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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1961
    Reference No: 1675
    Movement No: D31’766
    Case No: 695’917, inside caseback stamped “II.61”
    Model Name: GMT-Master
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1560, 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Jubilee bracelet, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The GMT-Master fashioned in a contrasting bi-coloured red and blue bezel, dubbed the “Pepsi”, has been one of the most iconic model among the Rolex line-up since its inception in 1954. Initially developed in collaboration with Pan-Am Airways, this utilitarian timepiece enables pilots to keep track of multiple time-zone during their travels. The very first reference of the GMT-Master 6542 was fitted with a Bakelite Bezel, known to be extremely fragile, the model was replaced with ref. 1675 in 1959. Crafted with robustness in mind with a new and improved metallic bezel, the 1675 was one of the longest running references within the Rolex catalogue and today, highly sought-after by collectors.

    Exceptional and rare from the 1960s, the present example bears a 695’XXX serial which embodies many desirable traits of early iteration of the model. Notably for its pointed crown guards, also known as the “IL Cornino” (Italian for horn), these are the very first case used for the ref.1675 and are highly collectible. The period correct SCOC dial belongs to the earliest Type 1 variant, characterized by its distinct narrow base coronet with small crown hole. Furthermore, the rich glossy black dial with gilt printed chapter ring has developed beautiful spidering that heightens its incredible vintage charisma. Complimented with thick luminous plots that have aged into a pleasing soft beige patina, the present specimen of an early 1675 in great condition is a marvelous addition to the distinct collector of vintage Rolex timepieces.

  • Artist Biography

    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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Property from an Important European Collector

1031

Ref. 1675
A very rare and highly attractive stainless steel dual-time wristwatch with black lacquer chapter ring gilt dial, pointed crown guards, date, center seconds and bracelet

Circa 1961
39.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$195,000 - 390,000 
€20,900-41,900
$25,000-50,000

Sold for HK$378,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021