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Vintage of the Week: Rolex GMT Master 1675

April 14, 2015

BY Paul Altieri


The vintage Rolex GMT Master ref 1675 is one of the most recognizable Rolex watches and enjoys one of the longest production runs of any watch in Rolex history. Ref 1675 was produced between 1959 and 1980. Because of its long production run, this GMT Master is not difficult to find. There are some versions that are more rare and valuable, particularly among the earliest models.

A collection of GMT-Master 1675 watches.

Vintage Rolex GMT 1675 Wristwatch Collection


Throughout its long run, ref 1675 underwent several changes. Initially the earlier models featured a chapter ring and pointed crown guards. The earliest versions also utilized a Bakelite bezel. The first ten years of production saw a small triangle on the extra hour hand, offering a unique look. This addition was later replaced in the 1970s with a larger triangle. These early versions of the reference also featured gilt dial printing on the outer ring that went around the hour and minute markers on the dial. In 1965 the watch had been updated to all-white dial printing. By 1967, the outer ring had been removed completely from the model. The original pointed crown guards were also replaced with more rounded ones.

As Rolex developed more advanced movements, the caliber of the GMT Master ref 1675 was updated. The original ref 1675 featured caliber 1565 from 1959 to 1964. In 1965 the watch was updated to feature caliber 1575 until 1980.

The GMT-Master 1675 is a unique watch for its many variations.

This Two-Tone Rolex GMT Master ref. 1675 is black and gold, but the bezel has a solid color.


The GMT Master 1675 is not only aesthetically pleasing but also offers a waterproof oyster case that has the ability to withstand water pressure up to 50 meters (165 feet). The Rolex GMT Master is also the first Rolex sports watch to feature two bracelet options: the Oyster and the Jubilee bracelet styles.

The GMT Master 1675’s most recognizable features is certainly its unique two-tone bezel option. The striking red and blue bezel have earned the nicknamed the “Pepsi” bezel. This special bezel is highly sought after by collectors. By 1972 the bezel was available in all black, offering the wearer even more options.

rolex gmt vintage tropical dial

Rolex GMT 1675 Vintage Tropical Dial. What once was a Pepsi is now a fuchescia bezel.

One of the most recognizable Rolex watches ever made is the GMT Master ref 1675. Because of its long production run, it is fairly easy to find and add to your collection. If you want an aesthetically pleasing and popular Rolex watch, the Rolex GMT Master 1675 is a perfect choice. Always choose to purchase your Rolex watches from a trusted dealer, like those at Bob’s Watches. We can offer you great prices and quality timepieces. With a trusted dealer you know you are getting exactly what you want.



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