Early Steel and Yellow Gold Rolex GMT Ref. 1675

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Year of issue: 1970's

Reference number: 1675

Serial number:

Condition: hardly worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

This would have been among the first steel and yellow gold GMTs produced by Rolex, with the case dating to an approximate production date of 1970. These early versions were made of 14k yellow gold and stainless steel. The watch is in beautiful original condition, with a lovely patina on the nipple dial. The original Rolex Jubilee bracelet with “50” end pieces is stamped “Hecho en Mexico”. 40mm. Stock 36595


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.