Rolex - Phillips & Blackbird: SPORTS Hong Kong Sunday, May 26, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1965
    Reference No: 1675, inner caseback stamped II.65
    Movement No: D537’050
    Case No: 1’427’134
    Model Name: GMT-Master
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster riveted bracelet stamped 7206, endlinks stamped 58, max length 185 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped 2.69
    Dimensions: 39.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Made in circa 1965, this stainless steel GMT-Master ref.1675 features an exceedingly rare Mark 0 matte dial — the dial configuration which predates the Mark 1 dial. The present watch signifies Rolex’s transition from gilt to matte dial, which would grace the ref. 1675 for the rest of its production run. The dial bears the same font and lettering placement as the latter gilt dial, with the printing in white. The shape of the coronet is also identical the one seen on the gilt dial before the transition.

    Another significant characteristic of the Mark 0 dial is the luminous materials applied on the hour markers and hands which would react under UV light, like the later gilt and early Mark 1 dials. Preserved in excellent condition, the case displays crisp edges and sharp numbers between the lugs. Most notably, the colors of the iconic Pepsi bezel have aged into the charming hues of light sapphire and pastel pink, confidently exuding an authentic aura of classic charm.

  • 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, inner caseback stamped II.65
A very fine and rare stainless steel dual time wristwatch with date and bracelet

Circa 1965
39.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

HK$200,000 - 400,000 

Sold for HK$375,000

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Phillips & Blackbird: SPORTS

Hong Kong Auction 27 May 2019