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.
This specific 1966 Rolex GMT Ref. 1675 produced toward the end of the gilt dial era has stunning lume on the dial and hands which are in remarkable vintage condition. This example retains its original and beautifully faded "fat font" insert, a wonderful thick case, and excellent oyster rivet bracelet.
Glossy Gilt Dial
Rolex 7206 Oyster Rivet Bracelet W/80 End Pieces
CASE & BRACELET
The wonderful thick case has been previously lightly polished. The original "fat font" Pepsi bezel insert has faded in a striking fashion but still remains vibrant in coloration. The earlier Rolex 7206 Oyster Rivet bracelet with 80 end pieces, stamped 3/62, was sourced with the watch and remains in excellent unpolished vintage condition exhibiting dome stretch.
DIAL & HANDS
This end of production gilt dial remains in beautiful vintage condition, showing some minor surface scratches, common for this dial variant, that is only visible under a loupe. The original tritium lume plots have aged to a charming golden coloration and remain fully intact. The tritium hands match the dial perfectly and show no degradation when inspected under U.V. light.
None. The watch was just overhauled and will come backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.