1968 Rolex GMT-Master (Ref. 1675) Gilt Dial "Box and Papers"
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 pilots 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.
This specific 1968 Rolex GMT Ref. 1675 possesses an early gilt dial with a stunning matching lume on the dial and hands which remains in practically flawless condition. This specific example retains its original fat font insert which has taken on a wonderful and highly sought after ghost-like fade and additionally the case bevels can be clearly on the lugs. This example checks all the desirable vintage Rolex GMT boxes
Glossy Gilt Dial
Rolex C&I Oyster Rivet Bracelet
CASE & BRACELET
The excellent thick case remains in wonderful original condition thick and even lugs showing slight wear from use. The original fat font insert has taken on a beautiful and even ghostlike fade. The inside of the case back is stamped I.68 which places this at the very end of gilt production for the 1675 GMT. The watch will come to a later Rolex C&I oyster rivet bracelet
DIAL & HANDS
This handsome glossy gilt dial remains in wonderful and original condition. The puffy tritium lume plots and tritium filled hands are in beautiful condition and have taken on a matching and desirable golden patina. Both the dial and the hands show no lume degradation and when inspected under U.V. light and glow intensely and quickly drop off as they should for early Ref.1675 examples from this era. The glossy gilt dial is also taking on a deep dark chocolate like coloration when viewed in the sunlight. Absolutely stunning example!
The watch retains its original box, punched serialized COSC cert, instruction booklet, Recent Rolex Hong Kong Service documents which are also serialized, Rolex polishing cloth, wax seal hang tag and original Rolex crystal which was replaced during the service interval. The watch was just overhauled and will come backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.