Rolex GMT-Master II 16710

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Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 16710A "Coke" bezel
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The Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 16710 was a GMT watch produced from 1989 through 2007.

Overview

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.

Reference:

16710A - Stainless steel with red/black "Coke" bezel
16710B - Stainless steel with red/blue "Pepsi" bezel
16710N - Stainless steel with black bezel
16713 - Rolesor steel and gold with black bezel
16713 - Rolesor steel and gold with brown/cream "Root Beer" bezel
16718 - yellow gold with black bezel
16718 - yellow gold with brown bezel
16718 - yellow gold with brown/cream "Root Beer" bezel

Movement:

Self-winding calibre Rolex 3185 (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
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: 1989-2007
Predecessor: Ref. 16760 GMT-Master II
Successor: Ref. 116710 GMT-Master II

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