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 the long-haul international flights.
GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time - the time zone which 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.
Glossy Brown "Nipple Dial"
Rolex 18k YG Jubilee W/ 54 End Pieces
CASE & BRACELET
The strong 18k yellow gold case has been previously lightly polished but retains full even lugs showing very light wear. The original 18k YG gold bezel remains in wonderful condition containing the original all brown "fat font" insert in exceptional condition that has taken on a very light fading and almost no signs of wear. The Original 18k YG Rolex "D-link" Jubilee bracelet with 54 end pieces is stamped 1/70 and remains in excellent condition showing normal stretch for this era and light polishing on the clasp. Case back is engraved A.F.T. which can be removed upon request.
DIAL & HANDS
The original and early brown glossy dial remains in exceptional vintage condition, there is light lacquer loss at the 6 o'clock position but is otherwise flawless. The gold "nipple" lume plots have been inspected under U.V. light, exhibiting no lume loss and have taken on a wonderful creamy patina. The original tritium lume hands have aged slightly lighter than the dial lume, but match the overall look and feel of the watch. Under U.V light inspection, the hands exhibit no lume loss or degradation.
The watch just received a full service and comes backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.