Rolex GMT-Master II ‘Rootbeer’ ref. 16713 from 1989

With excitement, we share a beautiful and iconic Rolex GMT-Master from 1989. The stainless steel case is a neat 40 mm and still in excellent condition. When looking at the overal condition of this exciting Rolex GMT-Master variant, it strikes us, that his watch is still in a very honest and good condition for it’s age. Coming from a long term collector, this explains that this watch has been enjoyed, with respect. For example, the and 18k yellow gold bezel shows still its sharp edges and extravagant original ‘Rootbeer’ colours.

The yellow-gold and stainless steel version of iconic Rolex GMT-Master, has the reference 16713 and was produced until 2007. Rolex developed the movement for this watch, and slightly tweaked the case profile for these models, with a more sleeker profile. The reference for the steel Rolex GMT-Master, the 16710 replaced the reference 16760 (also a steel Rolex GMT-Master) in 1989.

While this Rolex GMT-Master is a model from 1989, it’s still rocking a tritium dial! And why is that a plus? In 1998, Rolex switched to ‘luminova’, another mix of glow-in-the-dark paint, which creates less patination over time, and has a ‘colder’, snow-white colour. Tritium on the contrary, ages beautifully to a cream colour, which adds a lot of allure, depth and warmth, to vintage watches.

When this watch came in, it was on a leather strap. The previous owner, preferred the watch on a more subtle brown leather strap, because he thought the steel and gold Rolex 93153 (.18) bracelet, was too flashy. This resulted, in a beautiful case condition of this example, while the steel end-links of the bracelet, didn’t carve any damage on the watch case, over time. The brown-leather Rolex strap will be added for the next care-taker!

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