ROLEX | GMT-MASTER II SULTAN, REFERENCE 16713, STAINLESS STEEL AND YELLOW GOLD DIAMOND AND RUBY-SET DUAL-TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET, CIRCA 1998
Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 GBP
GMT-MASTER II SULTAN, REFERENCE 16713
STAINLESS STEEL AND YELLOW GOLD DIAMOND AND RUBY-SET DUAL-TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET,
Calibre: cal. 3185 automatic, 31 jewels
Movement number: 38'421'661
Case: stainless steel and 18ct yellow gold Oyster, screw-down crown and back
Case number: A'598'950
Closure: stainless steel and 18ct yellow gold Rolex Oyster bracelet with integrated folding clasp
Dimensions: 40mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 200mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: service invoice dated November 21, 2017
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DIAL: dial and hands in very good condition. With one circular mark towards the centre of the dial between 3 and 5 o'clock, visible under strong lighting.
CASE: in good condition with signs of previous polishing. With light scratches to the case profiles and back. With minor chips to the bezel insert towards the 10 and triangle graduations. The bezel insert bears one scratch between the 6 and 8 graduations. Serial and reference numbers are clearly legible between the lugs. Inner-caseback stamped 16710.
Bracelet: clasp stamped AB3 (March 2000), 78793A. Bracelet in good condition with light surface scratches throughout and a slight amount of stretch. Clasp locks firmly.
MOVEMENT: running at the time of cataloguing, date advances, seconds hack when the crown is pulled out.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of its timekeeping. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and that a service may be required at the buyer's discretion.
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The Rolex GMT-Master II reference 16713 was produced between 1989 and 2005/6 as the stainless steel and yellow gold counterpart of the steel reference 16710. The watch could be purchased either with a black or gilt and bronze bezel insert. Its long production period lead to the progressive introduction of novel features throughout the model’s lifetime, such as new dials, bracelets and luminescent materials.
Mechanically-wise, the 16713 relies on the calibre 3185 which conveniently offers a hacking second feature and the ability to set the hour hand independently for quick time adjustments.
The present black bezel example was manufactured in late 1998 and bears several interesting features for the detail-oriented collector. The so-called ‘Sultan’ or ‘Serti’ (i.e: French for gem-set) silvered dial was introduced a few years into the model production and is set with 8 diamond indexes and 3 triangular rubies (as opposed to the diamond and sapphire dials observed on the Submariner range). This watch was in fact produced using the last tritium dials, mentioning ‘SWISS – T<25’ before the switch to Luminova shortly after. The inner-caseback bears the 16710 reference as opposed to the newer 2180 code introduced later in 1998.
Finally, this nostalgic two-tone GMT Master II is offered on its original 78793A bracelet with the short and two-tone Oysterlock clasp.