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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1987
    Reference No: 16760, “Fat Lady”
    Movement No: 1’500’996
    Case No: 9’634’015
    Model Name: GMT-Master II, “Fat Lady”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3085, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped 78360, endlinks stamped 501, max length 200 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped 78360
    Dimensions: 39.5 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: With original punched Rolex warranty, international service guarantees dated October 1, 2004 and January 22, 2010, Rolex green leather fitted presentation box, outer packaging and service invoices.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Released in 1983, the Rolex reference 16760 was the very first GMT-Master II. Featuring the new caliber 3085, this model allows the user to independently adjust the GMT hand.

    Additionally, the reference 16760 features a new independent center hour hand with quickset which allows the hour hand to move forward and backward. The original GMT Master II also contains a rotatable bezel, enabling the wearer to effortlessly add a third time zone reference to the watch.

    Aesthetically speaking, reference 16760 has a thicker case, a wider bezel, and larger crown guards than its predecessors. Due to its overall larger size, reference 16760 is fondly referred by watch enthusiasts as the “Fat Lady”. Reference 16760 ushered in a new bezel color — the black and red “Coke” bezel color — as featured in the present lot. As a matter of fact, Rolex only ever equipped the GMT-Master II ref. 16760 with the “Coke” bezel.

  • 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. 16760, “Fat Lady”
An attractive stainless steel dual time wristwatch with sweep center seconds, date, bracelet, original guarantee and presentation box

Circa 1987
39.5 mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
HK$40,000 - 80,000 
€4,400-8,800
$5,100-10,300

Sold for HK$150,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
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Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
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Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018