Rolex “Ruby Serti” Dial GMT Ref. 16718

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Year of issue: 1989

Reference number: 16718

Serial number:

Condition: hardly worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

An early example of a gemstone Rolex sport model, this would have been among the first variations of the GMT to use the (then) newer 3185 movement. The watch is in absolutely mint condition. Note the soft color of the lightly faded bezel insert. This watch was recently serviced at Rolex and a new bracelet (#78798) was installed during service. A copy of the service record will accompany the watch, offering the ultimate guarantee of authenticity. 40mm. Stock 37999


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.