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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1966
    Reference No: 1675
    Movement No: D73910
    Case No: 1’442’434, case back interior stamped ll.66
    Model Name: GMT-Master
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, stamped "78360", end links stamped "501", max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped "78360" and "VF"
    Dimensions: 39.5 mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Literature: For other examples of the reference 1675, see 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, page 193.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The reference 1675 was introduced in 1960 as the successor to the reference 6542 – the first GMT-Master launched in 1954. The new model introduced crown guards and a metallic bezel insert, which was more robust than the 6542’s Bakelite bezel. Rolex worked in partnership with Pan Am airways to develop a timepiece that allowed their pilots to keep track of time in two time zones and set the standard for the dual-time wristwatch.

    The present example from 1966 features its original stunning black glossy dial with gilt print, with tritium hour markers that have aged to a lovely light yellow color. The “Swiss-T<25” is correct for the period. The bezel has faded slightly with the red an appealing light tone, while the blue retains a deep hue. The Rolex GMT-Master is a watch of charisma with great wearability, this example offers tremendous value and practicality for collectors.

  • 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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This Lot is to be Sold with No Reserve


Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 1675
A fine and attractive stainless steel dual-time wristwatch with black lacquer dial, date and bracelet

Circa 1966
39.5 mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

HK$62,000 - 94,000 

Sold for HK$112,500

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2019