Unpolished Rolex Coke GMT ref. 16710 with Original Papers

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Year of issue: 1989

Reference number: 16710

Serial number:

Condition: hardly worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

An early GMT ref. #16710 in gorgeous unpolished condition with a black and red “Coke” bezel and accompanied by the original warranty paper. This modern/vintage watch is in a category that is rapidly increasing in popularity. In person, the hands and markers have a soft rich patina that increases the allure of the watch overall. The watch is in nearly “new old stock” condition and shows virtually no wear. Note the original sticker on the case back. 40mm. Stock 37889


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.