Rolex GMT Master 16700
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
Why We Love It
Pepsi GMT-Masters are, without apology, some of the most desirable and sought after Rolex sport models on the market.
From the vintage Reference 1675 to the brand new 126710 BLRO- and everything in between- the demand for the classic 'Pepsi' GMT is at an all-time high.
This example, a Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 16700, features a short lived dial configuration featuring elements of both vintage and modern Rolexes. Its gloss black dial - a design language still used today - is highlighted by Tritium filled white gold indices which have just begun to develop a creamy off white tone. In other words, it balances the luxurious glossy finish used today with luminescent material that will continue to develop patina as it ages - something the current models will not do. It is also fitted with the properly vintage 'Pepsi' bezel insert, which offers a gentle contrast between rich blue and softly faded fuchsia coloration .
For many collectors, the joy of owning a vintage watch is basking in the rich character and patina that has developed over the lifetime of the watch while also feeling comfortable in regular, non-precious usage. This 16700 sits on the cusp of neo-vintage design with its current -- and future potential -- patina, presenting an opportunity for the true enthusiast to witness the developing that character first hand while offering robust internals and modern usability.
Its the kind of watch that- years from now- collectors and enthusiasts alike will look back on and say 'I wish I had known that was the next big thing..."
As the legend goes, Pan-Am approached Rolex in 1953 looking for a watch specially designed for their pilots, and a partnership was quickly formed.
That first reference of GMT-Master, the Reference 6542, was essentially a heavily-modified Turn-O-Graph with the Caliber 1035 movement upgraded to include a 24-hour driving wheel and a 24-hour-hand. The case was modified to include a rotating 24 hour Bakelite bezel in a distinctive blue and red, but lacked the crown guards that would adorn all subsequent references of GMT-Master. But the Reference 6542 was only produced from 1954 to 1960, and was the replaced with what was to become the gold standard of vintage Rolex GMTs- the Reference 1675.
In addition to the GMT's association with Pan Am, the model also has another surprising connection: to NASA. While a Rolex was never flight-tested by NASA for manned space missions, unlike the much-vaunted Omega Speedmaster, Rolexes did in fact make it to space on the wrists of astronauts. Jack Swigert, from the crew of the Apollo 13 mission, credited his Rolex GMT-Master--not his Omega Speedmaster--for allowing him to make life-saving calculations that allowed the astronauts to fly back to Earth after their spacecraft's oxygen tanks ruptured. Another visited the moon in the pocket of Ron Evans' space suit.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.
Rolex GMT Master 16700