Rolex - Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR Geneva Friday, November 11, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1971
    Reference No: 1675
    Movement No: D904804
    Case No: 2'730'922
    Model Name: GMT-Master
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, reference 7836, end links stamped 280, max. length 205mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp, stamped 4.70
    Dimensions: 39.5mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed further stamped III.70 on the case back and 922 corresponding to the last three digits of the serial.
    Caseback further engraved "To Derek From Jackie With Thanks 1971"

    Accessories: Accompanied by original presentation box, Rolex guarantee, Rolex service papers, Rolex booklets, and original hangtag. Furthermore, this watch is presented with two Kodak images of Jackie Stewart and Derek Gardner together at a racing event.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex GMT Master’s fascinating history began with Pan Am collaborating with Rolex to develop a watch that would allow their pilots to simultaneously keep track of time in two time zones.
    The present watch has an extraordinary history. As indicated by the engraving found on its caseback: “To Derek From Jackie With Thanks 1971”, this watch was gifted to Derek Gardner by Jackie Stewart showing his personal appreciation for the truly amazing work he did.
    Not much can be said that hasn’t already about the 'Flying Scot' as he was so aptly named. An illustrious racing career with three Formula One Championships wins in 1969, 1971 and 1973 up until his retirement that same year, his dedication to the sport and in particular, the safety of drivers and the tracks is unsurpassed. Sir Jackie Stewart has been an ambassador for Rolex since 1969 and remains so to this day, so what better watch to present to Derek Gardner for his loyalty and genius in designing the winning car that enabled him to take the 1971 World title.
    Derek Gardner was a designer and engineer who developed four-wheel drive systems for Matra in 1969. He then met Ken Tyrell in 1970 and Tyrell chose Derek Gardner to design his chassis. The first chassis, the Tyrell 001, was built in his garage alongside his home in Warwick, England to where Jackie Stewart came in secret for a fitting one evening after he had been testing a Matra F2 car at Goodwood.
    The first car was raced in the 1970 Canadian Grand Prix where Jackie Stewart
    qualified the car on pole on its debut and it led until an axle failed on lap 34. The car was further developed into the Tyrell 002 and 003 and drivers Jackie Stewart and François Cevert achieved seven wins between them in 1971. Stewart won the Drivers World Championship and Tyrell took the Constructors title.
    This watch is not only complete with all you would expect on a ' full set' GMT-Master but further enhanced by double punched papers and booklet, one stamped Montres Rolex S.A and two original race photographs. These rare original images show Jackie sat inside the Tyrell on pole position at the 1973 Monaco Grand Prix, with Derek Gardner (in yellow shirt) listening in, with his Rolex GMT-Master visible on his wrist. Sir Jackie Stewart went on to win this race, not only securing the 1973 World Championship but equaling the record of 25 Grand Prix victories set by his good friend Jim Clark.

    This watch presents a unique opportunity for both watch and motor racing aficionados to be able to own a watch that was worn and enjoyed for over 40 years by Derek Gardner; the man who 'built a World Championship winning car in his garage'. Further enhanced greatly by the fact that Sir Jackie Stewart, his friend, race legend, and long standing Rolex Ambassador personally presented it to him.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 1675
A historically interesting stainless steel wristwatch presented to motorsport designer and constructor Derek Gardner by race legend and Rolex ambassador Sir Jackie Stewart, with bracelet, dual-time zone, accompanied by presentation box, punched certificate, punched and stamped booklet, GMT Master pamphlet and period Grand Prix photographs

39.5mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed further stamped III.70 on the case back and 922 corresponding to the last three digits of the serial.
Caseback further engraved "To Derek From Jackie With Thanks 1971"

CHF8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for CHF35,000

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Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

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