The Monaco Legend Group team has put together an astonishing selection of rarities in the horological field. From the Unique Piece Rolex Yachtmaster, former property of the late President of Rolex Patrick Heiniger, to an outstanding example of the Patek Philippe 2523-1. Not to mention the great selection of rarities destined for Middle Eastern market, such as a Rolex Submariner and Daytona from the Sultanate of Oman and a steel Daytona with UAE emblem on the dial.
Many thanks to Auro Montanari, alias John Goldberger, Roberto Randazzo and George Pakkos for their significant help in supervising the catalogue and to Eric Tortella for his assistance in searching for some of our rarest Patek Philippe watches in his database and releasing his passport of authenticity for them.
Session I: Saturday 22 April, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 100
Session II: Sunday 23 April, 10:30 AM – lots 101 to 164
Session III: Sunday 23 April, 2:30 PM – lots 165 to 261
168 Rolex Very Nice and Important, GMT-master, Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, With no Crown Guards, Reference 1675
Estimate: € 15,000 – 30,000
Sold € 27,300
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Case N°: 884 263
Dimensions: 40 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Due to the extraordinary success of the Rolex Sports models in the 1950s, it came to no surprise when the world’s largest airline Pan Am commissioned a specially designed watch allowing their pilots to keep track of time in two locations. That’s why the first GMT model, Reference 6542, was launched in 1954 with its immediately recognizable Bakelite bezel insert with the twenty-four hours’ markings printed on its underside. Following the success of the reference 6542, only five years later Rolex introduced the following reference 1675 which remained in production until 1980 that have now become definitely desired by collectors and enthusiasts. But, while the first GMT Master was born to be a real tool watch, the following models soon began to be manufactured in precious metal for a lavish touch. Cased in 18K yellow gold, the present timepiece is a representative of the “luxury evolution” of the GMT-Master series. Moreover, it has been set aside by the iconic bicolor bezel for a new one in full brown. This lot is preserved in fair and nice conditions with satin finish on the lugs: without the crown guards, only found on the early production of this reference, it is a very rare feature. The brown bezel above mentioned is basically untouched and its style brown-gold perfectly matches with the case and dial. The dial has indeed been realized in a dark brown color with applied luminous yellow-gold batons, triangular and dot indexes, for this reason also known as nipple dial given the particular shape of these numerals. The outer minute/second division is open while it is for sure present the aperture for the date, magnified by the cyclops lens on the crystal glass. The caliber is the automatic 1560.