Tritium Dial Rolex GMT ref. 16700

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Year of issue: 1991

Reference number: 16700

Serial number: N204xxx

Condition: hardly worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

Offering a vintage look, yet the robustness of a newer watch, this “N series” GMT is an early example of a sapphire crystal GMT I with a tritium marker dial. 40mm. Stock 42035


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.