Rolex “The Transitional Gold GMT-Master ref. 1675”

Year of issue: 1964
Reference number: 1675
Condition: mint
Status: sold
Dealer country: Monaco
Price in EUR € n/a


Extremely rare 18k yellow gold GMT ref. 1675, manufactured in 1964. The present example represents a very rare “no crown guards” transitional model of the GMT Master .  Preserved in great condition, it features a gorgeous lacquered brown dial with nipple-shaped, luminous hour markers, leaf shaped hour and minute hands and the GMT hand with the small triangular luminous tip.  The charming brown bezel provides a warm harmony of color together with the gold case. Complete with 18k Rolex Oyster bracelet. Definitely a great example of sporty elegance. Introduced in 1959, reference 1675 was the immediate successor of the first Bakelite GMT reference 6542. The steel version was upgraded with crown guards and a metal bezel. The Gold version – as the present specimen – did not feature crown guards for another few years. Read more about the beautiful history of Rolex GMT at “The Onlyvintage Magazine” Case n: 1.018xxx Caliber: Automatic, cal. 1570 Diameter: 39mm  Box & Papers: none Manufactured in 1964


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.