Exclusive Timepieces & Jewels 17 July 2019 | Monaco LOT 152
Rolex An outstanding and exceptional Rolex GMT Master II, reference 116759, in 18k white gold with diamond and black sapphire-set bezel with white gold and diamond set bracelet and Rolex
Estimate € 80,000 – 160,000
Model: GMT Master Ii
Material: White gold
Reference N°: 116759
Case N°: M622782
Movement N°: 3 1984677
Bracelet: White gold and diamonds
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 116759 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 116759 in white gold is believed to be one of only a handful of examples with black sapphires to appear at auction to date. The 35 diamonds which embellish the bezel are interspersed by 12 black sapphires, moreover a diamond-paved dial makes this watch even more spectacular. To top it all, the white-gold bracelet with the central band sprinkled is also completed with diamonds, just like the handles of the tonneau case. Its rarity is further enhanced by its extremely well preserved original condition with very sharp lines and beveled edges to the case accompanied by a Rolex Warranty Card. 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.