18k Yellow Gold Rolex GMT ref. 16718

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Year of issue: 1988

Reference number: 16718

Serial number: 8370xxx

Condition: hardly worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

Offering broad appeal for both their fashion and collectable value, vintage gold GMTs are a truly versatile way to express your personal style. Transitioning effortlessly from professional or casual daytime attire to more formal evening occasions, this time piece has the robustness one would expect from a professional sport watch, yet also possesses the elegance of a dress watch. The GMT was the only model from Rolex’s line of professional watches to be offered with a Jubilee bracelet and this break from their Oyster bracelet tradition both augments the fashion and versatility. The watch also offers excellent value when compared to older models with plastic crystals. 40mm. Stock 37486


Joshua Bonifas


The GMT-Master was developed to meet the specific needs of airline pilots. It became the official watch of several airlines, among them the famous Pan American World Airways, better known as Pan Am. Its most distinguishing visual feature was the two-tone bezel which marked daytime from nighttime hours.


As intercontinental travel developed in the 1950s, airliners began to fly swiftly across several successive time zones. For the first time it became important to know the time in various places in the world, simultaneously. It was the dawn of the jet age, and Rolex responded with a watch to match the spirit of the times.