Rolex GMT Master Ref. 16700

Year of issue: 1991
Reference number: 16700
Condition: worn
Status: available
Dealer country: United States
Price in US $ 10,800


This is a beautifully aged Rolex GMT Master reference 16700 in stainless steel. The original lume on the original dial has nicely aged to a lovely cream tone. The original lume on the hands has also aged to the same cream tone. The case is nice and thick and the facets on the lugs still exist. This GMT comes on a stainless steel Rolex Jubilee bracelet.


Matthew Bain


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.