1971 Rolex GMT-Master (Ref. 1675) 18k YG
The Rolex GMT is the jet-setting icon of the Rolex sports watch family. The history of this sophisticated, versatile style dates back to 1954 when Rolex received a request from Pan Am to create a technical pilots watch that could indicate two time zones simultaneously. As advances in aviation made transcontinental flights commercially available Pan Am needed a watch that could be issued to their crews on the long-haul international flights.
GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time - the time zone which regulates world clocks and is required for all aviation planning and schedules. The Rolex GMT Master has a fourth 24-hour hand that directly displays the same time zone as the standard 12-hour hand but on a 24-hour scale. The addition of this GMT hand enabled crews to set the watch to GMT or another time zone, and, using the rotating 24-hour scale bezel, correct the offset to display a second-time zone on the 24-hour scale.
This feature is just as useful today, allowing the modern traveler to easily keep track of his home time zone, no matter how far he may have journeyed.
|Dial||Matte Brown "Nipple Dial"|
|Strap||Rolex 18k YG Jubilee W/ 54 End Pieces|
The beautiful 18k yellow gold case appears to have been professionally restored prior to our aquisition to maintain the factory appearance of the watch, retaining full and even lugs with light signs of use. The 18k yellow gold bezel has been lightly polished in the past remaining in wonderful over all condition. The bezel insert has taken on a stunning golden coloration that give the entire watch a unique aesthetic. The 18k yellow gold Rolex Jubilee Bracelet with 54 end pieces remains in remarkable unpolished condition and is taking on a lovely rosy patina, retaining 20 links and showing litte to no signs of use with very little stretch.
The watch just received a full service and comes backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.