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
147 Rolex Incredible New Old Stock, Never Worn and Never Polished, GMT Master, Automatic Wristwatch in Steel and Gold, Black Dial, Reference 16 753, with Rolex Sticker
Estimate: € 20,000 – 40,000
Model: GMT Master
Case Material: Steel and Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Steel and Yellow Gold
Case N°: R673395
Dimensions: 39.5 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case
The two-tone gold and stainless steel reference 16 753 was produced between 1980 and 1988 and the example here offered is absolutely one of the most incredible since it’s in New Old Stock conditions. Rolex was beginning to embrace its shift from a supplier of professional implements (the GMT-Master was developed in 1954 for Pan-Am pilots) to a purveyor of status symbols and luxury lifestyle accessory. The two-tone stainless steel and 18-karat yellow gold GMT-Master was the embodiment of this shift. The watch is waterproof, thanks to its Oyster case, up to 100 m or 330 ft, powered by the caliber 3075 movement with quick-set date setting. Incredible for its conservation, this very watch has never been worn during its whole life. A true rarity, it has never been polished and that is exemplified by the astonishing and sharp-cutting edges, a quality that only the really new old stock watches can have. This lot is remarkable for its conservation of both the iconic bezel and dial: the all-black bezel presents a striking contrast to the traditional “root beer” and “Pepsi” two-tone pilot setups, but its chromatic coherence and sharp gold highlights are the perfect match for this Rolex GMT Master’s complementary bezel arrangement. The black and esteemed dial with applied indexes for hours/minutes and Mercedes hands sets the tone with reserved upscale ambiance. Its case in stainless steel with the black bezel is completed by a two-tone jubilee bracelet. Sophisticated yet sporty, the reference 16 753 is the perfect compromise between casual and formal.