Rolex “No-Crown Guard” GMT-Master, ref. 1675

Year of issue: 1960
Reference number: 1675
Condition: hardly worn
Status: available
Dealer country: United States
Price in US $ 78,000


Brand: Rolex Model: GMT-Master Reference: 1675 Gender: Gents Year: 1960 Material: 18k YG Dial Color: Original Matte Brown Dial in Untouched Condition Dimensions: 39mm Watch Movement: Self-Winding Bracelet/Strap: Yellow Gold Rivet Bracelet with 80 Endpieces Box/Paper: Leather Travel Case Condition: Thick Case with Signs of Original Finish SKU: 148739 This 1960 Rolex GMT-Master, ref. 1675 is a gorgeous example of this rare variation of  the 1675. The reference 1675 was released in 1959 as an upgrade from the 6542 with the most obvious upgrade being the metal guards on each side of the crown. Some of the yellow gold examples, however, did not feature crown guards, earning them the nickname "No Crown Guards" or NCG in the vintage Rolex world. These examples are extremely rare and have a fantastic vintage feel to them.  This particular yellow gold, No Crown Guard 1675 is in excellent original condition, with a tight rivet bracelet, beautiful brown dial and insert and very nice original lume. 


Justin Gruenberg


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.