1960 Rolex GMT-Master (Ref. 1675) Gilt "Chapter Ring" Dial & PCG Case
The Rolex GMT-Master, a symbol of sophistication and versatility, has a storied history that dates back to 1954. It all started when Rolex received a request from Pan American Airways (Pan Am) to develop a technical pilot's watch capable of displaying two time zones simultaneously. With the advent of commercial transcontinental flights, Pan Am needed a watch for their long-haul international flight crews that would enable them to keep track of time in multiple locations.
GMT, which stands for Greenwich Mean Time, is the universal time standard that regulates the world's clocks and is the basis for aviation planning and schedules. The Rolex GMT-Master has a fourth 24-hour hand that displays the same time zone as the standard 12-hour hand but on a 24-hour scale. This GMT hand allows wearers to set the watch to GMT or any other time zone and then adjust the offset using the rotating 24-hour bezel to display a second-time zone. This remarkable feature makes the Rolex GMT-Master a must-have for anyone who frequently travels across multiple time zones, allowing them to keep track of two time zones with ease and precision.
The first few years of the reference 1675, the second GMT-Master reference to come from Rolex, saw rapid evolution in the model's design. This swift progression resulted in various iterations of the dial and case styles, all of which had minuscule production windows. This has become one of the most celebrated and documented eras for the Rolex GMT-Master and is generally referred to as the Gilt-era for Rolex.
|Dial||Glossy Black, Gilt "Chapter Ring"|
|Bracelet||Rolex "USA Made" Jubilee Bracelet W/ 50 End Pieces|
The excellent pointed-crown-guard case retains thick and symmetrical lugs that feature broad chamfers with minimal signs of previous polishing, and the original shape of the crown guards remains intact. The case exhibits honest signs of light use throughout. The watch retains its original bottle-cap bezel, and the original red back "Pepsi" bezel insert has achieved a beautiful red-orange and denim blue fade. The watch comes on a "USA Made" Rolex oval-link Jubilee bracelet with correct 50 end pieces, and the bracelet retains 23 links that show normal stretch for the style and age of the bracelet and will fit up to a 7 3/4-inch wrist.
The original and very early black glossy gilt "chapter ring" dial features a beautiful vintage aesthetic with a subtle speckled tropical patina throughout. The dial does exhibit some gentle elements of age and subtle spidering that would be expected for the age of the watch; however, these elements mostly enhance the aesthetic value of the watch. The most notable element of age is a small section of hand drag directly underneath the handstack. The transitional strontium lume exhibits no visibly notable degradation when inspected under UV light and features a patina that ranges from dark brown to a golden-tan coloration. The original gilt hands have aged a shade light that the dial and exhibit no notable degradation under UV light inspection. The GMT hand appears to have been repainted red but is likely original to the watch and exhibits subtle aging that is consistent with the rest of the hands. The metallic date wheel is original with "open" 6's and 9's.
None. The watch is keeping time, but the service history is unknown. A movement service can be provided upon request.