Rolex GMT Master II 40mm Full 18k Yellow Gold 1990 “Sultan” Serti Champagne Dial Jubilee Bracelet Ref 16718
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|Case Size (Diameter)
18k Yellow Gold
18k Yellow Gold
Excellent pre-owned condition
|Included in Sale
Watch + Box
Mens / Unisex
Item is in stock
Champagne / Serti
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Presenting an exquisite 40mm Rolex GMT Master II Ref: 16718 – A Masterpiece of Elegance and Craftsmanship.
It is delightfully slim at just 11.8mm
With this extraordinary timepiece, you will step into a world of unparalleled sophistication and timeless style.
Meticulously designed and crafted, this remarkable timepiece represents the pinnacle of horological artistry, making it the perfect acquisition for any discerning watch enthusiast or Rolex collector.
Fasten your seatbelts for the story of the inimitable Rolex GMT-Master!
As civil aviation took off after World War II, airlines began to fly over longer distances. As a result, pilots required accurate watches that could display multiple time zones simultaneously. In the early 1950s, Pan American Airways (Pan-Am) requested Rolex to develop a watch for this very purpose.
The GMT-Master (‘GMT’ standing for ‘Greenwich Mean Time’) was introduced in 1954. It featured a 24-hour hand alongside the regular 12-hour hand. In combination with a bidirectional 24-hour bezel, this GMT hand could be used to read the home time zone while the 12-hour hand displayed the ‘local’ time.
Despite its close links to aviation and its professional purpose, the Rolex GMT enjoys a fanbase far beyond the pilots it was originally intended for.
Over the years Rolex has introduced many wonderful variations of the GMT… but none quite like this one!
From a purists’ point of view the combination of a tool watch with gem-setting is an odd pairing. Yet, the extra touch of luxury feels so right on this jet-setting pilot’s watch.
This solid 18k yellow gold timepiece ref: 16718 from 1990 is executed in a svelte 18k Yellow Gold Oyster case and comes on a rare 18k Yellow Gold Rolex Jubilee bracelet. The 18K yellow gold rotating bezel features a black aluminium inlay with charming yellow Arabic numerals.
With a total of 22 jubilee links, this is a full link bracelet fitting up to approx. 18 / 19cm wrist.
The classic champagne-colored dial features beautiful round diamond-set hour markers interspersed with baguette-cut sapphire markers on the 6 and 9 positions as well as a triangular sapphire at 12. This configuration is sometimes known as a ‘Sultan dial’, although the term ‘Serti dial’ is more commonly used by Rolex as well as collectors.
Serti derives from the French sertissage, meaning gem-setting. So, technically, all Rolex watches with gem-set dials feature sertissage. However, among collectors, Serti refers specifically to Submariners, GMTs, and Yachtmasters with factory-set diamond, ruby, and sapphire indices.
As for the lume, Rolex shifted from using the radioactive tritium luminous compound to the safer (non-radioactive) Luminova compound in the late 90’s, this watch from the early 90’s features a ‘Swiss -T <25’ marking on the dial at the 6’o’clock position.
This 16718 GMT-Master II runs on the upgraded caliber 3185 automatic movement with the convenient option to separately adjust the local hand separately from the 24-hour GMT hand, in addition to a quickset date function.
Hacking seconds, 48hr power reserve, 28,800vph 31 Jewels
The watch is in excellent condition just a few light surface swirlies, with a thick case, sharp lines, tight bracelet, deep lug holes and near mint bezel inlay.
The twinlock crown and bracelet logos stand tall and proud leading us to believe this watch has had an easy life and never needed polishing.
Overall: Excellent pre-owned condition with few minor wear marks.
Crystal: condition is Excellent.
Case + Bracelet: has a few light, pre-owned wear mark blemishes.
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