1959 No Crown Guard Rolex GMT 18K Gold

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Year of issue: 1959

Reference number: 1675

Serial number: 996xxx

Condition: hardly worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

A transitional model which followed the bakelite bezel 6542s, this is a watch not found in abundance in today's market. This particular ref. #1675 is quite a handsome example. Note the small 24 hour hand. The watch was previously serviced at Rolex and a new bezel insert and case back were installed. 40mm. Stock 36270


Joshua Bonifas


The GMT-Master was developed to meet the specific needs of airline pilots. It became the official watch of several airlines, among them the famous Pan American World Airways, better known as Pan Am. Its most distinguishing visual feature was the two-tone bezel which marked daytime from nighttime hours.


As intercontinental travel developed in the 1950s, airliners began to fly swiftly across several successive time zones. For the first time it became important to know the time in various places in the world, simultaneously. It was the dawn of the jet age, and Rolex responded with a watch to match the spirit of the times.