A very attractive yellow gold wristwatch with 24 hour hand, date, brown bezel and brown dial

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1979
    Reference No: 1675
    Movement No: D649'797
    Case No: 5'910'207
    Model Name: GMT-Master
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal.1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Gold plated pin buckle
    Dimensions: 39mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by a pouch

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1954, Rolex developed the GMT-Master in association with the world renowned airline, Pan American Airways. During the early era of jet travel, the watch was developed to suit the needs of pilots flying long distances across continents, allowing them to simultaneously keep track of time in two time zones. Following the first generation reference 6542, Rolex introduced the reference 1675 now incorporating crown guards, a more durable metallic bezel insert, and the famous “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” printing on the dial. Housed in an 18 karat yellow gold case, the present example features a caramel color dial with nipple-shaped luminous hour markers and a matching bezel that provide a seductive harmony of color together with the gold case.

  • 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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Ref. 1675
A very attractive yellow gold wristwatch with 24 hour hand, date, brown bezel and brown dial

1979
39mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF8,000 - 12,000 
€7,300-11,000
$8,200-12,400

sold for CHF16,250

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Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016