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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1978
    Reference No: 1675, inside caseback stamped 1675
    Movement No: D885’982
    Case No: 5’607’972
    Model Name: GMT-Master
    Material: Stainless Steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, stamped 78360, end links stamped 585 max length 210mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped 78360
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex fitted box, punched guarantee and wallet

  • Catalogue Essay

    Other than its superlative state of preservation and the fact that it comes with box and Rolex guarantee the present Rolex reference 1675 stands out thanks to the signature in red of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on the lower part of the dial, making it part of an extremely limited number of pieces with this unique feature.

    Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was born on 15 July 1949 and is the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai. Since his accession in 2006, after the death of his brother Sheikh Maktoum, he has undertaken reforms in the UAE's government, starting with the UAE Federal Government Strategy in April 2007. He is also founder of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Global Initiatives, a charitable foundation which consolidates the work of 33 charitable foundations, entities and initiatives which together implement more than 1,400 development programs, contributing to the support of more than 130 million people in 116 countries in collaboration with over 280 strategic partners, including governmental institutions, private sector companies, as well as regional and international organizations.

    It is believed that the watches bearing His Highnesses’ signature were ordered during his time as Minister of Defense of the UAE and were offered as gifts to dignitaries and foreign officials.

    The ultimate rarity and the superb condition of the present piece make it an opportunity not to be missed for the collector of rare vintage Rolex.

  • Artist Biography

    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, inside caseback stamped 1675
A very rare and well preserved stainless steel dual time wrist watch with signature of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, with box and punched guarantee

Circa 1978
39mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF70,000 - 140,000 
€64,900-130,000
$76,300-153,000

Sold for CHF75,600

Contact Specialist

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

41 79 637 1724
[email protected]

The Geneva Watch Auction: XII

Geneva Auction 6 - 7 November 2020