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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2018
    Reference No: 126710BLRO
    Movement No: 0025L771
    Case No: 1J75T725
    Model Name: GMT-Master II "Pepsi"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3285, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Jubilee bracelet, max length 205mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex Guarantee card dated June 24, 2018, product literature, green card holder, two hang tags, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The undisputable shockwave of Baselworld 2018 was Rolex launching a new GMT Master.

    Acclaimed by the public, the watch became instantaneously a must have and reached the peaks of Rolex waiting list. The iconic model, initially made for pilots to enable them to simultaneously keep track of two time zones was ready for a renewal! The new reference 126710BLRO features an extremely attractive Jubilee bracelet, a specificity that nods to the original GMT model which was in fact the only sports watch offered by the brand with this bracelet – others would typically come with an Oyster bracelet.

    The red and blue so-called Pepsi bezel was made of Bakelite, the most fragile material in the first GMT reference 6542 from 1954, later it was replaced by a metal insert in the reference 1675 and the 2018 reference was graced by a robust yet deep looking ceramic bezel giving the watch a similar feel than the first iteration of the model.

    The present watch is one of the earliest examples produced. Sold in June 2018, it has only seen an occasional wear and is presented today in excellent condition.

  • 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. 126710BLRO
A fine stainless steel dual time automatic wriswatch with center seconds, date, ceramic bezel, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2018
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF8,000 - 12,000 
€7,500-11,300
$8,200-12,400

sold for CHF33,750

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