraded version of its predecessor, the 16750. Featuring the updated 3175 movements and sapphire crystal. Rolex offered the 16700 GMT-Master as a more affordable "GMT" option alongside the more upgraded GMT-Master II, and production went on for a surprising 11 years when it ceased production in 1999. Interestingly enough, the ref. 16700 had notably fewer production numbers than its big brother the 16710 making for an overall harder watch to obtain as a result.
|Bracelet||Rolex 78790 Oyster Bracelet W/ 501B End Pieces|
The unpolished case is in impressive condition, displaying honest signs of use but the original factory finishing and chamfers remain extremely crisp. The "Pepsi" bezel insert is in near-flawless condition showing no fading or notable signs of use. The case back is also unpolished and retains the original Rolex green factory sticker. The original Rolex 78790 Oyster bracelet with 501B end pieces retains 11 links that show very minimal stretch and will fit up to a 7-inch wrist.
The original glossy black dial with white gold surround markers is in virtually flawless condition, showing no damage with the only elements of age being nominal in nature. The tritium lume plots are bright with a subtle ivory color and exhibit no degradation when inspected under UV light. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly with no degradation present when inspected under UV light.
None. The watch is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.