1988 Rolex GMT Master II Tritium Jubilee Ref. 16710 (Full Set & Service Papers)

Model:
Year of issue: 1988
Reference number: 16710
Condition: mint
Status: sold
Dealer country: Dubai
Price in US $ n/a

Description

The Collectors Set       -       The 16710 reference is considered as a very contemporary watch given its size, robustness and look. Its not really considered as a vintage watch, however that changes when it is one of the early Tritium dial versions. What we have here is one of those, it is actually the earliest version of the 16710 we have ever seen. The reference 16710 was officially launched in 1989 in the L Series, the current example however is a R Series watch from 1988. It has a flawless black dial with Tritium Luminous and matching hands, housed in a strong case with straight and even lugs showing factory bevels. What makes this watch even more interesting for the seasoned collector is the bracelet. Most of the 16710s were delivered on Oyster bracelet, however this example has a factory 61510H Jubilee bracelet with the correct 502B end links. GMTs on Jubilee bracelet are sexy, they have a great appearance on the wrist and are also known to be more comfortable. Last but not least this watch comes in a super full set with its inner and outer box, hang tag, cleaning cloth, punched, stamped and dated warranty certificate and two service receipts from Italy. The watch was initially sold in Garmisch Patenkirchen in 1990, a very posh and popular Ski Resort in Germany. We feel that this configuration of the 16710 is the real deal, the ultimate version a Vintage Rolex collector would want to own.

SKU 1.1.858
Brand Rolex
Model GMT Master II Tritum Jubilee
Ref. No. 16710
Serial No. R988XXX
Year 1988
Gender Gents
Case Size 40mm
Case Very good and strong case that has been polished in the past and is showing light wear from age. The lugs remain straight and even with visible factory bevels. The numbers on the case are crisp and fully intact.
Bracelet / Strap Very good factory 62510H Jubilee bracelet showing moderate stretch from age. The end links are 502B, the bracelet has 20 links
Dial Excellent Tritium dial with matching hands. The luminous material has aged to a light off-white color
Price Sold
Crystal Sapphire
Movement Automatic
Functions Date, GMT
Condition Very good
Box Orig. box and carton
Papers Original punched, dated and signed Warranty Certificate from Germany, 2 Service Invoices, hang tag and booklets, cleaning cloth

Dealer

Tariq Malik

THE GMT-MASTER 1955

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.

THE FIRST TRANSCONTINENTAL FLIGHTS

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.