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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1968
    Reference No: 1675
    Movement No: D373'324
    Case No: 1'934'387
    Model Name: GMT-Master "Concorde"
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster riveted bracelet stamped "80" to the endlinks, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex deployant clasp stamped "3.69"
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by blank Rolex Guarantee, green wallet, Rolex hang tags, extra leather strap, extra 18K yellow gold Rolex buckle, instruction manual, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced in 1959, reference 1675 was upgraded with crown guards, and a metal bezel, rendering the watch more robust. The gold model therefore is not only rare but adds a certain element of flamboyance and self-confidence to the watch.

    The present example notably features the rare baton hands referred to by collectors as “Concorde” hands. This nickname comes from a Rolex advertisement presenting the gold 1675 with these baton hands next to the famous supersonic plane with the tag line “If you were flying the Concorde tomorrow you’d wear a Rolex".

    Adding to the overall appeal and cool nonchalance of this watch is the Rolex Oyster riveted bracelet. While the model was supposedly equipped with a Jubilee bracelet, this period correct bracelet (dating to 1969) could have easily been added on request of the original buyer.

  • 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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Ref. 1675
A fine and very rare yellow gold dual time wristwatch with center seconds, date, straight hands, engraved back, "nipple" dial, bracelet, guarantee and box

Circa 1968
39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$280,000 - 400,000 

Sold for HK$375,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2019