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Lot 1

VINTAGE ROLEX GMT-MASTER 1675 PEPSI STAINLESS STEEL

Auction Ended On:
June 15, 2020
3 Total Bids
Auction Ended:
$24,000
Reserve Met

Product Details

Lot 1
Starting Bid: $20,000
Estimate:  $20,000 to 35,000
Manufacturer: Rolex
Year: Circa 1966
Model Name:
GMT-Master
Reference: 1675
Case Serial Number:
1,4XX,XXX
Condition: Excellent condition.
Material: Stainless Steel
Dimensions:
40mm
Bracelet: Stainless steel rivet-style Oyster bracelet with folding clasp.
Item Number: 105202
Movement:        Cal. 1570, manual-winding, 26 jewels.
Signed Case, dial, movement, and bracelet.

Rolex GMT Master 1675 Stainless Steel 

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Condition Report

Dial

Excellent original glossy gilt dial with creamy yellow hour markers and matching hands.  All lume glows brightly when exposed to UV and falls off rapidly at the same rate. The gloss lacquer is in excellent condition with a mirror like finish. Features a mini-GMT hand-set. 

Case

Excellent original stainless steel case that has previously been polished in the past with light wear from use.  Serial and reference numbers remain crisp and well defined. 

Bezel

Excellent original fat font Pepsi bezel insert which has beautifully faded to a light blue and pink. Bezel insert has very light wear consistent with age. 

Bracelet

Original stainless steel 9315 fold-over oyster link bracelet with 12 links. Bracelet is in good condition and has slight stretch from use. The clasp stamped with a 3-70 date code. 

Box and Papers

Bob's presentation box, Certificate of Authenticity, and warranty card.

Catalog Essay:

Rolex introduced the reference 1675 GMT-Master in 1959 as the second iteration of its iconic dual-timezone pilot’s watch. While the ref. 1675 was not the very first GMT-Master watch that Rolex ever released, it represents the point in the collection’s history where the GMT-Master first started to gain its own unique look and feel. For many collectors, the ref. 1675 is the quintessential vintage GMT-Master watch, and surviving examples of this historic reference can be found with a surprising range of variation.

While the inaugural Rolex GMT-Master reference was essentially a modified version of Rolex’s existing Turn-O-Graph model, the ref. 1675 was designed from the ground up to be a watch entirely of its own purpose-built design. With the introduction of the ref. 1675, the case of the GMT-Master grew to 40mm and it also saw the addition of crown-guards - two traits that have been featured on every GMT-Master watch that Rolex has released ever since.

Production of the ref. 1675 GMT-Master lasted until 1980, and during that time, Rolex produced the reference 1675 with a variety of different dials, hands, cases, bezels, and bracelets. Early-production examples such as this particular Rolex GMT-Master 1675 from 1966 feature glossy gilt dials and small GMT hands, which make them significantly more rare and valuable than the later-era matte dial examples that followed.

This Rolex GMT-Master 1675 is in excellent condition and is fitted with an original gilt dial, small GMT-hand, and fat-font ‘Pepsi’ bezel insert. Additionally, since this particular example was manufactured in 1966, it represents one of the last examples of the ref. 1675 to feature these rare and desirable vintage traits from the ‘golden era’ of Rolex sports watches.

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