First Matte Dial GMT ref. 1675 with Mini 24 Hour Hand, Timing Certificate

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Year of issue: 1968

Reference number: 1675

Serial number:

Condition: hardly worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

This is a fantastic example, offered in original unpolished condition with the original vintage Oyster bracelet. Note the killer, matched patina. This transitional model boasts the first of the matte dial GMTs, yet still retains the original mini 24 hour hand. Accopanie dby the original papers and timing certificate. 40mm. Stock 37791


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.