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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1972
    Reference No: 1675 inside caseback stamped II.72
    Movement No: D'366'606
    Case No: 3'259'730
    Model Name: GMT-Master
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex GMT-Master ref. 1675 is one of the most iconic models manufactured by Rolex and introduced in 1959 replacing the first reference 6542. Early examples of the reference featured “glossy” black lacquered dials with matte dials introduced in 1964. Furthermore, a larger arrowhead for the extra hour hand is witnessed in later examples fitted with a matte dial.

    The present example offered with an attractive dial bearing a 3.2 million serial from circa 1972 is preserved in excellent condition. The dial features attractive luminous plots aged uniformly with the luminous material on the hands to a beautiful caramel hue giving the present example an exemplified vintage appeal.

  • 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 II.72
A highly rare, attractive and well-preserved stainless steel dual time wristwatch with bracelet

Circa 1972
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF8,000 - 12,000 
€7,400-11,200
$8,800-13,200

Sold for CHF15,120

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