Rolex The Desert Hawk GMT ref 1675

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Model: , ,

Year of issue: 1973

Reference number: 1675

Serial number: 3.662xxx

Condition: mint

Status: sold

Dealer country: Monaco

Price in EUR €: n/a

Watch details

Superb example of 18kt gold GMT ref 1675 made for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in 1973. Flawless dial featuring the “Quraysh Hawk” crest and His Highness' signature. Untouched crispy case. The present specimen stands out not only for its rarity but also for its extraordinary condition. Mov: cal. 1570. Diam: 39mm. Box & Papers: none.


Corrado Mattarelli


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.