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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1965
    Reference No: 1675, inside caseback stamped 724
    Movement No: D34373
    Case No: 1'149'724 inside caseback further stamped with the last three digits of the serial number
    Model Name: GMT-Master "FAP"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1560, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped 3.65
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 1675 was introduced in 1960 as the successor of the reference 6542. Instead of a bakelite bezel, the model was fitted with a metal insert which was much more durable than its predecessor.

    The present watch is distinguished by its excellent state of preservation and was furthermore made for the Peruvian Air Force, evidenced by the engraving on the outside caseback. Furthermore, the inside case back has the last three digits of the case number engraved on the inside, showing that it was made upon special order.

    Its state of preservation is particularly noteworthy. The case is preserved in excellent condition and the bevels are still present. There are sharp finishes to the top of the lugs, and all proportions are robust and full. The black lacquer dial, which is correct for the serial number, is incredibly glossy and shiny with barely any marks. Furthermore, the luminous material has aged evenly with the hands and both display even and warm patina throughout

  • 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, inside caseback stamped 724
An attractive and well-preserved stainless steel dual time wristwatch with black lacquer dial, center seconds, date and bracelet, made for the Peruvian Air Force

Circa 1965
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF25,000 - 45,000 

Sold for CHF47,880

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

Geneva Auction 5 & 7 November 2021