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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 2007
    Reference No: 116718
    Movement No: 1’784’798
    Case No: Z872’969
    Model Name: GMT-Master II
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3186, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster bracelet, end links stamped “78208”, max length 210mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee dated 10th November 2007 stamped Deutsch & Deutsch, instructions manual, product literature, numbered sale tag, hang tag, outside packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex GMT-Master has been a staple in the brand’s catalogue since the 1950s and the introduction of the reference 6542, a model initially made for airline pilots to enable them to simultaneously keep track of two time zones.

    In 2005, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the GMT-Master, Rolex launched the spectacular reference 116718LN, in a yellow gold livery and featuring a new a ceramic bezel insert called Cerachrom and an incredibly enticing green dial referred to as the “Maxi dial”, in reference to the large lume plots.

    Furthermore, the watch housed the new cal. 3186 with Parachrom hairspring, which provides greater resistance to shocks and temperature variations.

    A very elegant combination of yellow gold, deep green dial and black ceramic bezel, the present watch was elusive and difficult to find. Since its discontinuation in early 2020 becoming even more coveted and collectible.

  • Artist Biography


    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. 116718
A highly rare and attractive yellow gold dual time wristwatch with green dial, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for CHF50,400

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Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII

Geneva Auction 8 - 9 May 2021