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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1966
    Reference No: 1675
    Movement No: D34'190
    Case No: 1'533'793
    Model Name: GMT-Master
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped 2.60
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex hangtag, invoice dated 19 August, 1967, guarantee, chronometer paper February 22, 1967, product literature, wallet and presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 1675 was introduced in 1960 as the successor of the reference 6542. Instead of a bakelite bezel, the model was fitted with a metal insert which was much more durable than its predecessor.

    The present watch is distinguished by its excellent state of preservation and presence of all its original documents. Originally sold at the U.S. Navy Exchange in Yokohama, this timepiece is accompanied by its hangtag, invoice dated 19 August, 1967, guarantee, chronometer paper February 22, 1967, product literature, wallet and presentation box. It is even accompanied by a black and white photo of the U.S. Navy Exchange in Yokohama. This is very remarkable, considering that this watch was produced over 50 years ago.

    Furthermore, its state of preservation is particularly noteworthy. The case is preserved in excellent condition and the bevels are still present. There are sharp finishes to the top of the lugs, and all proportions are robust and full. The black lacquer dial, which is correct for the serial number, is incredibly glossy and shiny with barely any marks. Furthermore, the luminous material has aged evenly with the hands and both display even and warm patina throughout.

  • Maker Bio

    Rolex

    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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Rolex

Ref. 1675
A rare and attractive stainless steel dual time wristwatch with black lacquer dial, bracelet, original hang tag, invoice, guarantee, chronometer paper and presentation box

Circa 1966
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF25,000 - 50,000 
€23,600-47,100
$25,800-51,600

sold for CHF52,500

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: XI

Geneva Auction 27 - 28 June 2020