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Original gloss black dial with luminous inlaid white gold markers, Mercedes hands and GMT arrow hand. The dial is correctly signed “Swiss” and only featured on Rolex watches for approximately one year in 1999 as they transitioned from using tritium to Luminova. The dial has not been touched and remains in excellent original condition.
The reference 16700 in stainless steel with “Pepsi” bezel. The A serial number engraved in-between the lugs denotes the year of production to 1999 which is correct for this dial type. The watch features a sapphire crystal and cal. 3175 movement. The case and bracelet are in excellent condition having been professionally polished by Rolex during service and unworn since, retaining the protective case stickers.
Original Rolex Oyster GMT-Master bracelet with flip lock clasp, reference 78790 with clasp code X6 and 501 B end links. Bracelets can be resized on request.
Released in 1954, the GMT-Master resulted from Pan Am and Rolex collaborating on a watch that could tell the time in two different places at once
With the further innovation and popularisation of commercial flying, the distances of flights became greater. This resulted in pilots crossing into different time zones more frequently. Thus, a need for uniformity across the industry was borne as potential issues could arise when communicating with ground teams in a different time zone to the pilots. To eliminate these errors, the aviation industry adopted a standard time-zone, Greenwich Mean Time. As such, the GMT-Master’s fourth hand, the 2nd-hour hand, was to stay on Greenwich Mean Time – which is where the name for the watch comes from.