ROLEX | GMT-MASTER II "PEPSI", REF 16710, STAINLESS STEEL DUAL-TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET, CIRCA 2004
PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN
PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN
GMT-MASTER II "PEPSI", REF 16710
STAINLESS STEEL DUAL-TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET
Calibre: cal. 3185 automatic, 31 jewels
Movement number: 39'768'702
Case: stainless steel, screw-down back
Case number: F'480'330
Closure: stainless steel Jubilee bracelet and folding clasp
Dimensions: 40mm diameter, bracelet circumference approx. 185mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Rolex punched guarantee dated September 2005, leather document holder, booklets, Chronometer tag and presentation case
Movement: running at the time of cataloguing, all functions are in working order. Seconds hack when the crown is pulled out.
Case: in excellent condition throughout, the case shows little to no signs of wear. The surface of the lugs show the factory brushed finish. The serial and reference numbers are intact between the lugs. The outer-case back bears the factory sticker which does not bear the Rolex logo anymore. The inner-case back is stamped with "2180". The Jubilée bracelet stamped 62150H is in unworn condition, with one light diagonal scratch to the outer-clasp, bearing the code CL7, dating it to 2004.
Dial: dial and hands in excellent condition.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."
With a production period spanning between 1989 and 2007, the reference 16710 stands as a classic reference. The last "old-school" GMT-Master underwent several evolutions before it was replaced with the current 'Maxi-case' and Cerachrom bezel models.
The present example dates from 2005 and stands in immaculate condition. Offered on behalf of its first owner, this unworn 16710 shows intact non-drilled lugs and case bevels. The timepiece is fitted with an equally wonderfully preserved Jubilée bracelet with solid endlinks and a blue and red bezel insert for the classic Pepsi look. The timepiece is fitted with a "SWISS MADE" dial, indicating that the lume plots are filled with Superluminova, an evolutive glowing compound which Rolex introduced in 2000. Movement-wise, the watch is powered by the excellent calibre 3185, which was introduced in 1989. It boasts a quick-set hour hand for quick date navigation and hour changes in addition to a hacking second feature.
While Rolex produced many examples of the reference 16710, finding an unworn example is a dauntingly arduous mission in today's market. Offered with its full set including the original punched guarantee and all the documentation, this lot still proudly displays its tarnished factory sticker to the back.