A striking and extremely rare stainless steel automatic dual time wristwatch with center seconds, date, gilt/gloss dial, fuchsia bezel and bracelet

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1966
    Reference No: 1675 inside caseback stamped II.65
    Movement No: 36'328
    Case No: 1'536'795
    Model Name: GMT-Master
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels, further stamped ROW
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 215mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex USA deployant clasp stamped 1.68
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed, dial further signed Tiffany & Co

  • Catalogue Essay

    A “perfect storm” for the GMT connoisseur, the present piece incapsulates many - if not all - the rare traits mostly sought-after by collectors in this reference. It bears a flawless gilt/gloss dial, found only in the earlier iterations for this model. The date hand presents a small arrow tip - the so-called “freccino” - another highly prized trait typical of early 1675s.

    Of course, the presence of the Tiffany & Co. signature propels the watch to a whole new level of collectability compared to its non-signed brethren, especially considered the fantastic fuchsia insert: the red half of it has faded to this eclectic violet hue in a virtually perfect manner: absolutely even. Most notably, the movement is stamped ROW indicating export to the American market - fitting, considering the signature on the dial. Furthermore, the blue side of the ring remained intense and vibrant, a highly uncommon occurrence which adds to the aesthetic and technical charm of this superb timepiece.

  • 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 inside caseback stamped II.65
A striking and extremely rare stainless steel automatic dual time wristwatch with center seconds, date, gilt/gloss dial, fuchsia bezel and bracelet

Circa 1966
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed, dial further signed Tiffany & Co

Estimate
CHF30,000 - 60,000 
€27,600-55,300
$30,200-60,400

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Virginie Liatard-Roessli
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Double Signed: A Celebration of the Finest Partnerships Between Manufacturers and Retailers

Geneva Auction 9 November 2019