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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1960
    Reference No: 1675
    Movement No: D44‘399
    Case No: 621’396
    Model Name: GMT-Master
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1560, 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, end link stamped 58, max length 170mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped Rolex 2.65
    Dimensions: 39 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch is an early example of the reference 1675, featuring pointed crown guards, lovingly dubbed 'El Cornino' by Rolex enthusiasts. The crown guards still retain their sharp edges. Examples of reference 1675 fitted with pointed crown guards are incredibly rare, and only very early examples carry this feature. It is also fitted on with a glossy lacquer dial with gilt graphics, which is among the most collectable within the 1675 family. Scholarship leads us to believe that the dial is slightly later than the watch, due to the Swiss T<25 signature beneath 6 o'clock.

    Combining great daily wearability and rarity, this superb example offers tremendous value for any collector.

  • 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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THIS LOT IS TO BE SOLD WITH NO RESERVE

952

Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 1675
A rare stainless steel dual time wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, black lacquer dial, pointed crown guards and bracelet

Circa 1960
39 mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$100,000 - 200,000 
€11,000-22,100
$12,800-25,600

Sold for HK$225,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018