Rolex - The Watch Auction: One Geneva Saturday, May 9, 2015 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 2009
    Reference No: 116'758
    Case No: M849'844
    Model Name: GMT-MASTER II, SARU
    Material: 18k yellow gold, diamond, sapphire and ruby
    Calibre: Automatic, 3186
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k gold Rolex Oyster with diamonds
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 41mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Rolex guarantee card dated 28th October, 2013

  • Catalogue Essay

    Precious-stone set sport's watches are amongst the rarest species of Rolex and they are made in very small series only. Remaining the ultimate niche product and compared with the substantial production run of all Rolex sports watches, jewelled set references are today considered the rarest trophies for the demanding collector. The present watch, SARU, referring to the sapphire and ruby setting, is distinguished by its diamond, sapphire and ruby-set bezel, a tribute to the blue and red coloured bakelite bezel of the first GMT Master model launched in 1956. Furthermore, the dial, the lugs and the central links of the bracelet are all set with pave diamonds. Rarely a sports watch has been dressed up so effectively as this GMT-Master in the present version and it can be considered as treasure in today's market.

  • 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. 116'758
A rare and impressive yellow gold, diamond, ruby and sapphire wristwatch with bracelet, date and dual time

41mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF50,000 - 80,000 

Sold for CHF106,250

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The Watch Auction: One

Geneva Auction 10 May 2015 6:30pm