A very rare yellow gold dual time wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and transitional case without crown guards

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1966
    Reference No: 1675
    Movement No: D36642
    Case No: 1'360'511
    Model Name: GMT-Master
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Gilt Rolex buckle
    Dimensions: 39 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For a similar example with transitional case, please see 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, page 192.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This transitional GMT-Master wristwatch was manufactured at the time before the 1675 had its true identity. The case, still without crown guards, is hanging on to its 6542 roots where its bezel has been upgraded with the metal insert.

    Seldom seen on the market, these gold transitional 1675 are very collectible today.

  • 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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Ref. 1675
A very rare yellow gold dual time wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and transitional case without crown guards

勞力士,非常罕有,18K黃金自動上弦腕錶,配兩地時間及中心秒針,“GMT-Master”,型號1675,約1966年製

Circa 1966
39 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$140,000 - 250,000 

sold for HK$187,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

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