A fine and rare yellow gold dual-time wristwatch with “nipple dial”, sweep center seconds and date

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1980
    Reference No: 16758
    Case No: 6’516’592
    Model Name: GMT-Master
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic cal. 1520, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Yellow gold-plated stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    While the GMT-Master model was born as an absolute tool watch, Rolex soon began to manufacture examples in precious metal for a lavish touch. Cased in 18K yellow gold, the present timepiece is a representative of the “luxury evolution” of the GMT-Master series.

    The present watch features the coveted “nipple dial”, the nickname deriving from the shape of the dot indexes. The deep gold hue of the case is magnificent, and the copper brown dial is masterfully executed. This alternation of warm gold tones and dark brown hues impart to the timepiece a remarkable aesthetics and perfect legibility.

  • Maker Bio

    Rolex

    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 16758
A fine and rare yellow gold dual-time wristwatch with “nipple dial”, sweep center seconds and date

勞力士,「GMT-Master」型號16758,精細及罕有,18K黃金自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配「Nipple Dial」錶盤﹑兩地時區﹑日期顯示和中心秒針,約1980年製

Circa 1980
39mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$78,000 - 140,000 
€8,800-15,800
$10,000-17,900

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Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
thomasperazzi@phillips.com
+852 2318 2030

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2019