Rolex - Geneva Watch Auction: TWO Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1973
    Reference No: 1675
    Movement No: D561'823
    Case No: 3'656'959
    Model Name: GMT-Master
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Rolex Jubilee, end links stamped 54, max length 193mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed, case back furthermore stamped with full serial number and UK import marks for 1974

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present GMT-Master reference 1675 in gold is an exceedingly rare example, featuring the UAE crest and the signature of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The ‘Hawk’ symbol of the United Arab Emirates has at its centre a polychrome Dhow, an Arabian sail boat.

    In excellent overall condition, the present watch is furthermore distinguished by the "chocolate" brown bezel insert, complementing the dial, the super crisp "Quraysh Hawk" crest and signature of His Highness Sheik Al Maktoum. Like with all military watches, the case back features the full serial number of the watch as well as the UK import marks for 1974.

    Of superb overall appeal and rarity, the present reference 1675 is a rare find for the aficionado of rare sports watches.

  • 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
A very rare and attractive yellow gold wristwatch with dual time zone, bracelet, brown dial and bezel, made for the UAE Ministry of Defense

39mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed, case back furthermore stamped with full serial number and UK import marks for 1974

CHF40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for CHF167,000

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm