1968 Rolex GMT-Master (Ref. 1675) MK I "Long E"
The Rolex GMT-Master, a symbol of sophistication and versatility, has a storied history that dates back to 1954. It all started when Rolex received a request from Pan American Airways (Pan Am) to develop a technical pilot's watch capable of displaying two time zones simultaneously. With the advent of commercial transcontinental flights, Pan Am needed a watch for their long-haul international flight crews that would enable them to keep track of time in multiple locations.
GMT, which stands for Greenwich Mean Time, is the universal time standard that regulates the world's clocks and serves as the basis for aviation planning and schedules. The Rolex GMT-Master is equipped with a fourth 24-hour hand that displays the same time zone as the standard 12-hour hand but on a 24-hour scale. This GMT hand allows wearers to set the watch to GMT or any other time zone and then adjust the offset using the rotating 24-hour bezel to display a second-time zone. This remarkable feature makes the Rolex GMT-Master a must-have for anyone who frequently travels across multiple time zones, allowing them to keep track of two time zones with ease and precision.
The GMT-Master looks perfect in every setting and makes an excellent travel partner, making it one of the most universally loved watches of today. This 1968 Rolex GMT-Master ref. 1675 is superb, from the strong case, beautiful lume patina, and excellent fat-font "Pepsi" bezel insert. This MK I "Long E" GMT 1675 would make for a perfect daily driver that is also highly collectible.
|Matte Black MK I
|Rolex Rolled-Link Jubilee Bracelet W/ 55 End Pieces
The strong case was previously professionally polished to display factory-like chamfers and angles with crisp finishing and thick lugs that show light signs of honest use. The original fat-font "Pepsi" bezel insert is in excellent condition, retaining vibrant colors with minimal signs of age and fading present. The Rolex rolled-link Jubilee bracelet with 55 end pieces retains 22 links that show some stretch and will fit up to a 7 3/4-inch wrist.
The original and very presentable matte black MK I "Long E" dial is in exceptional condition, featuring only subtle elements of age and no damage. The tritium lume plots have achieved an even creamy patina, under U.V. light inspection the 2 o'clock lume plot shows very minor degradation with the rest of the lume plots remaining fully intact. The original hands have been professionally restored with tritium to match the dial. The white date wheel is an early service replacement.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.