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 Pan Am 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.
GMT or UTC stands for Greenwich Mean Time or Coordinated Universal Time which is the primary time standard by which the world regulates clocks and time. GMT or UTC is the time zone that is required for all aviation planning, weather forecasts, schedules and other paperwork.
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.
This specific piece would make a great daily driver for the man always on the go and would make a great addition to an existing collection as Ref. 1675 GMT's are becoming harder to find due to the fact they are becoming highly collectible and sought after among collectors.
CASE & BRACELET
The case has been previously polished at some point but retains good thick lugs and minimal wear. The Pepsi insert was replaced at some point most likely during a service at Rolex. The watch will come supplied with a NATO Strap
Dial & Hands
Later era matte dial that was replaced during service during the 70's. The tritium lume plots have taken on a charming creamy and sought after ivory like patina. The hands have achieved the ivory-like patina also match the dial perfectly and when inspected under UV teh dial and hands do not show any tritium lume loss. Date wheel possesses open 6's and 9's
The watch is keeping time at COSC spec but additional service history is unknown.