Monday, October 27, 2014

Rolex 16700

In the past, I have not thought of keeping the 16700 but since I have the opportunity to trade for one, I have decided to extend the GMT family from 6542,1675 to this 16700. This is a good middle way from the amazings 1675-16750 and the modern Gmts with ceramic bezel. This is my second transitional models, after the 16800..

The watch is from 1997 and is one of my modern watch...as this is a birth year watch for JJ, I shall keep this watch for home when he turns 21... 

I have goggled and found that many of the Pepsi dial red has turned pink and I am still contemplating whether to send to Rolex center for a change in bezel?


Some details

Ref. 16700
Production Period: 1988-1999 
Model Name: Rolex GMT Master 
Caliber: 3175, 28800A/h, hacking, quickset (direct)
Pressure proof to 100m/330ft
Bracelet: Oyster 78360 and 78790 (Oysterlock starting 1989), JubilĂ© 62510
Glass: Sapphire crystal
Indexes: 
  • Tritum up to U-Series 1997: T<25 dial
  • Luminova starting 1998: Swiss dial (variant: Luminova on T<25 dial)


1988 the Ref. 16700 replaced the Ref. 16750. The Ref. 16700 was cheaper compared to the Ref. 16710 which got introduced at the same time.
The caliber 3175 (same functions as the 3075) had still the non-independant hourhand which was the main difference between the Ref. 16700 and the Ref. 16710.

New introduced with this watch:
  • Sapphire crystal
  • White gold indexes (altough some predecessors (Ref. 16750) were also already equipped with these).
  • New case

Date-wheel has vintage open numbers until 1992/1993.
Only available in Stainless Steel.
Bezel colors:


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