Rolex “Turning Tropical” GMT ref. 1675 with Original Papers

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Model: , ,

Year of issue: 1968

Reference number: 1675

Serial number: 1719xxx

Condition: hardly worn

Status: available

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: On request

Watch details

Noted for its many unique attributes, this is a great watch for the collector who prefers pieces with “x-factors”. This one has it all: a “long E” dial, which is turning brown, the original sales receipt (first sold on April 23,1969 for $197.00), original warranty, timing certificate and booklets. Oh yeah! The case is mint, the hands and bracelet are original and the watch is in overall fantastic vintage condition. The insert is newer. 40mm We are not selling this watch as unpolished. Stock 44419


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.