This specific 1978 Rolex GMT possesses all the things we love about the Rolex GMT 1675. From the Mk. V dial to the perfectly faded "fat-font" black insert, worn perfectly on strap or more casually on a NATO. This Ref. 1675 GMT would make a great daily driver for the man always on the go.
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.
Black (Matte) Mk. 5
2pc Leather Strap
CASE & BRACELET
The strong case has been previously polished retaining full and even lugs. The original black "fat-font" bezel insert has a scratch between the 4 and positions and has taken on a wonderful deep brown coloration which matches the dial patina nicely. Watch will come on a 2pc handmade leather strap of your choosing.
DIAL & HANDS
The wonderful Mk.5 dial is in excellent condition. The tritium lume plots have aged to a vibrant orange coloration. The original hands have been professionally restored with tritium to match the dial. The metallic date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.
None. The watch was is keeping time accurately but extended service history is unknown.