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Rolex GMT-Master II 16710

The Rolex GMT-Master II 16710 Black, a standout model in Rolex's esteemed GMT-Master II series, was introduced in the late 1980s and continued to captivate watch enthusiasts until its discontinuation in 2007. While it maintained the classic 40mm case size, Rolex introduced a black bezel, two bi-color bezels (red and blue "pepsi" and a red and black "coke"), and lastly the option for both a jubilee or oyster bracelet. The GMT-Master II 16710, with its combination of practical features and a distinctive aesthetic, became a sought-after model among Rolex collectors and remains highly valued in the secondary market for its legacy in the world of luxury timepieces.

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History of The Rolex GMT-Master II 16710 Black

The Rolex GMT-Master II 16710 holds a significant place in the lineage of Rolex's GMT-Master series, a line renowned for its innovative time zone capabilities. This model was powered by the Rolex Caliber 3185 and later the updated Caliber 3186, both renowned for their precision and reliability in offering dual time zone functionality, making it an ideal watch for international travelers and pilots. This feature, essential for pilots and global adventurers, allowed users to track multiple time zones simultaneously. The GMT-Master II 16710 enjoyed popularity for its blend of functional precision and timeless design, becoming a favorite among Rolex enthusiasts and collectors. Its production continued until 2007, after which it was succeeded by newer models, but it remains a highly sought-after timepiece in the secondary market, celebrated for its historical significance and enduring appeal in the realm of luxury watches.

Key Features of The Rolex GMT-Master II 16710

Dial: Black
Sizes: 40mm 
Metal: Oystersteel
Bezel: Black Aluminum GMT Bezel, Blue and Red "Pepsi" GMT Bezel, Black and Red "Coke" GMT Bezel
Bracelet Types: Oyster bracelet, Jubilee Bracelet
Caliber: 3185/3186
Year(s) Produced: Late 1980s to 2007/8

Prices of Rolex GMT-Master II 16710 Black

Retail price: $5,750

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Rolex GMT 16710 "Coke"

The Rolex Coke was a nickname for the Rolex GMT-Master II watch with a black and red bezel. The watch was in production for nearly 25 years. The iconic 'Coke' bezel, with its striking black and red color scheme, adds a sporty yet sophisticated flair, making the watch equally suitable for casual and formal occasions. Rolex discontinued the Rolex Coke in 2007. 

Rolex GMT 16710 "Pepsi" 

The Rolex GMT-Master II 16710 was the second generation of the GMT-Master II to feature the Pepsi colorway. The 16710 was produced from 1989 to 2007.
The original Pepsi watch was the Rolex GMT Master ref. 6542, released in 1954. It featured a red/blue Pepsi bakelite bezel and a black dial. The 6542 was designed in collaboration with Pan-Am Airways.

Other Pepsi watches include:

  • GMT-Master II 16710: The second generation of the GMT-Master II, which offered a Pepsi bezel as an option
  • 126710BLRO: A stainless steel "Pepsi" released in 2018
  • 116719BLRO: The first ceramic Pepsi GMT, released in 2014

The red and blue bi-color scheme on the models aluminum bezel remains a classic even among newer models. However, as of recebtly in 2023, there have been rumors that Rolex may discontinue the production of the bi-color Pepsi colorway. 

Movement & Complications of The GMT-Master II 16710

The Rolex GMT-Master II 16710 is powered by the Rolex Calibre 3185/3186, ensuring precision and reliability in its timekeeping. The Caliber 3185, and subsequently the 3186, feature a GMT complication that allows for the tracking of a second time zone, an invaluable tool for pilots and globetrotters. Operating at a frequency of 28,800 beats per hour, these movements ensure the high level of accuracy expected from Rolex. Additionally, they boast a power reserve of approximately 50 hours, maintaining performance over an extended period. The movement is notable for its added GMT functionality, allowing the wearer to read a second timezone. Its complication, which allows for independent movement of the hour hand without affecting the GMT hand, presents a seamless way to manage two time zones, adhering to the rigorous demands of professional use and frequent travelers.

Who Wears The Rolex GMT-Master II 16710

Endorsed by various professionals and celebrities over the years, the GMT-Master II has been sported by the likes of Tom Selleck, Clint Eastwood, and Pablo Escobar, enhancing its cultural relevance and prestige. The black bezel 16710 may draw parallels with the Rolex Submariner due to its classic, restrained black dial and bezel, yet it carves out its own niche in horological significance and collectability with its added functionalities and its rich history intertwined with aviation and adventures across time zones. The different colorways make it a fun and sporty watch as well. 

How To Buy a Rolex GMT 16710

While the 16710 is no longer in production, the watch may be purchased from reputable and trusted dealers such as WatchGuys.com. Browse our links below to buy a Rolex 16710. 

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