Rolex GMT 1 ref 16700 Tritium circa 1991 Unpolished Case


A stunning condition example of the popular and now discontinued Rolex GMT 1 ref# 16700. Featuring a beefy lug, never polished frosty original finish case, with nicely patina’d tiritum luminous indexes. A very desirable, early example with case serial# of N2 which dates this example to 1991. Featuring a 40mm diameter stainless steel case with bi-directional 24 hour all black bezel insert, sapphire crystal, and glossy black original dial with warmly patina’d tritium indexes and lighter tritium (not luminova) hands.

Powered by caliber 3175 self winding movement with sweep seconds and date and 24 hour arrow hand. With excellent condition, non stretched  Rolex 78790 stainless steel bracelet with flip lock clasp and 501B endpieces. The clasp date code of X7 which corresponds to 1997 suggests that this is a later bracelet for this model.

The GMT 1 is a fairly small production model, first introduced in 1988, and is essentially the 16750 quickset acrylic crystal model, rebadged as the 16700 with the addition of the sapphire crystal and a change from the 3075 to the 3175 movement. Though in production from 1988 until 1999, this model was less favored than the GMT Master II ref 16710 that was introduced at the same time, because of its independently set hour hand. The 16700 had a much smaller production than the 16710 and consequently is a much harder watch to find.

The watch has recently been fully serviced by one of our veteran watchmakers and offered with our 1 year warranty of accurate timekeeping and operation. Also included in your purchase is one of our beautiful handmade Italian leather watch travel pouches, a $55 value!

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