O’Sullivan beat Wilson 18-8 after a dominant afternoon session on Sunday left him needing just the one frame in the evening.
And it didn’t take him long to get it, winning the first frame of the night to seal his first world title since 2013.
O’Sullivan’s title moves him level with Steve Davis and Ray Reardon on six, and not many would bet against him equalling Hendry’s record in years to come.
The Rocket courted controversy earlier in the tournament as he criticised the younger generation, but few could argue O’Sullivan was the best over the course of the Crucible fortnight.
He produced the record fastest ever Crucible win in the first round as he needed just 108 minutes to see off Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 10-1.
O’Sullivan then got revenge over Ding Junhui in the last-16, who had beaten him at this season’s UK Championship at the same stage.
It was long-time rival Mark Williams up next for the Rocket and O’Sullivan came back from 8-4 down to defeat the Welshman 13-10.
A dramatic semi-final against Mark Selby saw O’Sullivan win the final three frames to secure his spot in the final in a decider.
And after a tight first day, where both O’Sullivan and Wilson appeared drained from their last-four exploits, the Essex potter ran away with the final on Sunday.
O’Sullivan led 8-2 at one stage before Wilson pulled it back to 10-8, though the 44-year-old reeled off seven frames on the trot to seal his crown.
He takes home a cool £500,000 for victory, but you feel it’s the trophy that may mean more to the Rocket this time around.
Hendry, who won seven, is certainly in his sights.
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