A very rare and attractive stainless steel dual time zone wristwatch with black lacquer dial, pointed crown guards, faded "Pepsi" bezel and expandable bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1963
    Reference No: 1675
    Movement No: D13585
    Case No: 875'257
    Model Name: GMT-Master
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex expandable riveted Oyster bracelet, reference 6636, endlinks stamped 80, max. length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp, stamped 1.65
    Dimensions: 39mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    With the growth of transatlantic flights, Rolex teamed up with the premier airline of the time, Pan American Airways (“Pan Am”), to create a watch to aide their pilots who were increasingly traveling across time zones. As the successor to the first GMT-Master reference 6542, reference 1675 was launched in 1960 using a metallic bezel insert that replaced the fragile Bakelite bezels used in the 6542 models. The present example from 1963 features a glossy dial with silvered text and beautiful caramel-colored hour markers. The bezel has faded to an even, light shade of blue and red, and the case has great definition in the lugs. The early case features attractive pointed crown guards known as “Cornino”.Fitted with its original, expandable Oyster riveted bracelet and accompanied by its original box, it is a highly wearable and practical vintage sports Rolex for a collector.

  • 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 very rare and attractive stainless steel dual time zone wristwatch with black lacquer dial, pointed crown guards, faded "Pepsi" bezel and expandable bracelet

1963
39mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF5,000 - 7,000 
€4,600-6,400
$5,200-7,200

sold for CHF20,000

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Alexandre Ghotbi
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The Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016