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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2013
    Reference No: 116680
    Case No: P41Q5622
    Model Name: Yacht-Master II
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4161, 48 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 180 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp, stamped W3F
    Dimensions: 44 mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, bracelet and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied with Garantie Internationale stamped by Langfords on September 14, 2013, Rolex green leather fitted presentation box, product literature and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Making a splash at Baselworld in 2013, the reference 116680 Yacht-Master II was a one-of-a-kind timepiece which featured an upgraded in-house caliber 4161. First introduced in 2007, the Yacht-Master II was conceived out of a professional need, like many Rolex watches which were intended for use in a specific situation.

    The Yacht-Master II is a professional-grade yachting watch incorporating a flyback chronograph as well as a programmable regatta timer. A regatta timer is used by the skipper of a yacht to decide when their vessel can cross the starting line. The countdown is usually less than ten minutes, allowing the yachtsmen to be prepared for the race. Having an accurate timer in this situation is vital as not to be penalized by crossing the starting line too soon. The blue “Command Bezel” can be rotated to set the countdown timer and the re-set button allows the seconds hand to fly back to zero and the minute hand to move to the nearest minute, allowing for incredible precision.

    Housed in a beautifully crafted 44-mm. stainless steel case, the present watch comprises of an unmissable white dial and blue pencil-style hands. Retailed in 2013, the present watch is likely one of the first examples of the reference 116680. Complimented with an International Guarantee and a Rolex green leather presentation box, the present lot offers an exceptional opportunity for watch and yacht enthusiasts to own a piece of excellence.

  • 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. 116680
A fine and attractive stainless steel regatta chronograph wristwatch with retrograde countdown, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2013
44 mm. Diameter
Case, dial, bracelet and movement signed

Estimate
HK$80,000 - 140,000 
€8,800-15,500
$10,300-17,900

Sold for HK$112,500

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