1966 Rolex GMT-Master (Ref. 1675) Gilt Tropical Dial W/ Fuchsia Bezel
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 long-haul international flights.
GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time - the time zone that 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 addition 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.
|Dial||Glossy Gilt Dial "Tropical"|
|Strap||Rolex USA "coffee bean" link Jubilee|
CASE & BRACELET
The excellent case remains sharp and is believed to remain in unpolished condition. the tops of the lugs and the case back shows finishing that is consistent with the Rolex factory finishing of the era. The bezel has achieved a charming fade and has taken on the sought after "fuchsia" coloration common with later gilt dial GMT's of this era. The watch will come supplied on a Rolex USA "coffee bean" link Jubilee bracelet with Rolex USA end pieces.
DIAL & HANDS
None. The watch was just overhauled and will come backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.