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ROLEX GMT MASTER 16700: Our 5 Minute Review

by Paul Symonds January 07, 2021 3 min read

ROLEX GMT MASTER 16700: Our 5 Minute Review | Swiss Watch Trader

OUR 5 MINUTE REVIEW OF THE ROLEX GMT MASTER 16700

Sit back and read our 5 minute review of the Rolex GMT Master 16700. The GMT Master 16700 was released by Rolex in 1988 and was initially on sale alongside the slightly more expensive Rolex GMT Master II 16710. The Rolex GMT Master 16700 was eventually discontinued in 1999. Unlike the Rolex GMT Master II 16710, the 16700 was only available with Blue/Red (BLRO) "Pepsi" and or all black (LN) bezel inserts. The Rolex GMT Master 16700 was powered bu the Rolex calibre 3175 automatic movement.

OUR ROLEX GMT MASTER REVIEWS

 

ROLEX GMT MASTER 16700 - PEPSI / BLACK BEZEL

Rolex GMT Master 16700

The Rolex GMT Master 16700 was in production from 1988 until 1999 and was available with the iconic red/blue "Pepsi" bezel insert or all black version - the red/black "Coke" bezel was not an option. From launch until 1999, the Rolex GMT Master 16700 was offered alongside the Rolex GMT Master II 16710The two watches were almost identical however the 16700 was powered by the slightly simpler Rolex calibre 3175 automatic movement without quickset. The GMT Master II 16710 was powered by the Rolex calibre 3185 automatic movement with GMT hand and quickset functions. Most Rolex GMT Master 16700 watches were originally fitted with SWISS T25 dials with tritium hour markers and hands however the very last produced were fitted with "SWISS" only dials. 

 

Brand: Rolex
Model Name: GMT Master 
Model Number: 16700
Case Size: 40mm
Case Material: 904L Stainless Steel
Movement: Rolex Calibre 3175 with GMT
Depth Rating: 100m
Bezel:
Bidirectional Anodized Aluminium - 120 Click
Blue/Red - BLRO - "Pepsi"
LN - Black
Glass: Sapphire Crystal with Cyclops

 

ROLEX GMT Master II 16700 - T25 TRITIUM DIAL: 1989 - 1999

Rolex GMT Master 16700

Serial Numbers: R, L, E, X, N, C, S, W, T, U
Case:
40mm stainless steel case with lug holes
Dial:
Black - "SWISS - T<25" - Tritium Indices & Hands
Bezel:
Blue/Red - BLRO - "Pepsi"
LN - Black
Movement:
Rolex Calibre 3175 with GMT
Bracelet:
Rolex Oyster 78790

 

ROLEX GMT MASTER 16700: 3175 MOVEMENT

Rolex GMT Master 16700

The Rolex GMT Master 16700 is powered by the caliber 3175, a certified Chronometer with 31 jewels. The calibre 3175 was first announced by Rolex in 1988 and featured an additional GMT hand. This hand was not independently controlled and followed the hour hand at a -2 ratio. The rotor that powers this movement is bidirectional and when fully wound the movement will have a power reserve of 48 hours.

 

BUYING A PRE-OWNED ROLEX GMT MASTER 16700

Our collection of pre-owned, used & second hand Rolex GMT Master watches include the 16700. At Swiss Watch Trader we specialise in selling only the very best examples of the classic Rolex GMT Master II 16700 and unless there is a valid reason, ALL our Rolex GMT Master II watches will include their original boxes and papers. When buying any Rolex GMT Master II you need to ensure you are getting the very best example with as much of the original paraphernalia as possible. You should always look for a Rolex GMT Master II that is complete with its original inner and outer boxes, warranty certificate or card, manuals, hang tags and if possible original sales receipt. For more information on how to buy a Rolex GMT Master from Swiss Watch Trader and the the services we offer including buying a Rolex GMT Master 16700 on finance, head over to the information section.

Want to know more about the Rolex GMT Master 16700? Why not read our article on the History of the Rolex GMT Master which as well at the 16700, details a brief history of the many versions of the Rolex GMT Master since its release in 1954. For more information on other Rolex watch models including the Sea Dweller, Daytona and Explorer, head over to the News & Reviews section. Please get in touch if you have any questions about any of our new, used, pre-owned and second hand Rolex GMT Master watches.

 

VIEW OUR ROLEX GMT MASTER 16700 WATCHES FOR SALE

Contact Us today if you have a question about any of our Rolex GMT Master 16700 watches for sale - we will be happy to help!

Paul Symonds
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