1977 Rolex GMT-Master (Ref. 1675) Mk. III "Radial" Dial

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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 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 Pan Am to create a technical pilot's watch that could indicate 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. 

The Mk. III matte dial for the Rolex ref. 1675 GMT-Master, also known as the "Radial Dial" or "Mini Dial", is revered as being the rarest and most unique variant among the matte dial range for the ref. 1675. The Radial dial is not only special among Rolex's GMT-Master models either. The Mk. III dial features design characteristics more similar to the Gilt-era of dial manufacturing, but not seen in any other dial produced by Rolex in the entirety of the matte dial sports models. The "Radial" or "Mini" dial nicknames come from the noticeably more centered and smaller lume plots represented as opposed to the more traditional Rolex matte dial format. The Mk. III ref. 1675 is loved by collectors not only for its rarity but because its characteristics offer a truly unique experience among one of the most historically significant references from Rolex.

Stock # RLXGMT1675III-2
Brand Rolex
Style GMT-Master
Model 1675
Serial 51XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Matte Black "Mk. III"
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Rolex 78360 Oyster Bracelet W/ 580 End Pieces


The impressive case appears to have been previously professionally polished to display factory-like dimensions, showing thick and symmetrical lugs with broad chamfers. The case exhibits honest signs of gentle use. The original and vibrant "fat font" red back Pepsi bezel insert shows light signs of use, namely between the 16 and 18 markers, but is otherwise in excellent condition. The original Rolex 78360 Oyster bracelet with 580 end pieces retains 12 links that show almost no stretch and will fit up to a 7 1/4-inch wrist. 


The original and rare matte black Mk. III "Radial" dial is in virtually perfect condition, showing no damage or age. The tritium lume plots have taken on a lovely creamy patina and show no degradation when inspected under UV light. The original hands have been professionally restored with tritium to match the dial lume. 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.

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