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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1963
    Reference No: 1675
    Movement No: D75667
    Case No: 875'462
    Model Name: GMT-Master
    Material: Stainless Steel
    Calibre: Automatic, Cal. 1560, 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial movement, bracelet signed, caseback inscribed Donald S. Pressman Lexington Kentucky 1-13-64

  • Catalogue Essay

    This watch is an astounding and rare variant of the reference 1675. Produced in 1963, this watch was manufactured only a few years after the launch of the reference. This beautiful lacquer dial features an 'underline' and 'Swiss' signature. Today, Rolex collectors and historians hypothesize that the underline and Swiss signature denotes a transitional period, signifying Rolex's use of tritium on the dial instead of radium.

    Early examples of the GMT-Master are highly desired amongst collectors. Those fitted with the “underline” dial such as the present lot are especially coveted, making this reference 1675 a worthy watch for the discerning collector.

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 1675
A fine and rare stainless steel dual time wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, black lacquer underline 'Swiss' dial, pointed crown guard and bracelet

Circa 1963
39mm diameter
Case, dial movement, bracelet signed, caseback inscribed Donald S. Pressman Lexington Kentucky 1-13-64

HK$80,000 - 150,000 

Sold for HK$275,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX

Hong Kong Auction 29 May 2018