A fine and very rare yellow gold dual time wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date in Arabic and bracelet, made for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1974
    Reference No: 1675
    Movement No: D688777
    Case No: 3'315'500
    Model Name: GMT-Master
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold Rolex Oyster bracelet, 175 mm. maximum length, end link stamped 80
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Rolex folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For another example of a reference 1675 fitted with a Quraysh Hawk dial however in stainless steel, please see 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, page 193.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This watch is fitted with a beautiful gold, black, white and red Quraysh Hawk, which is the former symbol of the United Arabs Emirates adopted in 1973. The dial also features his Highness' signature. The present watch is really a fantastic example of reference 1675. The watch is fitted with a rare 'nipple dial', and the luminous on the numerals and hands have aged to a beautiful warm ivory tone. The case back is printed with the case number and bears 'RWC Limited'. These elements are all signs of a special order watch. In excellent overall condition, the present watch is further distinguished by the 'chocolate' brown bezel insert, which really complements the superb dial and well defined crisp case.

  • 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 fine and very rare yellow gold dual time wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date in Arabic and bracelet, made for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

勞力士,精細及非常罕有,18K黃金鏈帶腕錶,配兩地時間及中心秒針,星期以阿拉伯文顯示,“GMT-Master”,型號1675,為Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum於1974年製

1974
39 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$300,000 - 500,000 

sold for HK$650,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
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Specialist
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Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

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