1978 Rolex GMT Master Pepsi Unpolished with MK 5 Dial Ref. 1675

Year of issue: 1978
Reference number: 1675
Condition: mint
Status: available
Dealer country: Dubai
Price in US $ 27,210


Maxi GMT      -      The Rolex GMT Master Reference 1675 with matte dial was launched in 1967 with the MK1 Long E dial and discontinued after several dial variants with the MK5 dial in ca 1979. The MK5 dial is unique to the noticeably larger lume plots than on the other dials. The offered watch is in excellent condition with a strong unpolished case still retaining beautiful bevels and factory finish. The case is free of any major dents or dings. The Pepsi insert is original and correct with the slightly thicker font. The MK5 dial is in excellent condition bearing original luminous which has aged to a yellowish hue and is matching with the original hands. The unpolished case and mint dial make this watch a hard find for the discerning collector, a Vintage GMT how we like it.

SKU 1.1.854
Brand Rolex
Model GMT Master
Ref. No. 1675
Serial No. 5492XXX
Year 1978
Gender Gents
Case Size 40mm
Case Excellent unpolished case showing only little wear from age. The fat and even lugs have prominent bevels and still retain the factory finish. The numbers between the lugs are clear and visible. The original red back Pepsi insert still retains strong colors with light fading only
Bracelet / Strap Very good C&I US Rivit Oyster bracelet showing moderate stretch from age. The bracelet is long with 11 links. The clasp code is dated 77 so correct for the period
Dial Excellent MK5 Maxi dial with original Tritium The lume on dial and hands have aged to a yellowish color
Price AED 100,000/ USD 27,210
Crystal Acrylic
Movement Automatic
Functions Date, GMT
Condition Mint
Box No
Papers No


Tariq Malik


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.