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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2009
    Reference No: 116759SARU
    Movement No: 1'886'629
    Case No: M720877
    Model Name: GMT-Master II SARU
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3186, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex Guarantee card stamped by Monaco retailer "Zegg & Cerlati" and dated April 4, 2009, card holder, worldwide service booklet, Rolex "faux seal" tag, massive presentation box and outer packaging. Furthermore delivered with Rolex Service card dated June 11, 2018.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This variation of the GMT-Master II model is dressed with breathtaking baguette-cut rubies, diamonds and sapphires to the bezel and brilliant-cut diamonds to the lugs. Even the most cursory glance at the gem-set bezel is enough to appreciate the superb level of skill achieved by Rolex jewellers: the gems perfectly fit the bezel and are secured with what can be dubbed “invisible setting”, leaving absolutely no gap between each stone. Remarkable, the design itself is as impressive as its execution: it is no easy feat to adorn a sport’s watch with gems without landing into gaudy territories, but with this watch Rolex managed to achieve a perfect balance between the sporty ethos of the watch and its dazzling decoration. In fact, the gem-set bezel has a sheen and “glossiness” of sorts which are actually reminiscent of the early bakelite bezels.

    This piece is offered complete of all its accessories and in virtually “as-new” condition. Even under a mechanical point of view it can be considered in top shape: it was fully serviced by Rolex no longer than 2 years ago, in 2018.

  • 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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Rolex

Ref. 116759SARU
A spectacular and very rare white gold and gem-set dual-time automatic wristwatch with center second, date, bracelet, Guarantee and box

Circa 2009
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
CHF40,000 - 80,000 
€37,700-75,400
$41,300-82,600

sold for CHF125,000

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: XI

Geneva Auction 27 - 28 June 2020