1971 Rolex GMT-Master (Ref. 1675) "Mk. II"
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 Pan Am 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.
GMT or UTC stands for Greenwich Mean Time or Coordinated Universal Time which is the primary time standard by which the world regulates clocks and time. GMT or UTC is the time zone that is required for all aviation planning, weather forecasts, schedules, and other paperwork.
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.
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 1971 Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 1675 is superb, from the strong case, beautiful lume patina, and excellent fat-font Pepsi bezel insert. This Mk. II GMT 1675 would make for a perfect daily driver that is also highly collectible.
|Dial||Matte Black "Mk. II"|
|Strap||Rolex 7836 Folded-Link Oyster Bracelet W/ 380 End Pieces|
The exceptional case features extremely thick and symmetrical lugs that display full chamfers and retain excellent factory dimensions. The original "fat-font" red-back "Pepsi" bezel insert is remarkably well-preserved with bright colors and almost no signs of previous use. The original Rolex 7836 folded-link Oyster bracelet with 380 end pieces is stamped 2/72 and retains 12 links that show light stretch from use.
The matte black Mk. II GMT-Master dial is simply flawless, showing no blemishes or signs of age. The tritium lume plots have aged to a lovely creamy yellow coloration and exhibit no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly, under U.V. light inspection the hour hand lume displays very minor cracking and remains stable, the rest of the hands show no degradation. The metallic date wheel is original with open 6's and 9's.