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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1994
    Reference No: 16718, inside caseback stamped 16710
    Movement No: 3 8054647
    Case No: S428267
    Model Name: GMT-Master II
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3185, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped 46B to the endlinks, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex deployant clasp stamped "U8" and "78798"
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex Service Guarantee card date April 14, 2021, service invoice, service detail document and box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Striking and sophisticated, the 18K yellow gold reference 16718, introduced in the very late 1980s, was a majestic iteration of the GMT-Master II series. It incorporates the caliber 3185, the first in-house Rolex movement to feature an independently adjustable 24-hour hand, allowing the wearer to set an additional time conveniently. The present configuration featuring bronze dial and bicolor gold and bronze bezel emanates incredible warmth.

    Not only is the entire watch preserved in overall excellent condition - most notably, the finely engraved Rolex logo to the outside of the caseback is still present. It furthermore was fully serviced by the brand in April of this year, ensuring perfect timekeeping - guaranteed by Rolex until April 2023.

    The GMT-Master II collection is a widely-adored emblem of Rolex and an instantly recognizable archetype. In addition to the lavish and visually imposing yellow gold case, the practical second time-zone complication makes the present watch one of the most recognizable and appreciated wristwatches ever designed, and an important addition for any serious Rolex collectors.

  • Artist Biography

    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. 16718, inside caseback stamped 16710
A charming and luxurious yellow gold dual-time automatic wristwatch with center seconds, date, bracelet and service guarantee

Circa 1994
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
CHF15,000 - 25,000 
€14,000-23,300
$16,200-27,100

Sold for CHF40,320

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East Director
[email protected]

The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

Geneva Auction 5 & 7 November 2021