Early Rolex Matte Dial GMT Ref. 1675, circa 1967

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Year of issue: 1967

Reference number: 1675

Serial number:

Condition: hardly worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

This watch represents the earliest matte dial GMT, made circa 1967. These early examples used a particular luminous material that is still glowing today. The original Jubilee bracelet with “56” end pieces has been fitted with a new clasp. 40mm. Stock 36597


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.