Rolex - Phillips Watches Online Auction: The Hong Kong Sessions, Spring 2024 Hong Kong Tuesday, March 19, 2024 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1982
    Reference No: 16750
    Movement No: 0’744’419
    Case No: 7’259’600, inside caseback stamped “16750”
    Model Name: GMT-Master
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3075, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped “78360”, endlinks stamped “580”, max length 170mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “G, 78360”
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    - Introduced in 1981, the Rolex GMT-Master ref. 16750 took over from its predecessor, the long-standing ref. 1675. While most of its visual characteristics remained unchanged, the new transitional model featured some minor technical enhancements. Notably, it boasted the upgraded cal. 3075 with a higher frequency of 28,800 bph, significantly improving its timekeeping precision compared to the previous 19,800 bph. Another notable improvement was the addition of a quick-set date function. Lastly, the water resistance was increased from 50 meters to 100 meters.

    - The current lot from circa 1982 was made in one of the earlier production years, characterized by a matte dial without the white gold surrounds around the hour markers. Its rarity is further accentuated by the evenly aged lumes, resulting in an appealing yellow patina that fulfills all the criteria for a desirable vintage Rolex. With a production span of just eight years, the demand for these transitional references will surely continue to rise years to come.

  • 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. 16750
A fine and attractive stainless steel dual-time wristwatch with center seconds, date and bracelet

Circa 1982
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$65,000 - 130,000 

Sold for HK$88,900

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Phillips Watches Online Auction: The Hong Kong Sessions, Spring 2024

19 - 26 March 2024