The Discontinued Rolex GMT-Master II Reference 116710LN Is A Future Classic
June 27th, 2021
Virtually all Rolex watches are a sound investment. They retain their exceptionally well with time, whereas some models often appreciate. If you peep into the second hand market, you will get an idea of how sound an investment a Rolex model can be looking at its resale price.
So the challenging part is to choose the right models that are likely to appreciate in the future. One particular Rolex watch that has nearly all investment potential traits to become a future classic is the GMT-Master II Reference 116710LN.
This Rolex GMT-Master is the most popular and celebrated luxury travel Rolex watch in the world. However, the Reference 116710LN is available in limited numbers as Rolex has discontinued the watch’s production. Thus, a price surge in the pre-owned market is also expected.
Moreover, the Reference 116710LN is the first steel GMT timepiece that turned up with Rolex’s patented Cerachrom bezel. Furthermore, it is the last GMT-Master model that sports a single colour bezel.
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Let’s dig into the details of the super cool, unique travel watch – a future classic.
What makes Rolex GMT-Master II 116710LN unique?
Rolex introduced the stainless steel GMT-Master II Reference 116710LN in 2007. It was the first watch in the GMT-Master II series to feature the Rolex’s Super Case. However, the case measured the same 40mm diameter as its earlier siblings. But it came with nearly two times more wide crown guards and lugs than the previous models. Thus, the watch’s overall profile looked bulkier.
Another significant feature that complemented the chunkier case in this range is the Maxi dial.
- This dial-style first debuted with the green bezel Submariner 50th Anniversary edition watch (monikered the “Kermit”) in 2003.
- Nevertheless, the Maxi dial flaunts wider hands and more prominent index hour markers.
- The Super Case and the Maxi dial with broader hands and indexes increased the overall legibility.
The stainless steel GMT-Master II Ref. 116710LN also featured a Triplock crown rather than the Twinlock crown present in older iterations. Rolex originally created the Triplock crown for its Sea-Dweller models to ensure impressive water resistance. However, all Rolex diver timepieces today come with this feature, including the Yacht-Master II and Yacht-Master, along with Daytona and GMT-Master II models.
The Cerachrom Ceramic Bezel
When the GMT-Master 116710LN debuted, its newly proprietary bezel material of that time captured all the limelight. Rolex introduced its new patented “Cerachrom” bezel in the Reference 116710LN, replacing the older aluminium bezels. The Swiss giant developed the “Cerachrom” entirely in-house that is scratch-resistant and impervious to fading.
The Rolex Calibre 3186 powered the GMT-Master Reference 116710. Although this movement replaced the previous Calibre 3185, both the movements were nearly similar. However, the most notable feature and upgrade in Calibre 3186 was the brand’s patented Parachrom hairspring.
- The blue Parachrom hairspring offers resistance to magnetic fields, shocks and virtually impervious to temperature fluctuations.
- However, it first debuted in the Calibre 4130, powering the current Daytona collection.
Another unique feature of the Calibre 3186 is the driving train wheels were advanced closer together.
The Bracelet Option
Rolex equipped the GMT-Master II Reference 116710LN with a sportier three-link Oyster bracelet. Moreover, the links had highly polished, solid centres, ensuring impressive flexibility and weight. Furthermore, the Oyster bracelet debuted Rolex’s proprietary Easylink extension system. It enabled extension up to 5mm.
Overall, the GMT-Master II Ref. 116710LN is the last iteration of the Rolex’s iconic pilot’s watch, sporting a single colour bezel. It is also one of the most celebrated stainless steel Rolex watches ever produced – now discontinued. The timepiece is highly coveted among collectors because of its robust aesthetics, practicality and future investment potential.
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