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Rolex GMT ref 16700 Pepsi Bezel circa 1995 B & P

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A very nice condition example of popular and now discontinued Rolex GMT 1, ref 16700. Serial # W8 circa 1995 complete with box and papers. Featuring a 40mm diameter stainless steel case, previously polished but still in great shape.

The dial on this model has some unique characteristics. In the 1980’s especially, but also extending into the ’90s, we find Rolex dials and bezels that have some fairly extreme aging. From tropical brown and deep maroon patina, to toffee colored tritium and dials more resembling concrete than fine high polished gloss. The dial you see here has followed in that tradition, but in very much it’s own way. When the right light hits, waving diagonally from the top right of the dial to the bottom left, are a system of soft lines. As you tilt the watch you will slowly light up each line, showing off a total picture not unlike the contrail left behind a fleet of passing Airbus at 35,000 feet.

While the dial may be the obvious original focal point, the bezel insert is the quiet winner on this GMT. The bi-directional 24 hour bezel has aged to a beautiful combination of metallic royal blue and a soft peach pink. With original Rolex crown, sapphire crystal, and powered by caliber 3175 self winding movement with sweep seconds, date, and 24 hour arrow hand. On Rolex stainless steel heavy #78960 Oyster link bracelet with 501B end pieces and with flip lock deployment clasp.

If all of that wasn’t enough for you, this all around collector quality 16700 is accompanied by its original box and papers, while also including a service card from Rolex in São Paulo, Brasil in 2003. It was also recently fully serviced by one of our veteran watchmakers and is additionally offered with our 1 year warranty of accurate timekeeping and operation.

 

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