Rolex GMT Master II Black Red Coke Bezel Steel Mens Watch 16710. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Bidirectional rotating bezel with a special 24-hour black and red coke bezel insert. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Black dial with white luminescent hour markers and mercedes hands. Date window at 3 o’clock aperture. Stainless steel oyster bracelet with fold over clasp.
In the latter years of production of the 16710, Rolex introduced a subtle dial variation. GMT Master II originally saw the “II” written in Roman numerals. In latter years of production, the change saw it move to GMT Master II written as a form of straight stick rather than Roman numeral . Some students of Rolex have argued that the “Stick dial” represents the transition from the 3185 caliber to the 3186 caliber. To be blunt, sometimes Rolex just did things without anyone really knowing why. It is part of the frustration as well as part of the fun of collecting Rolex. I think it is fairly hard to be definitive on why Rolex made a dial alteration on the 16710, but they did. Rolex, being Rolex, put this new variant dial on the latter year runs of caliber 3185 as well as the new 3186. In either caliber, the dial variation is rare.
Rolex GMTs are, and always have been, very popular references. To find a nice “neo-vintage” Pepsi or Coke GMT that is totally reliable, in great condition that also has a dial variation that makes it rare is something that ticks a lot of boxes. I think it is fair to say that the 16710 GMT-Master II “Stick dial” is already starting to become a collectors target.