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01409 Rolex. A full set GMT-Master, Ref. 1675, manufactured in 1964 with a gilt lacquered dial, sweep center seconds and bracelet Sold

 

 

 

01409 Rolex

The GMT-Master and its vibrant "Pepsi" bezel have become a true icon of the watch world. Designed in the 1950s for the Pan-Am pilots and sophisticated travelers it allowed the wearer to keep track of time at home and locally. Dating to 1964, this wonderfully rare example represents vintage Rolex at its best.

 

Manufacturer: Rolex
Model: GMT Master
Year: 1964
Reference No: 1675
Movement: D23407
Case No: 1.159.161, inside case back stamped IV64
Material: Stainless steel
Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570
Bracelt/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, ref. 7206
Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “1,67”
Dimensions: 39.5mm diameter
Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
Accessories: Accompanied by an open Rolex guarantee, instruction manuell, chronometer certificate dd 3.2.1965, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

 

 

Rolex’s first GMT-Master wristwatch was introduced in the 1950s at the start of the golden age of air travel, which is now recognised as a highly productive period in horology with many brands producing some of the most famous watches known today. The GMT-Master reference 6542 was released in 1954 as a 39mm diameter wristwatch made in cooperation with Pan American Airlines as a tool watch for pilots and travelers. It allowed the wearer to keep track of time both at home and locally.

By 1959, Rolex introduced the reference 1675 with the newly designed case at 39mm diameter, featuring crown guards and a metal bezel that replaced the fragile Bakelite bezel. The present example from 1964 stands out with its flawless and original vibrant black glossy dial with gilt printing, and is fitted with a 24 hours hand with small arrow tip. Combining great daily wearability and rarity, this is a magnificent specimen of an early reference 1675 and ever since one of Rolex most iconic models.

 

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