Exclusive Timepieces 22 –⁠ 23 October 2022 | Monaco

Auction Details

One of the finest selections of vintage and contemporary watches we were able to put together. We tried to do our best to offer you extremely rare and well preserved collectable pieces of the best manufactures.

Session I: Saturday 22 October, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 104
Session II: Sunday 23 October, 10:30 AM – lots 105 to 179
Session III: Sunday 23 October, 2:30 PM – lots 180 to 271

139 Rolex Extremely Well Preserved and Striking, GMT master II, Automatic Wristwatch, in White Gold and Diamond, With Diamond and Blue Sapphire-set Bezel, Reference 116 759

Estimate: € 100,000 –⁠ 200,000

Sold € 132,600

Model: GMT Master II
Reference: 116759
Case Material: White Gold and Diamonds
Bracelet Material: White Gold
Year: 2006
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 3186
Case N°: Z985384
Dimensions: 40 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement

In the course of its history, Rolex has never considered the use of precious stones to embellish its creations as a fundamental part of its hardcore, giving maximum experimentation with unusual hard stones to create dials. However, the creation and great success of two special models such as the Daytona 6269 and the 6270 have upset this thought a bit, thus pushing Rolex to try more and more often in the creation of real jewel watches, giving birth to some exceptional pieces. It was witnessed with the SARU and with the Daytona Rainbow to name a few and even the offered here GMT Master II 116 759 can and must be counted among these works of art. The GMT-Master II utilizes a movement that has the additional capability of an independently adjustable hour hand, which can be adjusted in one-hour increments without stopping the second hand or disturbing the minute hand or 24-hour hand. Produced in a very small number, the present reference 116 759 in white gold is believed to be one of only a handful of examples with black sapphires to appear at auction to date. All the diamonds which embellish the bezel are interspersed by black sapphires that created a harmony with the black dial. The lugs match the bezel with two stripes of diamonds cut and completed by the fully white-gold oyster bracelet. We are in the presence of an absolutely unique watch of its kind that is impossible not to appreciate the incredible skill with which it was made.