Early Matte Dial Rolex GMT Ref. 1675 Retailed at Tiffany & Co

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Year of issue: 1963

Reference number: 1675

Serial number:

Condition: hardly worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

This is a special piece for the collector of rarities, boasting quite a resume of notable details. The early serial number (#1644xxx) dictates that this would have been one of the first matte dials on a GMT. This is amplified by the mini red 24-hour hand, pleasant original condition of the watch and certainly the Tiffany & Co signature. Note the position of the “Tiffany & Co”, on the upper portion of the dial, as well as the early font in which the Tiffany signature is printed. 40mm. Circa 1963. Stock 35884


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.