Rolex GMT ref. 1675 with Faded Black Bezel

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Model: ,

Year of issue: 1979

Reference number: 1675

Serial number: 5825xxx

Condition: hardly worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

"The bezel is key"- Josh Bonifas. Striking and distinctive, this is an exceptional find for the vintage enthusiast. The bezel has faded from black to nearly blue, the luminous has a rich, even patina and the watch retains its original Rolex USA Oyster bracelet with riveted links, stamped '78 inside the clasp. The watch is accompanied by the original presentation box, warranty, hang tags and calendar insert with the original Rolex folder. It will not go unnoticed, however, it might be mistaken for a "blueberry"! 40mm. Stock 37995


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.