This specific 1969 Rolex GMT possesses all the things we love about the Rolex GMT 1675. From MK I "Long E" dial to the perfectly faded Pepsi insert, worn perfectly on a leather strap or more casually on a NATO. This Ref. 1675 Pepsi GMT would make a great daily driver for the man always on the go.
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.
Black (Matte) MK I
Antique Calfskin Watch Strap (Desert)
CASE & BRACELET
The recently polished case retains thick lugs and with factory finishing present showing little to no wear. The original "fat font" Pepsi insert has taken a striking light blue/bright pink fading to the coloration. The case back is stamped I.68.
Dial & Hands
The early Mk. I "Long E" dial remains in excellent vintage condition. The tritium lume had the era correct "band-aid" texture and has taken on an excellent creamy patina. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly; under U.V. light inspection the hour and minute hands show no degradation, the sweep seconds hand exhibits some cracking in the lume. The silver date wheel is a later service replacement exhibiting closed 6's and 9's.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty.