Rolex GMT-Master 16700

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The Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 16700 was a GMT watch produced from 1988 through 1999. This was the last Rolex GMT-Master model.

Overview

The Ref. 16700 GMT-Master replaced the Ref. 16750, which had been produced since 1981. The main difference was the movement, which was upgraded to Cal. 3175 but without the true GMT hand of the contemporary Ref. 16710 GMT-Master II.

Ref. 16700 was produced until 1999. It was replaced in the lineup by the GMT-Master II Ref. 16710, which had been in production since 1989.

As a lower-priced alternative, this GMT-Master model was only produced in steel. Variations included a "Pepsi" model with red and blue bezel as well as an all-black bezel version, both with a black dial. Until about 1998, the dial uses Tritium luminous paint, while later examples use Luminova.

Reference:

16700 Stainless steel

Movement:

Self-winding calibre Rolex 3175 (bi-directional winding)
Certified chronometer (COSC), 28,800 A/h
31 jewels
Power reserve 48 h

Case:

Stainless steel case
Ø 40 mm, H 12 mm
Bi-directional rotating bezel with black or "Pepsi" (red/blue) insert
Sapphire crystal with loupe
Screw-in crown
Waterproof to 10 atm

Dial:

Black
Round, rectangular, and triangular indexes and hands with luminous material

Functions:

Hours, minutes, central seconds
Date window at 3:00
GMT function: Dual time zones by turning 24 hours bezel
Hacking seconds
Rapid calendar advance

Bracelet:

Stainless steel Oyster or Jubilee bracelet with folding clasp
Oysterlock mechanism after 1989

Production:

Production: 1988-1999
Predecessor: Ref. 16750 GMT-Master
Successor: Ref. 16710 GMT-Master II

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