1967 Rolex GMT-Master (Ref. 1675) Mk. I "Long E"
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 PanAm to create a technical pilot's watch which indicated 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.
|Dial||Black (Matte) MK I|
|Strap||Rolex "U.S.A Made" Oval-Link Jubilee Bracelet W/ 50 End Pieces|
CASE & BRACELET
The strong case has been previously lightly polished and displays thick lugs and crown guards that show light, honest signs of use. The red back "Pepsi" bezel insert retains vibrant colors and shows minimal signs of use. The Rolex "U.S.A Made" oval-link Jubilee bracelet with 50 end pieces does show stretch from use, which is common for this style bracelet from this era and retains 18 links.
Dial & Hands
The matte black Mk. I "Long E" dial is overall very clean and in impressive condition, showing only minimal signs of age. The tritium lume plots have aged to a charming creamy ivory coloration, under U.V. light inspection the 7, 10, and 12 o'clock lume plots show some degradation, the other lume plots remain fully intact. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly and exhibit no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The silver date wheel displays closed 6's and 9's which is correct for this era.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty.