Rolex - The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN New York Saturday, December 10, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Condition Report

  • Description

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1967
    Reference No: 1675
    Movement No: D091’203
    Case No: 1’796’673, case back interior stamped ll.67
    Model Name: GMT-Master “Fuchsia”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels, further stamped “ROW”
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel riveted Rolex Oyster bracelet, max overall length 200mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped 7-68
    Dimensions: 39.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by additional stainless steel Rolex Jubilee bracelet.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex GMT-Master’s fascinating history began with Pan American Airways’ collaboration with Rolex to develop a watch that would allow their pilots to simultaneously keep track of time in two time zones. The reference 1675 was introduced in 1959 as the successor to the reference 6542 – the first GMT-Master launched in 1955. The reference 1675 introduced crown guards and a bezel with a metallic aluminium insert that was stronger and more robust than the 6542’s Bakelite bezel, notorious for its fragility and susceptibility to breakage.

    The present wristwatch is a wonderful example for any vintage Rolex collector. The case is superb – totally unrestored, retaining its original, crisp edges and bevels as the day it left the factory more than five decades ago. The metallic insert is vibrant and has changed colour from red to a vivid and attractive fuchsia tone, which is highly sought after by collectors. The dial adds to the overall appeal of this wristwatch with bold tritium luminous hour plots and hands that have aged to a warm light brown hue. The matte dial features the “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” designation at 6 o’clock, and a larger arrowhead for the 24-hour hand, introduced beginning in the late 1960s on matte dial examples.

    This extremely well-preserved GMT-Master is fitted with its original riveted Oyster bracelet with clasp dated 1968, along with an additional Jubilee bracelet. The “ROW” import mark on the movement indicates it was originally delivered to the United States. Rolex sports watches are icons within the world of horology and the present ref. 1675 with its charismatic fuchsia bezel is a wonderful example for the connoisseur.

  • 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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Ref. 1675
A very fine and well-preserved stainless steel dual time wristwatch with fuchsia bezel, date and bracelet

1967
39.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed

Estimate
$12,000 - 24,000 
CHF11,400-22,800
€11,600-23,200
HK$93,900-188,000
S$16,500-33,000

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The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN

New York Auction 10 - 11 December 2022