Outstanding 1996 Rolex Oyster GMT Master II 16710 ‘Coke’ Full Set Plus Investment Grade Watch

The Overview

I love to find the very best examples of highly desirable watches and this 16710 is just such a watch. Sold in 1996, we believe the watch has never been opened and never been polished – the steel case and bracelet are near perfect with only the smallest signs of wear. The bezel insert, we believe to be the original, is again in outstanding condition and moves with a firm ‘click’ in both directions. The original Rolex case back sticker is in very good condition and the hologram is clearly defined. The Rolex bracelet, which we believe is original but it is designed for a Submariner (these were available to buy at this time and it does have the correct date code), has the references of 501B and 93150 at the end pieces and 93150 and W4 (age code for 1995) on the deployment clasp.

In terms of provenance we have:

  • The original Rolex punched papers
  • The original Rolex brochures date 1995
  • The original Rolex swing-tag with the matching serial number
  • The Rolex leather pouch for the paperwork
  • The original Rolex box, inner and outer (the outer box carries the correct 16710 sticker).

The GMT Coke is one of the most desirable watches in their catalogue and to find one in this condition with full provenance is exceptionally rare.

Rolex have proved an excellent investment and whilst we cannot guarantee future values if history is any judge it should provide a beautiful piece to own and increase in value.


About Sonning Vintage Watches

Sonning Vintage Watches are one of the largest prestige brand vintage watch retailers on the Internet carrying stock of around £500,000; we’ve sold over 3,000 vintage watches across the world since our formation in 2009. We’re based in Berkshire and Nottingham and spend 1- 2 days a week in London. Whilst we’re an Internet business we do ‘show’ 90% of our watches prior to sale and travel across England to meet prospective buyers.


Why Purchase a Watch from SVW

We provide a lifetime guarantee on the authenticity and provenance of all our watches and come with a full printed Receipt of Sale and Insurance Valuation. Purchasing from SVW gives you the protection and reassurance of buying from an incorporated company with outstanding customer testimonials.

We provide a high quality box and use the Royal Mail Special Delivery for the UK and DHL for overseas sales. They are insured for the full purchase value.

See what our customers say – 100% positive feedback on all our sales sites and over 40% of our customers buy again or refer us!


Couriering and Pre-Delivery Inspection

We use the Royal Mail’s Guaranteed next day service for UK sales and DHL for all overseas shipping. All our watches are fully serviced, but prior to couriering each one will undergo a 3 day pre-delivery check to ensure the watch is in perfect condition.


The Conclusion

This is a beautiful example of a watch from one of horology’s most famous names and will, if history is any judge, provide an excellent financial investment as well as a possession to treasure and enjoy. I will provide an insurance valuation in excess of my asking price. Please appreciate the difficulty of photographing this piece, it looks even better in real life. Subject to your location I’ll happily show the watch.

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