1968 Rolex GMT-Master (Ref. 1675) Mk. I "Long E"
This Rolex GMT-Master possesses all the things we love about the ref. 1675. From the excellent Mk. I "Long E" dial, the clean Pepsi insert, and the strong case, this Ref. 1675 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. 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||Matte Black "Mk. I"|
|Strap||2pc Handmade Leather Strap|
The excellent case has been lightly polished in the past retaining very full lugs and crown guards with strong chamfers down the lugs. The bright Pepsi "fat-font" bezel insert remains in perfect condition showing no signs of use or fading. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.
The matte black Mk. I "Long E" dial is in superb original condition with almost no signs of aging. The tritium lume plots have aged to an excellent ivory patina, under U.V. light inspection the 2 o'clock lume plot exhibits very minor degradation, all the other lume plots are fully intact without degradation. The original hands have been professionally restored with tritium to match the dial.
None. Watch is keeping time at spec, extended service history is unknown.