Exclusive Timepieces 7 –⁠ 8 December 2019 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide selection of very fine vintage timepieces, property of various prominent collectors will be presented in this sale. Including a fine selection of Longines Chronograph coming from one of the most important collections worldwide.

25 Rolex Very well Preserved and Desirable GMT-Master Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Reference 1675, With Sweep Center Seconds, Date, Original Box, Papers and Bulletin

Estimate: € 22,000 –⁠ 50,000

Sold € 39,000

Lot Description

Model: GMT-master
Material: Yellow Gold
Reference N°: 1675
Year: 1969
Case N°: 2046713
Caliber: 1570
Movement type: Automatic
Bracelet: Leather
Dimensions: 39 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement
Accessories: Box, Papers and Bulletin

Due to the extraordinary success of the Rolex Sports models in the 1950s, it came to no surprise when the world’s largest airline Pan Am commissioned a specially designed watch allowing their pilots to keep track of time in two locations. That’s why the first GMT model, Reference 6542, was launched in 1954 with its immediately recognizable bakelite bezel insert with the twenty-four hour markings printed on its underside. Following the success of the reference 6542, only five years later Rolex introduced the following reference 1675 which remained in production until 1980 that have now become definitely desired by collectors and enthusiasts. But, while the first GMT Master was born to be a real tool watch, the following models soon began to be manufactured in precious metal for a lavish touch. Cased in 18K yellow gold, the present timepiece is a representative of the “luxury evolution” of the GMT-Master series. Moreover, has been set aside the iconic bicolor bezel for a new one in full brown. This lot is preserved in very beautiful conditions with a nice satin finish on the lugs: the crown guards, introduced with this model, are still cool and defined. The brown bezel above mentioned is basically untouched and its style brown-gold perfectly match with the case and dial. The dial has indeed been realized in a dark brown color with applied luminous yellow gold baton, triangular and dot indexes, for this reason also know as nipple dial given the particular shape of these numerals. The outer minute/seconds divisions is open while is for sure present the aperture for the date, magnified by the cyclops lens on the crystal glass. The caliber is the automatic 1570 with Microstella regulating screws. The present lot strikes not only for the great conditions of preservation but above all for the full set which accompanies it: original warranty, booklets, fitted box, tag and bulletin de marche!