The timepieces that we are offering at this auction are coming from all over the world and from some of the most prominent collections.
An incredibly impressive selection of truly rare Rolex Daytonas. A stunning and rare Cartier watch. A Patek Philippe in platinum from the 1920s, coming to auction for the first time, the John Goldberger Calatrava, which is one of the most sought-after reference 530s, to name but a few.
Session I: Saturday 21 October, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 108
Session II: Sunday 22 October, 10:30 AM – lots 109 to 172
Session III: Sunday 22 October, 2:30 PM – lots 173 to 281
128 Rolex Very Attractive and Striking, GMT Master II, Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow Gold and Diamonds, With Pavè Diamond Dial and Diamond-Sapphire-set Bezel, Full Set, Reference 116758SA
Estimate: € 100,000 – 200,000
Sold € 123,500
Model: GMT-Master II
Case Material: Yellow Gold and Diamonds
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold and Diamonds
Case N°: V756194
Dimensions: 40 mm
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case
Accessories: Box, Warranty and Booklets
Designed to show the time in two different time zones simultaneously, the GMT-Master was launched in 1955, immediately represents the epitome of sportiness and efficiency. The use of precious materials for this specific model has always been limited despite references 6542 and 1675 were sometimes cased in precious metals, these were infrequent occurrences. While the craft expanded through the 1970s to include pavé dials and gem-set bezels, it was confined to dress watches. In the mid-1980s, though, Rolex blew the lid off the watch world and introduced the GMT-Master II 16 758 SARU, bringing its gem-setting acumen to a sports watch. The lot here offered is a wonderful representative of the reference 116 758 SA, “SA” standing for “Sapphire” as this watch were produced with just sapphires and diamonds on the bezel instead of the usual “SARU” that comes with sapphires and ruby-set bezel. Solid and robust, this rare watch has a massive 40 mm case in 18k yellow gold with a diamond set on the lugs nicely preserved, the sparkling bidirectional revolving bezel is enriched by the iconic set of 18 big baguette diamonds and 10 smaller diamonds, a triangular white diamond,18 big baguette sapphires and another 12 smaller baguette sapphires. It is very important to underline that this reference has been produced with this configuration in very limited pieces with diamonds on the lugs and bracelet that match perfectly the pavè diamond-set dial making this watch true jewel. The final result is nothing short of spectacular as Rolex has managed the feat of balancing the sporty ethos of the watch and its bedazzling decoration.