Rolex - Phillips & Blackbird: SPORTS Hong Kong Sunday, May 26, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1966
    Reference No: 1675
    Movement No: D28’228
    Case No: 1’365’059
    Model Name: GMT-Master
    Material: Stainless Steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped 6636, endlinks stamped 80, max length 200 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39.5mm diameter
    Signed: Dial, case, movement and bracelet stamped
    Accessories: Further accompanied by original Rolex guarantee booklet dated 1970, original invoice issued by Bucherer, product literature and Rolex green presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    Picture the heydays of the jet set era of the 1960s — the time when sharply clad travelers were crossing the Atlantic Ocean over 90,000 feet above the ground in a Boeing 727. What did these modern nomads have on their wrist to keep track of their home and destination time zones as they sojourned their way around the world? It was likely a Rolex GMT-Master.

    The GMT-Master reference 1675 is by all means an epoch-defining item from the golden age of air travel, and the present watch is a lovely example of the series. The case remains crisp with sharp beveled edges, and the luminous materials on the indexes have developed a creamy patina over the years, bestowing upon the watch an authentically retro appearance. The bezel has metamorphosed into the attractive tones of sapphire blue and rose red. Accompanied by the original invoice and guarantee booklet, both stamped by the retailer Bucherer, this watch is a true collectors’ dream.

  • 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 rare and attractive stainless steel dual-time wristwatch with gilt lacquered dial, date, sweep center seconds, box and guarantee

Circa 1966
39.5mm diameter
Dial, case, movement and bracelet stamped

HK$150,000 - 320,000 

Sold for HK$475,000

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Phillips & Blackbird: SPORTS

Hong Kong Auction 27 May 2019