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Rolex GMT-Master II 116710

Rolex GMT-Master II, Ref. 116713LN
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Main Article: Rolex GMT-Master

The Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 116710 was a GMT watch produced from 2006 through 2018.

Overview

Rolex dramatically expanded the GMT-Master II range with the Ref. 16710, produced since 1989, but this new Ref. 116710 was even more upscale. This model introduced the Cerachrom bezel insert, Triplock crown, a new upgraded Oysterlock bracelet, a new movement with a Parachrom Bleu hairspring, and a larger case. The look is entirely new thanks to the ceramic bezel, upgraded dial, and "ROLEX" rehaut. The Ref. 116710 was Rolex's primary GMT model until it was replaced in 2018 by the Ref. 126710.

Like its predecessor, the new Cal. 3186 features an independently adjustable 24-hour hand that also adjusts the date function. The major difference is in the setting of the 12-hour hand, which is now smoother and more precise than before. Another major advancement is the use of a Parachrom Bleu hairspring, the first model to use this new material and be produced entirely in-house by Rolex.

The all-new GMT-Master II was previewed at Baselworld in 2005 to mark the 40th anniversary of the GMT-Master model. This initial offering was Ref. 116718LN in solid yellow gold with a black bezel and green dial or black dial and green GMT hand. After this introduction, customers began speculating about the introduction of a new range of similar watches in other colors and materials.

The full launch of the new GMT-Master II came at Baselworld in 2007. There, the steel Ref. 116710LN and steel and gold Ref. 116713LN were finally released. The only two-tone bezel was the jeweled Ref. 116758SARU with sapphires and rubies creating the "Pepsi" look.

In 2013, Rolex introduced the first two-tone Cerachrom bezel. The new Ref. 116710BLNR featured a blue and black bezel, initially nicknamed "Bruiser" by Rolex but now usually called "Batman". Also new was blue Chromalight luminous paint on the hands and dial markers. Available in stainless steel with an Oyster bracelet, this reference was welcomed by fans for its fresh design.

It was not until 2014 that the iconic "Pepsi" bezel returned to the GMT-Master lineup after a 7-year absence. The new Ref. 116719BLRO was available only in white gold, however, and retailed for nearly $40,000.

Ref. 116710 was produced until 2018, when the updated Ref. 126710 was introduced.

Reference:

116710LN (2007-2018) - Steel case, black dial, black bezel, green GMT hand
116710BLNR "Batman" (2013-2019) - Steel case, black dial, black and blue bezel, blue GMT hand
116713LN (2006-2018) - Steel and yellow gold case, black dial, black bezel, green GMT hand
116719BLRO "Pepsi" (2014-2018) - White gold case, black dial, red and blue bezel, red GMT hand
116758SA - Yellow gold case, blue and white diamond bezel, black dial, white diamond case
116758SANR - Yellow gold case, black and white diamond bezel, black dial, white diamond case
116758SARU - Yellow gold case, red and blue diamond bezel, black dial, white diamond case
116759SA - White gold case, blue and white diamond bezel, black dial
116759SANR - White gold case, black and white diamond bezel, black dial
116759SARU - White gold case, red and blue diamond bezel, black dial
116769TBR "Ice Watch" - White gold case, white diamond pave dial, bezel, bracelet, and case

Movement:

Self-winding calibre Rolex 3186 (bi-directional winding)
Certified chronometer (COSC), 28,800 A/h
31 jewels
Power reserve 50 h

Case:

Stainless steel case
Ø 40 mm, H 12.4 mm
Bi-directional rotating bezel
Sapphire crystal with loupe
Screw-in crown
Waterproof to 100 m

Dial:

Black or green
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 and hand as well as independently-adjustable 12 hours hand
Hacking seconds
Rapid calendar advance

Bracelet:

Stainless steel Oyster or Jubilee bracelet with folding clasp

Production:

Production: 2006-2018
Predecessor: Ref. 16710 GMT-Master II
Successor: Ref. 126710 GMT-Master II

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