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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2001
    Reference No: 16710
    Movement No: 8’581’313
    Case No: P184’684; inside caseback stamped “2180”
    Model Name: GMT-Master II
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3185, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped “78790A”, endlinks "801", max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “AB6”
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee stamped Angelo Gallazzi, Ancona dated February 2001, numbered hang tag, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex GMT-Master legacy is one of the most recognizable dual-time wristwatch with rich aviation pedigree. In production from 1989 to 2007, the Rolex GMT-Master II ref. 16710 replaced the former ref. 16700 retaining much of its desirable aesthetical essence, notably of its much-loved slim case oozing with vintage appeal. Housing a caliber 3185 movement, it features an independently adjustable GMT hand and offers a power reserve of 50 hours. With a production spanning 18 years, the reference also witnessed minor transitional upgrades with the earliest examples featuring Tritium (until 1997), then Luminova (1998-1999) and later examples with Superluminova (2000-2007) as luminous materials.

    The present example Rolex GMT-Master II ref. 16710 with a P serial from circa 2001 with a “Swiss Made” dial is perhaps one of the earlier examples of the reference featuring Superluminova. Presented in an attractive overall condition and accompanied by its original guarantee and accessories, the present example with a strikingly rich red and blue Pepsi bezel is certainly one to have in any collection.

  • 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. 16710
A fine and attractive stainless steel dual-time wristwatch with center seconds, date, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2001
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$70,000 - 120,000 
€7,800-13,300
$9,000-15,400

Sold for HK$163,800

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021