Rolex GMT-Master 'Swiss Only'

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REF 16700
Automatic
39 MM
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SKU AS04572
Article Number 40920447
ref 16700
case size 39 MM
movement Automatic Winding
approximate age 1990s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Travel
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Metal
lug width 20 MM
Includes Includes solid link stainless steel Oyster Bracelet (78790/501B) with signed Fliplock clasp. Also includes serialized hangtag and punched papers from Ben Bridge Jewelers dated 11/8/1999.
overall condition The professionally refurbished case is in outstanding condition overall showing only light wear from handling. Luminous gloss black ‘Swiss Only’ Luminova dial is in excellent condition with matching handset. Signed crown.
REF 16700
Automatic
39 MM
– Show less
SKU AS04572
Article Number 40920447
ref 16700
case size 39 MM
movement Automatic Winding
approximate age 1990s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Travel
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Metal
lug width 20 MM
Includes Includes solid link stainless steel Oyster Bracelet (78790/501B) with signed Fliplock clasp. Also includes serialized hangtag and punched papers from Ben Bridge Jewelers dated 11/8/1999.
overall condition The professionally refurbished case is in outstanding condition overall showing only light wear from handling. Luminous gloss black ‘Swiss Only’ Luminova dial is in excellent condition with matching handset. Signed crown.

Why We Love it

Out of the entire Rolex model line, the GMT Master rise above others as our collective favorite here at A/S.

The GMT Master has a rich history, and there are a wide variety of options on the table when considering a to purchase. From the earliest 6542 & 1675s to the more contemporary pieces such as this 16700 - GMT Masters are, for many, the end-all be-al of sports model Rolex. 

This particular example features a classically scaled 39mm 'Holey' lug Oyster case that shares all of the same design cues that its predecessors inspired. With a generally simple black and steel design, its red GMT hand adds a dash of color, and offers a more subtle alternative to the slightly more loud "Pepsi" bezel variation of this reference.

Just above 6:00, the 'Swiss Only' signature is indicative of Rolex's late 90's transition from Tritium to Luminova material, a dial variation that was produced for under two years, making this is an excellent example of a rare and sought-after transitional model!

Brand Story

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Though much younger than many of its heavy-hitting horological cousins, Rolex has been at the fore of contemporary watch design virtually since its inception in 1905 by founder Hans Wilsdorf. A veritable marketing genius, Wilsdorf understood the power of story, associating his watches with the most notable and intrepid athletes, explorers, soldiers and politicians of the 20th century. His efforts were clearly successful: Today, the word “Rolex” is nearly synonymous in the minds of millions around the word with “watch.”

From the early waterproof Oyster case of the 1920s through to the ultra-complicated Sky Dweller of today, Rolex models and innovations have captivated a global audience and permeated the zeitgeist unlike those of any other brand. Whether it’s a simple, time-only Air King, a function-first Submariner or a complicated GMT Master II for the jet set, a Rolex commands a certain respect on the wrist and says something about the discerning eye of its owner.

From the swimming of the English channel in 1927 to the scaling of Mt. Everest in 1953, Rolex watches have been associated with adventure for the better part of a century. Despite its association since the 1970s more with luxury and status than with commando operations behind enemy lines or sporting achievements, Rolex still makes one of the most robust timepieces available on the contemporary market. And the company continues to support scientific endeavors around the world.

Interestingly, for most of the firm’s history, Rolex largely did not produce its components in-house, including its movements. (Indeed, hand-wound Daytonas sold today at auction for eye-watering prices feature run-of-the-mill Valjoux movements that feature in watches from hundreds of other brands). It wasn’t until the early 21st century that Rolex became the vertically integrated manufacturing behemoth that it is today, purchasing everything from movement manufacturers to bracelet companies. (Notably, the Crown even forges its own gold.)

Whether one is attracted to the rich history of the brand or simply finds its products notable from an investment perspective, Rolex is a company whose wares are guaranteed to remain a benchmark for horological quality forever.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

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.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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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.

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Rolex GMT-Master 'Swiss Only'

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