Rolex GMT 1 ref 16700 Pepsi “Tuminova” circa 1997 Box & Papers


A beautiful condition transitional model full set Rolex GMT Master 1 “Pepsi” bezel ref# 16700 with dial signed SWISS T<25 but with luminvoa indexes and hands. An exceptional condition example with U serial # dating to late 1997 with attractively faded red and blue insert and pristine condition gloss black dial with original luminous plots and hands. A very sharp, never polished, beefy lug case with tight and not stretched heavy Oyster 78790 bracelet with 501B end pieces and corresponding X3 date code.

With original Rolex crown, sapphire crystal and powered by the caliber 3175 self winding movement with sweep seconds, quick set date, and 24 hour GMT hand. In superb running condition and of course offered with our 1 year warranty of accurate timekeeping and operation.

NOTE: The current SWISS T<25 dial with luminova indexes and hands is quite an anomaly, a scarce and brief duration circumstance when SWISS T<25 printed dials had Luminova rather than tritium applied to the dial. This was a transition period when the luminous material was about to change from triitum to luminova. The dials had already been printed SWISS T<25, but the luminous had not yet been applied until the introduction of luminova. The term Tuminova, reflects the unlikely marriage of Tritium and Luminova. Scholarship dates the appearance of Tuminova dials on the various sport models to 1998, but this all original example complete with box and papers and U1 serial # and papers dated October 1997 suggests introduction just a bit earlier.

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