1978 Rolex GMT-Master (Ref. 1675) Mk. IV W/ Box and Papers
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 edition 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.
Matte Black (Mk.4)
CASE & BRACELET
The excellent and unpolished case retains sharp factory chamfers showing honest wear. The bezel remains in sharp factory condition. The "Pepsi" fat font insert has taken on a beautiful even fade. The U.S.A. made Rolex oval-link Jubilee bracelet is in excellent condition showing normal stretch for this style bracelet and age.
Dial & Hands
The wonderful Mk. IV dial is in stunning condition. The lume plots have aged to a perfect yellow coloration, showing as fullying intact when inspected under U.V. light. The original tritium hands have aged a shade lighter than the dial and show no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The silver date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's
The watch comes complete with the original Rolex inner and outer boxes, booklets, warranty paper, hang tags, and extra links.