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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1969
    Reference No: 1675
    Movement No: D228’521
    Case No: 1’919’559
    Model Name: GMT-Master, "Concorde"
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster riveted bracelet, endlinks stamped 80, max length 200 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped 1.68
    Dimensions: 39 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed
    Accessories: With Rolex punched guarantee dated May 14, 1969, punched COSC certificate dated January 10, 1969, hang tag and Rolex green fitted presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    While vintage GMTs are nowadays very sought after in the market, the present watch is distinguished by its extremely rare baton hands dubbed by collectors as “Concorde” hands, in reference to the original Rolex advertisement from the late 1960s which boldly states “If you were flying the Concorde tomorrow you’d wear a Rolex".

    The watch is preserved in an exceptionally beautiful condition, showing the first owner’s care and love for the watch. The watch is also accompanied by its original punched guarantee issued by a Hong Kong retailer, a Rolex green presentation box, and, perhaps most importantly, the original COSC certificate, which will surely please seasoned collectors and newcomers alike. Made in 1969, the year of Concorde’s first flight and man’s first moon landing, and lavishly cased in 18K yellow gold, the present watch is a tangible chronicle which proudly records the golden era of aviation and spacefaring.

  • 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 very rare and attractive yellow gold dual time wristwatch with date, sweep center seconds, riveted bracelet, guarantee from a Hong Kong retailer, COSC certificate and box

Circa 1969
39 mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed

HK$235,000 - 390,000 

Sold for HK$500,000

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Phillips & Blackbird: SPORTS

Hong Kong Auction 27 May 2019