Circa 1971 Rolex GMT Ref. 1675 with Strong Patina

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Year of issue: 1971

Reference number: 1675

Serial number:

Condition: hardly worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

“This is the look you want for a vintage watch”- Josh Bonifas. The beautiful and stronger-than-average patina on the original MK IV dial that is ideally matched to the original hands is immediately striking when you first encounter this 1675 GMT. It has an old (but likely not original) insert, original Jubilee bracelet and 3.2 million serial number. Made circa 1971. 40mm. Stock 36388


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.