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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1962
    Reference No: 1675
    Movement No: D27381
    Case No: 900'057
    Model Name: GMT
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 1560, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Brown suede leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex buckle
    Dimensions: 39 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For a similar example with transitional case, please see 100 Superlative Watches by John Goldberger, page 192.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch is a very rare version of the GMT Master reference 1675. It features elements of its predecessor, the reference 6542, most notably in the missing crown guards to the case. This transitional watch features the upgraded metal insert with a matte brown "Swiss" dial. However, it still retains the luminous hands and luminous tip of the 24 hour hand also found on a reference 6542.

    Offered in very crisp original condition, the present transitional GMT is seldom seen 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
A very rare yellow gold dual time wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and transitional case without crown guards

1962
39 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for HK$325,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am