Rolex GMT-Master II 16710
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The Ref. 16710 GMT-Master II replaced the "transitional" Ref. 16760, which had been produced since 1983. The main difference was a slimmer case, welcomed by buyers as the previous reference had been nicknamed "Fat Lady"!
The movement was slightly upgraded to Cal. 3185.
Three bezel options were offered: Red and black "Coke" (the only option on the previous reference), red and blue "Pepsi" (the classic GMT-Master look), and all-black. The similar Ref. 16713 was a two-tone Rolesor offering, while the Ref. 16718 was yellow gold. The Ref. 16713 was available with a brown and cream "Root Beer" or "Tiger Eye" or an all-black bezel. The Ref. 16718 also offered black, Root Beer, or an all-brown bezel.
Over its long life, the model was upgraded a few times. In 1997, the original Tritium luminous paint on the dial was replaced by Luminova. This was upgraded again in 2000 with Superluminova, and solid bracelet end links were added. In 2003, the new laser-etched crown was specified, along with a new "no-holes" case. In the final year, 2007, the new Cal. 3186 was sometimes used.
Ref. 16700 was produced until 2007. It was replaced in the lineup by the GMT-Master II Ref. 116710, which introduced a Cerachrom bezel. Rolex was unable to produce an acceptable two-tone bezel ceramic bezel until 2013, however, so the "Pepsi" Ref. 16710 remained much in demand.