Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE Hong Kong Monday, November 25, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1991
    Reference No: 16700
    Case No: E‘874’795
    Model Name: GMT-Master
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3175, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped 78360, endlinks stamped 501, B, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp, stamped "P4”
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Dial, case, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by undated Rolex Guarantee stamped Tiffany & Co, instruction manual, product literature, international service guarantee, hang tags, blue outer packaging and Tiffany & Co. fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced in 1988, the Rolex GMT-Master ref. 16700 featured modern aesthetics and technical upgrades during its transitional period. Featuring a sapphire crystal for the first time in the lineage of the reference, it provides enhanced robustness and durability. Furthermore, it features white gold luminous indexes instead of the luminous material directly applied on the dial and an upgraded case design to enhance its imperishability.

    The present example is a wonderful specimen of the great transitional GMT-Master ref. 16700 presented in excellent overall condition. To add tremendous attraction to the present example that further exemplifies its rarity, the dial features a retailer signature “Tiffany & Co.” Also, the present watch is complete with all the accessories that came with the watch when it was purchased from the Tiffany & Co. Salon.

  • 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. 16700
A fine and rare stainless steel dual time-zone wristwatch with sweep center seconds, date, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box, retailed by Tiffany & Co

Circa 1991
40mm Diameter
Dial, case, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$160,000 - 250,000 

Sold for HK$437,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019