Rolex The tropical GMT ref 1675

Model: ,
Year of issue: 1960
Reference number: 1675
Condition: mint
Status: available
Dealer country: Monaco
Price in EUR € 73.500


Extremely charming and rare steel Rolex GMT-Master ref. 1675, manufactured in 1960. Rolex introduced the first GMT-Master in the 1950’s at the beginning of the golden age of air travels: made in cooperation with Pan American Airlines, Reference 6542 was released in 1954 as a tool watch for pilots and sophisticated travellers.  Powered with an amazing blu and red Bakelite bezel, it allowed the traveler to keep track of time both at home and locally.  In 1959 Rolex introduced Reference 1675 with the newly designed  39mm case, featuring crown guards and a metal bezel that replaced the fragile Bakelite one of the previous model. The essence of the present specimen is found on the extraordinary color of its chapter ring dial, which has naturally aged in a spectacular mustard-colored tone that make it just a unique piece.  The gilt writings and the warm ivory tone of the hands and the indexes, gently arise in harmony with the colored background. Finally the charming tone of the blu and red bezel, perfectly frames the hole time piece. You can read more about the history of this extraordinary reference at "The Onlyvintage Magazine" Case n.: 623xxx Cal.: Automatic, cal. 1570 Diam.:  39mm Box & Papers: none Manufactured in: 1960


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.