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Lot #1505

Rolex GMT-Master 1675

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Introduction

Released in 1954, the Rolex GMT-Master resulted from a collaboration between now-extinct airline Pan Am and Rolex on a watch that would display the time across two time zones at once. Thanks to the popularisation of commercial air travel, planes were becoming more advanced and traveling longer distances. This resulted in pilots crossing time zones during flights more frequently, and thus a need for uniformity across the aviation industry was highlighted. To eliminate errors caused by time confusion, the industry adopted a standard time-zone, Greenwich Mean Time. As such, the GMT-Master's fourth hand, its 2nd hour hand, was used to constantly display Greenwich Mean Time, as its model name implies, while its regular hour hand displayed local time. While the aviation industry's standard time-zone switched to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in 1972, the name of the legendary GMT-Master was far too long in use for Rolex to change it. Today, the GMT-Master has become one of Rolex's most iconic models, with very few pilot's watches, if any, rivaling its level of fame, popularity, or signature design – and it certainly looks like it will stay that way.

Replacing the original GMT-Master, the ref. 6542 in 1959, the GMT Master ref. 1675 introduced a selection of essential upgrades that increased the GMT-Master's robustness and made it an internally superior timepiece to what had come before. Powered by the new chronometer-spec cal. 1565 movement, the ref. 1675 was the first GMT-Master family member to receive the coveted "Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified" inscription on its dial. Furthermore, it introduced the case-altering, and now standard issue, crown guards to protect its winding crown from impacts. Its crown guards had a pointed shape from 1959 until 1965, which is when they changed to a flat, or square profile. Produced until 1980, the GMT-Master ref. 1675 is the longest-running GMT-Master model Rolex has ever produced and as such, is the quintessential reference with the longest history for Rolex collectors to enjoy and connect with.

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Grade

V 8.5

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Watch Only

Est. value range

$10,000 – $15,000

The Details

Brand

Rolex

Dimensions

40mm x 12mm

Model

GMT-Master

Movement

Automatic cal. 1570

Reference

1675

Bracelet

Stainless Steel Oyster 78360

Year

1978

Condition

Excellent

Material

Stainless steel

Included

Watch only

Dial Color

Black

THE DIAL

Featuring a stunning matte black dial, this example features tritium luminous across its hour markers that have aged to include a beautiful creamy patina.

THE CONSTRUCTION

Having faded over the years, this example's "Pepsi" bezel insert has taken on a new lease of life thanks to its new shades of bright blue and vivid red that both pop next to the black dial they surround.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

Watch is in overall excellent condition. Case is thick and well porportioned, adn shows no signs of serious wear or damage. Bezel insert shows light signs of fading. Dial is in near mint condition showing no surface wear, and beautifully patinated luminous. Hands are a a shade lighter than the dial and show light signs of oxidation. 78360 Rolex oyster band has 12 links total, 2 of which are removable. The band shows minimal signs of stretch.

Our Perspective

Famed as the quintessential Rolex GMT-Master, the ref. 1675 has grown into one of the most iconic timepieces in watchmaking with its stunning aesthetic, signature bezel, and deep history.

Justin Gruenberg

Co-founder

Lot # 1505

Rolex GMT-Master 1675

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