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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1990
    Reference No: 16718
    Case No: E952’292
    Model Name: GMT-Master II
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3185, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex oyster bracelet, endlinks stamped 45B, max length 195 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex deployant clasp, stamped 7206 and with Helvetia hallmark
    Dimensions: 40 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, bracelet and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Striking and sophisticated, the 18K yellow gold reference 16718 was a majestic iteration of the GMT-Master II series. The present watch, manufactured in circa 1990, is one of the early examples of reference 16718 which was introduced in the late 1980s. The present watch 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. Along with an eye-catching black dial, it also contains an a rotatable, black-and-gold-colored bezel.

    Not only is the case of the present watch preserved in overall excellent condition, but the hands and hour markers also match in tone. 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
A fine and rare yellow gold dual time wristwatch with sweep center seconds, date and bracelet

Circa 1990
40 mm diameter
Case, dial, bracelet and movement signed

Estimate
HK$94,000 - 190,000 
€10,400-21,000
$12,100-24,400

Sold for HK$175,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018