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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1967
    Reference No: 1675
    Movement No: D20892
    Case No: 1'308'294 further stamped II.67 inside the case back
    Model Name: GMT-Master
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel, expandable Rolex Oyster, reference 6636, end links stamped 75 and 80, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp further engraved B.K.
    Dimensions: 39mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by original payment plan and valuation dated 1972

  • Catalogue Essay

    As the successor to the first GMT-Master reference 6542, reference 1675 was launched in 1960 with a glossy gilt dial and metallic bezel insert.

    With the growth of transatlantic flights, Rolex teamed up with world-renowned aircraft company Pan America Airways to help their pilots fight the effects of jet lag while travelling through different time zones. The present example from 1967 features a glossy dial with silvered text and beautiful caramel colored hour markers. The bezel retains a deep shade of blue and red, and the case has incredible definition in the lugs.

    Preserved in nearly unworn condition, the deployant clasp features an engraving from the original owner reading “B.K.”. The Oyster riveted bracelet appears to be in its original state, making it one of the finest examples of this reference to appear on the market.

  • 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
An attractive and exceptionally well preserved stainless steel wristwatch with bracelet, dual time zone, black lacquer dial, valuation and original ‘payment plan’

1967
39mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for CHF37,500

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Nathalie Monbaron
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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm