1961 Rolex GMT-Master (Ref. 1675) PCG, Gilt Chapter Ring, Exclamation W/ Box and Papers
From the pointed crown guards and perfectly faded bezel insert to the radium gilt chapter ring exclamation point dial, this watch covers every facet of collectibility in a vintage Rolex GMT Ref. 1675. This watch is for the true collector ready to push their collection to the next caliber with a truly stunning historical piece rarely seen this complete and in this wonderful of condition!
The Rolex GMT is the jet-setting icon of the Rolex sports watch family. Like the Rolex Submariner, the Rolex GMT is sophisticated, rugged, and versatile. In 1954 Pan Am started using the newly designed Boeing 707 which allowed for Pan Am to fly transcontinentally and is said to have started the commercially available jet age. In the same year, Rolex received a request from PanAm to create a technical pilots watch which indicated two time zones simultaneously that could be issued by the airline to their crews on long-haul transcontinental international flights. The original Rolex GMT Master has a fourth 24-hour hand directly displaying the same time zone as the standard 12-hour hand but on a 24-hour scale. This GMT hand enabled the crews to set the watch to GMT or another time zone, and, using the rotatable 24-hour scale bezel, set to the correct offset thus displaying a second-time-zone on the 24-hour scale.
Glossy GILT "Chapter Ring" Exlamation
Rolex 7836 Folde-Link Oyster W/ 358 End Pieces
CASE & BRACELET
The excellent pointed crown guard case is thick with factory finishing still slightly present, showing light honest wear from use. The watch retains it's original "bottle cap" bezel with a wonderfully faded "fat-font" Pepsi bezel insert. The Rolex 7836 folded-link Oyster bracelet with 358 end pieces remains in unpolished condition showing some stretch from use.
DIAL & HANDS
The glossy gilt chapter ring exclamation dial is in excellent condition showing no spider cracking or chips. The dial itself is in the beginning process of going "tropical" and is a dark chocolate coloration in the sunlight. The original lume plots have aged to a nice brown coloration, exhibiting no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The exclamation dot at the 6 o'clock position on the dial is present but does show some degradation which is common for the reference. The original hands have aged slightly darker than the dial, under U.V. light inspections the hour, minute and little GMT hand exhibit some degradation, the sweep-seconds hand remains fully intact. The metallic date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.
Watch come complete with original inner and outer boxes, Bureaux Suisses papers, chronometer certificate, hang tags, and booklets. Watch is keeping time at spec, extended service history is unknown.