Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT Hong Kong Monday, May 27, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1966
    Reference No: 1675, further stamped ll.66 inside caseback
    Movement No: D 61'596
    Case No: 1’427’842
    Model Name: GMT-Master
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 39.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Further delivered with original Rolex guarantee stamped Shaw Joyero, Sevilla.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present example from 1966 is in lovely condition with original vibrant black glossy dial and gilt printing, as well as fitted with the original small arrow tip 24-hour hand. The tritium hour markers have aged to an appealing yellowish brown hue and perfectly match the original luminous hands. The bezel has aged gracefully, having uniformly faded to a light red and blue with the case with strong proportions and bevels.

    The reference 1675 is a gem within the vintage world, it is not only wearable, but an aesthetically pleasing watch, in particular with the black glossy dial and gilt printing. This example makes a superb addition both for its value and appeal.

  • 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, further stamped ll.66 inside caseback
A fine and attractive stainless steel dual time zone wristwatch with glossy back dial with gilt printing and guarantee

Circa 1966
39.5mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$180,000 - 300,000 

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2019