Rolex Radial Dial GMT ref. #1675 with Original Papers

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Model: , ,

Year of issue: 1978

Reference number: 1675

Serial number: 5266xxx

Condition: hardly worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

The distinctive look of this GMT is striking with its original faded-to-grey-and-magenta bezel. The attractiveness and desirability of the watch is heightened by the original radial dial and accompaniment of the original papers. The watch is in the correct 5 million serial number range for a radial dial GMT. The second hand is newer and not original to the watch, as is the Oyster bracelet #78360 with #580 end pieces. 40mm. Stock 42535  


Private: 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.