Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XVII Hong Kong Friday, November 24, 2023 | Phillips

Create your first list.

Select an existing list or create a new list to share and manage lots you follow.

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1968
    Reference No: 1675
    Movement No: D’708’358
    Case No: 1’900’235, inside caseback stamped I.68
    Model Name: GMT-Master, MK I
    Material: Stainless Steel
    Calibre: Automatic, Cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster riveted bracelet, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “Rolex USA”, “7-68”
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex punched guarantee retailed by Haltom’s Jewelers, Texas dated 15th Oct 1971, green card holder, hang tags and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present example with serial number 1,900,235 from circa 1968 flaunts a beautiful matte black dial with many desirable traits, including a ‘MK 1’, ’Long E’ matte dial configuration. Another noteworthy point to mention on the present lot is that the luminous hour indexes with ‘waffle like texture’ that are found in early serial range, the present lot have aged to an intense ‘pumpkin’ orange patina that is further complimented by the matching handsets.

    This early GMT-Master is in great overall condition, is enhanced by the original guarantee paperwork, hang tag with the serial numbers printed on it and along with the Rolex presentation box. Collectors today are seeking for rare and complete-set GMT-Master and the present lot is a wonderful iteration of this now iconic timepiece.

  • 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.

    View More Works


Ref. 1675
A well preserved and rare stainless dual time wristwatch with centre seconds, date, ‘MK I’ dial, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 1968
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$80,000 - 160,000 

Sold for HK$152,400

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Deputy Chairman, Watches, Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XVII

Hong Kong Auction 24-25 November 2023