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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1978
    Reference No: 1675
    Movement No: D361972
    Case No: 5'204'495
    Model Name: GMT-Master
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster Jubilee bracelet, endlinks stamped 50, max overall length 220mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex USA deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex Service Guarantee dates 02/02/2021 and Bucherer Geneva invoice, further accompanied by Rolex travel pouch.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex’s ref. 1675 GMT-Master is not only an iconic model from Rolex but has become a blueprint for many GMT watches produced subsequently.

    It was introduced in 1959 to succeed the earlier reference 6542 and featured a more robust design thanks to a metallic aluminum bezel insert and the presence of crown guards, a feature appearing on most Rolex sport timepieces. While early examples featured “glossy” black lacquered dials which preceded the introduction of matte dials, the new reference presented a “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” designation at 6 o’clock. Furthermore, a larger arrowhead for the 24-hour hand was introduced beginning in the late 1960s on matte dial examples.

    In production for more than 20 years, this model was famously used by pilots around the world.

    The present example features nice thick lugs and crisp bevels.The black bezel insert is original, and the perfectly intact luminous hour markers have aged to a pleasing cream color giving the watch an elegant charisma and vintage appeal. It is fitted with a very elegant Jubilee bracelet.

  • Artist Biography


    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
An attractive stainless steel dual time wristwatch with date and bracelet

Circa 1978
39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for CHF37,800

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

The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

Geneva Auction 5 & 7 November 2021