Rolex. A Fine 18k Gold Dual Time Automatic Wristwatch with Date, Center Seconds and Bracelet
Rolex. A Fine 18k Gold Dual Time Automatic Wristwatch with Date, Center Seconds and Bracelet

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE, GMT-MASTER, REF. 16758, CASE NO. 8'899'988, CIRCA 1986

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Rolex. A Fine 18k Gold Dual Time Automatic Wristwatch with Date, Center Seconds and Bracelet
Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Date, GMT-Master, Ref. 16758, Case no. 8'899'988, Circa 1986
Movement: Automatic, Cal. 3075, 27 jewels
Dial: Black, luminous dot, baton and dagger numerals, luminous hands, date, center seconds
Case: 18k gold, black bezel, screw back, inside caseback 16750, 40mm diam.
Bracelet/Clasp: Rolex Jubilee bracelet and deployant clasp, stamped 8386, overall approximate length 7.5 inches

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Lot Essay

The GMT-Master model was originally developed in association with Pan Am Airlines to allow pilots to track time in two time zones: local and home. This was because physicians at Pan Am suggested that keeping track of the home time might mitigate the effects of jet lag. Thus, this model was born as an absolute tool watch, furthermore responding to a specific need. Its success, however, soon prompted Rolex to realize examples in precious metal and later on even brought forth bejeweled examples of the model.

The present timepiece is a representative of this “luxury evolution” of the line. It features the sought-after “nipple dial”, the nickname deriving from the shape of the dot numerals. The deep gold hue of the case and bracelet is masterfully reprised by the gilt designation of the dial and bezel, and the midnight black dial is mirrored in the black bezel insert. This alternation of deep dark tones and warm hues impart to the timepiece a remarkable aesthetic appeal and perfect legibility. The presence of the Jubilee bracelet further amplifies the appeal of the timepiece and, thanks to the links, the watch conveys a markedly sophisticated and vintage aesthetic. Interestingly, the serial number is a palindrome, which means it is read the same way forwards and backwards.


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